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Gulfstar 41 Sloop
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Description: Gulfstar 41 Sloop
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Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Fri May 1, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Gulfstar 41 is a heavy boat with a displacement of about 23,000 lbs, beam of 12', LWL 33', and draft 5' with a nice encapsulated keel (not bolt-on). The engine is the well-known Perkins 4-108 which has 41-47 hp depending on the source of information. If you care for the engine carefully I personally wouldn't worry about its age and it should do nicely for many years; the compression in my cylinders, for instance, is essentially the same as when the engine was new. There's no problem with spare parts either as a couple of companies still make them since the engine was so popular. The engine has two starter controls, one in the cockpit which is very hard to use as its down by your feet, and one just outside the engine room. Basically a solid, strong boat which is very comfortable. Problems I've noticed include: placement of engine controls; standard propane storage under helm seat is not sealed and not safe as gas could leak into the boat and must be replaced with some kind of sealed unit. On an older boat like mine all the thru hulls should be carefully inspected and probably replaced and upgraded...their quality is questionable and on mine the corrosion was very severe; the original wood parquet floors probably looked great when new, but the glue is now disintegrating and I had to seal mine then cover it with carpet; some of the floor beams needed to be rebuilt and reinforced as some of the original work wasn't up to par; the engine room door is very small and hard to get through for a bigger person; deck drainage isn't very good and water pools in a couple of places - I'm planning on installing two deck drains. On the plus side the boat handles well, ventilation is great as you would expect in a boat built in Clearwater, FL; it's very comfortable and the aft cabin especially is great. The port settee is narrow and I'm in the process of taking mine out and building in two comfortable chairs with a very small table between them. The boat is a fine value but most people will want/need to put some serious money into refurbishing and upgrading a boat of this age but assuming you do it should serve you very well for many years.
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Registered: January 2000
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Review Date: Mon August 3, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This a strong and well built boat that was originally designed for charter and Bahamas use. It's low aspect ratio means it will go under bridges in the ICW, but is under-canvassed in light air. The layout is superb for extended live-aboard (which I did full-time for five years in Connecticut) and is a comfortable and safe cruiser. It powers well (7+ knots) with its Perkins 4-108 diesel and sails reasonably well as long as there is over 10 knots of wind. The hull is immensely strong and there is no sign of blistering even after 23 years -- most of which was in the water, year-round, salt water. Weak points are leaking ports (PYHI opening ports have become brittle with age and the dogs break off) that have caused some rotting of the veneers and floor beams, chainplate leakage (mulitiple caulking each year), and wide spreaders which limit the ability to sheet-in large jibs for close hauled work. Strong points are its layout (wonderful aft cabin, huge nav station, large engine room), it's ease of maintenance (just enough teak), and its ability to be single handed (sheet winches can be accessed while sitting at the helm). I've owned this boat since 1979 and still love it for cruising with my family of four.
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