If anyone is still following this thread, I raced and cruised on the Hood
Gulfstar 40 for 12 years. The family
owned one which we sailed extensively from the time I was 12 to 24. Great boat
. Goes upwind like a sunuvabitch. Awesome to roll up the board to 4 foot draft
and get in those shallow spots. My dad won literally a room full of trophies with her. He had a shelf mounted in his office that went around all 4 walls lined with trophies and plaques. Built like a brick outhouse.