Hi I have a Gulfstar 39
This one is Australian registered and sailed from USA to Australia
Ivam a boatbuilder
and currently fully re building woth view to join ARC Round the World
next time it comes through.
This boat was in pretty bad state of repair when I bought it.
lining is pretty easy to replace if you know what you are doing.
Yes window leaks.. yes porthole leaks
Good news is the company that made the original portholes still in business.
You will have to reseal everything as the bedding compound used originally wasvthe 5200 3mstuff
Good to start with but goes hard when ageing and shrinks. Any older boat you buy will have the problem. Just pull it all off and rebed in Sika 291 which will stay flexi and go the distance.
This one I found was in Marshall Islands
for a fee years and had white ant attack wjich chewed out the chain plate
bulkhead behind the shower
which was riddled with osmosis
anyway so took that out to rebuild
the bulkhead. Making a new moulding now for the shower
. Front cabin was a write off on this one due to leaky portholes. I stripped and rebuilt entire front cabin over two weekends. Now very comfortable and I liveaboard
. Beautiful boat to liveaboard
Dont let anyone tell you these boats are slow
They sail brilliantly and I wsd really surprised after I bought it.
It depends how much you know about sail trim etc I suppose. I keep up with much bigger boats here in Oz .
Any older boat will have nasties and require elbow
grease. Bottom has been stripped and epoxied on mine.
Gulfstar 39 a loverly boat