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post #14 of Old 03-29-2013
rmeador
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Re: Gulfstar 37's Pro's & Cons

Bene, I have not read the article you refer to, as I am not a subscriber, but I do know that Gulfstar went through three distinct phases (I know a guy who used to work for them, both at the yard and as a broker). In the first phase, they produced a bunch of crappy motorsailers and power boats. Then they started producing well-built and good-performing sailboats -- this was from around 1976 - 1984. After that, for reasons unknown they began to cut corners and the quality of construction went significantly downhill. I lucked into buying a boat from the good period in the middle, and now knowing what I know, I'd be entirely comfortable buying another one -- my boat is extremely solid. I would not buy a boat from either of their two bad periods.

1979 Gulfstar 37 Laissez Faire
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