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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » G - Boats starting with 'G' » Gulf

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Gulf 32
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Description: Gulf 32
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun July 25, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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great cruiser and liveaboard
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun May 21, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A comfortable pilothouse cruiser for cooler climates. Easy to sail and better upwind than I had expected for a full keel boat. The designers should have put more thought into space utilization for long distance stowage.
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jnfrey
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Registered: January 2001
Posts: 4
Review Date: Fri April 26, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Gulf Pilothouse 32 is a very roomy 32 foot boat. It's easy to sail. Mine has a self-tending jib. It's a heavy weather boat, and can really take a pounding. In light airs, it's slow. For this reason, some of them are cutter rigged. It does not have a lot of storage for blue water cruising, but it is fine as a coastal cruiser, which is what it is intended to be. My 36 hp four cyl. Perkins diesel pushes it along just fine. It is a heavy boat, mine is 16,000 pounds. The fiberglass is thick, the deck is balsa cored. It's never had a blister. I have a force 10 heater which makes it comfortable in all weather.
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JilesHinson
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Registered: June 2005
Location: Castle Hayne NC
Posts: 1
Review Date: Tue June 28, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned my Gulf 32 cutter for three years and have sailed mostly in the Pamlico sound and Neuse river area of North Carolina. I have found the boat to be capable in every respect when dealing with the unpredictable weather patterns of the North Carolina outer banks. On a recent trip from Oriental N.C. to Ocracoke island in 25 to 30 knot winds and 6 ft. seas we left the three boats we were sailing with 55 minutes behind us at Brant Island shoal. I do not feel the speed of our vessel was the reason we were so far ahead of the others,rather the sea keeping ability of the Gulf 32. Her weight and bulk allow her to put her shoulder down and run while lighter boats must reduce sail to remain under control. In light air though I must admit she's a slow boat to China. All in all the Gulf 32 is well....comfortable.
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bwindrope

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Registered: February 2007
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Posts: 267
Review Date: Sat December 8, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Seaworthy, comfortable
Cons:

Our Gulf 32, Aeolus, lives with us here in the San Juan Islands of NW Washington and so she gets a lot of use. We have had her about one year, and in this time I have extensively updated her and come to love her very much. My family, meaning my wife and I and our two small sons, have sailed her all over these islands and especially up into British Columbia. Lots of amazing trips and family adventures under our belt with her.

Back when we were looking for a family cruising boat, I looked here on sailnet and wished there was more information about the Gulf 32, so I am going to add some more in case someone else needs what I needed at the time.

My family wanted a comfortable, solid, sea kindly, fun and relatively affordable boat for lengthy trips here in Puget Sound and up the Inside Passage to Alaska and perhaps down the coast to more southern latitudes someday. Basically a very capable just more than coastal cruiser. Not a day sailor but have no current plans to cross oceans or be away from a port more than a few weeks at a time.

I've sailed her in gale winds, nasty breaking seas and all sorts of calm weather.

What I have learned is that:
A. She sails very capably at all points. I am rarely passed by another vessel, even when pointing, and then only if it is one of the mega yachts around here. Hull speed about 6.7 or so. Mine is sloop rigged. She is so stiff it is crazy. She will reluctantly heel over just a bit, and then even if close hauled and 25 knots, with full sails up, she will not put her sides all in the water. My wife and two boys are always comfortable. She is not spry or lively, no Ericson 28, but carries enough sail that again I have never ever felt fat and slow. We don't race, but I do like to move along.

B. She is the most light and airy and comfortable boat her size I have ever been on. This is critical to my wife. The pilothouse gives her all the light and air in the world. I am 6'2" and have gobs of head room. I don't duck. Plenty of visibility from the pilothouse. When calm and raining, I will often steer from the inside station since we are motoring and nothing is to be gained by being in the cockpit. Have friends with a beautiful Crealock 34, and I get depressed just going down inside. Dark and tight and tiny, despite being bigger.

C. Have replaced the pilothouse windows with tempered glass, 3/8" up front, for better clarity and strength. The old acrylic was crazed. In case you were wondering.

D. The Tsing Tao web site has a lot of information about this Gulf (they traveled to Mexico a lot and know her inside and out) and about certain things to upgrade electrically and such. I've made the upgrades and now have a better electrical system than most.

As a family cruising boat, with amazing space, we could not be happier with Aeolus. I don't see another boat in her range of size that I would trade her for. Not when you consider her pilothouse, her stiff attitude, her sailing speed, her tracking, her cost, and her user-friendly design.

You'd be lucky to have one, and I don't sell boats!

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Aeolus
Gulf 32
Bainbridge Island, WA
www.gulf32aeolus.blogspot.com
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