Originally Posted by TMT2
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.
Fair Winds to all.
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
arrangement. What I would really like to see is a wiring
schematic for a large Gulfstar.