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Gulf 29 by Capital Yachts
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Description: Gulf 29 by Capital Yachts
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri February 11, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Gulf 29's are classic pilothouse sloops with excellent sailing manners. They draw attention wherever they go! I have had mine for eight years here in the Portland, Orgeon area. The pilothouse is a great choice here in the Pacific Northwest, both summer and winter. With both inside and outside steering stations, we have all-weather comfort. (This was an optional feature, though most boats came with it.) We also like the airiness and the full around view from the inside. Our Gulf has a fin keel with spade rudder. Waterline length is 25.3 feet with 7700 lbs displacement, with 3200 ballast on 5.1 feet draft. Beam is 9.33 feet and sail area is 375 sq.ft. Most boats had the M-18 Universal diesel engine (15 hp) although some early models had smaller M-15 (11 hp)and some later models had larger M-25 (21 hp).
I have added an oversized 3-bladed prop (probably a little too big) but wish I had more horsepower when pushing into head seas and wind. I have about 1000 hours on the engine with no repairs. Heavy weather work will shakeup the fuel and clog the injectors, so be sure to drain the sediment out of the tank before any offshore adventures. This is from the voice of experience!

My boat had been bulletproof. I have been across the Columbia River bar and up the coast to the San Juans and down to Olympia several times. I have grounded (Columbia River!!) and hit logs (several times, ouch!)without any major damage. (This is not recommended!)
The boat sails like a sailboat, not a motorsailer, I often sail with my roller genny only, being lazy. I now tend to reef the main early so I dont work too hard. The boat is on the light side with plenty of sail, so it can be fast. I use my spinnaker less and less, because the 155% genny is just about as fast. Heavy air sailing is our thrill and we usually use the 110 jib and reef or double-reef the main. The boat has enough rudder, even in heavy conditions, to keep on track.

As you can read, I am sold on Gulfs! I think the 29' was the best of the three (27', 29', 32') I wish they came with an aft cabin and I have customized the interior a lot for better use.
If you are interested, I can share my ideas and you can see what you think. I have a lot of info on Gulf from Capital Yachts and right now they are a great buy on the market.

Smaller pilothouse sailboats are hard to find and not a lot of Gulfs were made. The boats hold up well over time and were solidly built. What other pilothouse can you even find in this size and at these prices? These are excellent all weather coastal cruisers, speedy under sail and comfortable for small family or couple.

Are you interested in an owner's club? We are toying with the idea, e-mail us!

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Review Date: Fri December 14, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Good review of the gulf 29'. I noticed you said they are great coastal cruisers. Is there something about them that would not make them suitable for off shore ?
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dalloydie
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Registered: March 2008
Review Date: Mon March 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hi, I'm thinking of buying a Gulf 29 but have never seen one up close and in person. Do you still own yours? I live in Vancouver WA. Would it be possible to see yours? Maybe just walk by while she's tied up. It would be great to see below decks if your willing to meet (I'll bring the beer) but I'd be happy just to see her lines and construction.

Thanks - I only have a few days to decide so contact me privately at dalloydie@yahoo.com if you want to tell me where she is moored.

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brentreardon
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Registered: January 2008
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Review Date: Sun March 8, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
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Originally Posted by brentreardon
I too own a Gulf PH 29. They are a wonderful boat hear in the FS bay area.
Mine is a 1985 with a universal 18, avery reliable engine. haehad a few problems with blisters and windows leaking but it's an old boat. sailing in the rough waters of the SF bay gets a bit bumpy and I would not recomend for off shore, but on a broad reach it's a wonderful sail. For a boat of its size it has a lot of nice features like getting out of the weather!

I'm looking for someone who has an installed water heated. I would like to add one to the boat and would like to see how others have done it . If you have a few pictures of your water heater installation, I would appreciate it if you send them along.
Thanks
Brent
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