We have both! We live on a 1973 Gulfstar
and just purchased last September a 1979 Endeavour
37 A plan. The Gulfstar
is built on the sailboat hull
, his sons did not like sailing and took their fathers sailboat hulls and turned them into trawlers until 1978 when they started to make dedicated powerboat hulls. I have nothing but praise for the traditional looks and build of the Gulfstar. The major problems are the decks, but that is not the fault of Gulfstar, it is the lack of maintenance
throughout the years!! No one rebeds the fittings and water
gets into the balsa core
. The hull
is nice and thick and have had no issues with blisters(knock on wood) but have heard of some problems like almost all the boats out there. Fit and finish will most likely depend on previous owners. I had open up and replace The entire deck
(96 feet) and replace with marine
ply because I'm insane and I want a solid boat
. This was going to be the forever boat
to go down island until my wife FINALLY got bitten by the sailing bug, thank god! So now we are rehabbing the Endeavour
and having a blast sailing the crap out of her(that is when we get the chance between all the projects). I believe you find the sailboat that you love and are willing to put in either the sweat equity like myself or a crap load of money
for something that is already done. No boat is perfect and everyone can find things that need improving, the important part is falling in love with it or your not going to have the fortitude to finish it.
So long ramble shorter, if ya like the Gulfstar get it, sure there will be some updates that need to be done, but enjoy her along the way!