Originally Posted by Defiant II
Osirissail's loud & broad opinion is indeed unfortunate. His knowledge is reflected by the fact he bought a Gulfstar motor
sailer. Yes, big, roomy and actually a powerboat surplus hull with a keel slapped on
. Power boats never seemed to be Lazzarra's passion and suffered for it.. . . .
[Huh? The boats are single piece molded hulls - there are no "detachable" keels or "keels that can be "slapped on".
I specialize in restoring GS50's and GS44, . . .
Every boat has it's detractor - i.e. someone who missed a payment and the bank took the boat back et al... Consider your source...
[Where in heck did that statement come from? Are you asserting that my Gulfstar - that I own outright and am currently still living on - was repossessed from me?
I glad you can know me so well as to cast aspirations on my experiences with Gulfstars in the Atlantic and Caribbean
while you seem to have your experience only in the Pacific and western coasts. . .
Everybody has their own experiences and each is valid within their own areas. You do not know me or my history
so your claim to "expertise" is a bit egotistical in the least.
However, your own experiences are indeed just as valid as my experiences with Gulfstars. Only mine are based on the 1970's versions and also my personal friendships with workers who actually worked in the Gulfstar factory making these boats. You can learn a lot from the guys who actually laid up the hulls and put the boats together and had daily contact with the management of the factory.
With any boat be it a Gulfstar, or anything else, there are hulls that were not done as well as other brands of boats - i.e., made to price-point with a management who at the time was characterized by the workers as cheap
and corner cutters.
Later in the history
of Gulfstar things most probably changed (Gulfstar built over 560 power boats and over 1100 sailboats) - but anybody seriously looking at 30+ year old boats had better examine them very carefully and learn how they were built so you don't spend significant money
and then have to chainsaw the remnants into the demsey dumpster at worst or invest nearly what you paid for the boat in correcting deficiencies that other brands do not have.
If you are in the business of rebuilding a brand of boat and then selling it for a profit then I might be a little suspect as to "glowing" recommendations of that particular band of boat.
Cruisers who actually own a particular brand boat and are still living and cruising on them would, in my opinion, be a better source of recommendations than someone who does not live on one and buys them for churning after some refurb'ing.
But bottom line, everybody has different experiences and opinions all of which are valid within their areas and lives. Nobody is the "one and only expert" and everybody else is "lesser" because they have had different experiences and knowledge.
A smart buyer of an "old" boat has best listen to all the experiences and opinions that can be found and then use their own common sense to evaluate a boat they are interested in buying