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Old 29-07-2015, 04:54   #76
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We own and live aboard our 1975 Gulfstar M53 Motorsailor (Ketch). We are quite happy with her (recently traveling from Tampa to the Chesapeake). We bought her to enjoy coastal and Caribbean cruising but have no desire to cross an ocean or circumnavigate. We think she is well suited for our lifestyle; is in excellent shape and certainly "right for us." The PO paid close/loving attention to routine inspection/maintenance as do we.

Lots of opinions and well documented knowledge floating in this long-running thread. Some of which we have experienced as true - and some we have yet to identify is a problem on "our boat."

Noteworthy...Our reputable surveyor found no evidence of pox/blisters on our last haul-out. Our next haul-out will be 2016 to do some more upgrades (rear thruster, forward looking sonar, extended swim platform, new thru-hulls, chain-plate replacement and the routine maintain and replace actions along with a full bottom job).

In the interest of contributing to the Gulfstar knowledge base (if useful to anyone), I have the original architect drawings of our vessel from her construction that I'd be happy to photograph and provide to someone wanting to see them.

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Thanks for your note. Interesting that you sailed from Tampa to MD. We sailed from Tampa to Norfolk and then on to New London, CT. We will likely return to Chesapeake Bay in the winter because New London freezes. I have some of the original drawings of our boat including the hull and mast arrangement. What I would really like to see is a wiring schematic for a large Gulfstar.

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Old 30-07-2015, 04:17   #77
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mlucitt...I checked my drawings - sorry, no wiring schematic reflected.
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Old 09-08-2015, 12:12   #78
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Also, to all the other gulfstar owners. My wife and I are starting a blog about a refit on a 1981 Sailmaster 39. Wouldn't mind having any input people have to offer!

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Old 27-03-2017, 17:19   #79
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are you still on this boat,i am looking at a78 aft cockpit,are the decks and house cored? thank you
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Old 27-03-2017, 18:54   #80
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Don't know if helps but hole saw plug from installing wash down pump fitting on deck on our 78 gulfstar 37. Balsa Core 1/2", top laminate about 3/16", bottom laminate 1/16". Just little over 3/4" total.Click image for larger version

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Thank you ,the core looks great,seems like some leaks around the two cabin top hatches have created a mess on the one i am looking at,thank you again,Brian
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Thank you ,the core looks great,seems like some leaks around the two cabin top hatches have created a mess on the one i am looking at,thank you again,Brian
We had leaks this past winter on both ports over the saloon. Figured out they are Atkin Hoyle ports and ordered replacement gasket material. The "give" of the gasket material is critical. I tried a same size from a local chandlery (perfect I'm sure for another brand port), but it didn't work. Last rains and the inside of the boat appeared to be dry.

We also had leaks from the mast and installed a boot made from an inner tube. Seems to work just fine.

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Old 28-03-2017, 11:25   #83
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Don't know if helps but hole saw plug from installing wash down pump fitting on deck on our 78 gulfstar 37. Balsa Core 1/2", top laminate about 3/16", bottom laminate 1/16". Just little over 3/4" total.Attachment 144105
I'm thinking about installing a washdown pump on our GS37 as well. Do you have any documentation on what you did, pump installed, fitting on deck, etc.

Since installing a compost toilet we have two unused thru holes that would be terrific for an anchor raw water washdown.

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I'm thinking about installing a washdown pump on our GS37 as well. Do you have any documentation on what you did, pump installed, fitting on deck, etc.

Since installing a compost toilet we have two unused thru holes that would be terrific for an anchor raw water washdown.

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I have a Jabsco pump mounted under the head sink on mine. I'll get the part number for you, but any ~5gpm pump will do. I'm actually not a huge fan of Jabsco...

The hose then runs up the chainplate access space aft of the vanity to the deck.

Also, in response to some comments earlier in this thread, the previous owner sailed my 37 across the Pacific and back and then from California to Annapolis via Panama. Last summer I took her to Bermuda. So
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Old 29-03-2017, 07:35   #85
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Thank you ,the core looks great,seems like some leaks around the two cabin top hatches have created a mess on the one i am looking at,thank you again,Brian
The boat is cored above the waterline. Solid fiberglass below. We also have some soft spots that we fixed. There seems to be leaks all over the side windows and some hatches. Repared the bad areas and now starting to fix the leaks. Windows are simple, just recalk, but the hatches require a little more work. Hope this helps!
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I think the real test is how far people have been able to get in these vessels. No judgement are you a Harbor queen, weekend cruiser, Coastal cruiser or passage maker? If you are or have been an owner please let it out, How far have you ventured?
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We own hull No G.S. 141 aft cockpit ! We have owned her for 14 yrs ! We only do 55 miles coastal each yr. I do know of other models including ours that have sailed far and wide, with no issues. As far as core issues, isn't that a problem of neglect ! If have hatches and portlights bedded at some point in time they will start to leak ! I don't think any mfg can get around that ! As far as Atkins and Hoyle lights I re-glazed, and gasketed them myself ! No leaks no issues ! I did not go to A. and H. do to their pricing, ! Gasketing material I got on line, and lens at the on line or local glass shop!
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I have a Jabsco pump mounted under the head sink on mine. I'll get the part number for you, but any ~5gpm pump will do. I'm actually not a huge fan of Jabsco...

The hose then runs up the chainplate access space aft of the vanity to the deck.

Also, in response to some comments earlier in this thread, the previous owner sailed my 37 across the Pacific and back and then from California to Annapolis via Panama. Last summer I took her to Bermuda. So

We installed a Whale pump under the head sink, probably similar to your install. I decided to keep it simple and simply ran a hose up to an access port I cut to the right of the medicine chest. In use, I connect the hose and run it out of the port in the head and forward to the anchor. Used three times now, and love it.

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Just reaching out since these posts are almost 7 years old. I have a 1982 Gulfstar. When i purchased it in 2014 I assumed i would learn on this boat, then get the boat I really wanted. At 40 feet it was bigger than I thought i needed but the buyer was motivated even though it had a big refit in 2009 and had spent most of its life on Lake Michigan I bought it for what I thought was a steal with little to loose. Have to say i continue to be amazed at the quality of the hull. and even the interior finish. Ok, its not a Halberg Rossi level of finish, but for a weekend sailor who tests the gulf stream on occasion it has exceeded our expectations. Most of the things I have had to do have been things done to it since manufacture. Upgrading electronics, sail repairs, refrigeration. This has a split walk over cabin and two heads. Would love to connect with other Gulfstar owners out there. Maybe a refresh of this thread will smoke out a few more.
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I would highly recommend that you join the Gulfstar Owners Association on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/gulfstarboats/

Very active group of people, and a search in the group may likely find answers already given by members.

Hope to see you there.

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PS - Not sure how one "joins" the group, but if you need me to use the Add members function, let me know your email and I'll input it.

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Just reaching out since these posts are almost 7 years old. I have a 1982 Gulfstar. When i purchased it in 2014 I assumed i would learn on this boat, then get the boat I really wanted. At 40 feet it was bigger than I thought i needed but the buyer was motivated even though it had a big refit in 2009 and had spent most of its life on Lake Michigan I bought it for what I thought was a steal with little to loose. Have to say i continue to be amazed at the quality of the hull. and even the interior finish. Ok, its not a Halberg Rossi level of finish, but for a weekend sailor who tests the gulf stream on occasion it has exceeded our expectations. Most of the things I have had to do have been things done to it since manufacture. Upgrading electronics, sail repairs, refrigeration. This has a split walk over cabin and two heads. Would love to connect with other Gulfstar owners out there. Maybe a refresh of this thread will smoke out a few more.
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