Looking at the two boats on Sailboatdata one of the striking differences is their displacements, 23K verses 38K. I have a fiberglass
37’ double ender that displaces 28K.
has great lines and accommodations but that is where the applause ends. She is too light and WILL flex when you get into the sh*t crossing an ocean. They have always had a reputation for a shoddy build. She also has a fin/spade rudder
combo that I would never go blue water
with. The Gulfstar to the contrary is a heavier lay up and I would venture to say doesn’t flex at all. The modified keel
with skeg is a better combination for off shore, however, in my opinion a bit too shallow draft
for off shore work. Btw those picture windows are a no, no for blue water. Her age would be my big question. Have the systems on board been updated?
With regard to the rigs, the Hunter will definitely sail and point better but I do not like tall rigs without a backstay. They make me nervous. The Gulfstar's ketch
rig is not my first choice. A cutter
rig would be ideal but the ketch
does have the advantage of the extra stick in case of a dismasting
I would go to the Hunter and Gulfstar forums
and read through what owners have to say about these two models and by all means get in touch with Kenomac; he knows what he's talking about. There is a reason why he owns an Oyster
and it's not just because he can afford it.
Frankly speaking, there are better choices for blue water out there in your price
range. The problem is you may have to compromise on size.