We recently purchased a Gulfstar
Hirsh 45. It's quite different from the other Gulfstars above, and in fact has a PHRF of 120, which isn't so bad for a big centerline queen. It's no Farr design.... but I do get a consistent 7-8kts under normal conditions. Also, draws 5'5" and is incredibly comfortable to live aboard. Incidentally, it's also a ROCK when it comes to the apparent strength of the structure. I came up hard on a dock
my first day piloting it, and instead of the little crack/crunch sound you might hear on many boats, it ended up breaking the dock
... ha ha.
Drawbacks would be:
liner/pan makes reaching some plumbing
difficult - I got around this by running new plumbing
outside the liner.
*Perkins engines of that era are getting a little tired by now, although mine has no problems.
batteries and charger
aren't up to task for running computers
and such at anchor
*Original Alder Barbour fridge and fridge compartment are grossly inefficient. The fridge compartment is almost twice as large as the rated size the Alder Barbour can effectively cool. It just doesn't work. Either replace the Alder Barbour or block off a lot of space in the fridge compartment to insulate and reduce volume.
*5'5" is a little tight in parts
of the Bahamas
Other than that... I'm extremely happy with this boat.