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windship 12-14-2004 03:26 AM

Gulfstar 50
Does anybody have any insight as to why the Gulfstar 50 is so affordable?


ct 12-14-2004 11:52 AM

Gulfstar 50
Hmmmmmmm, I don''t exactly know however, it might have something to do with their age. Most of the Gulfstar 50''s are gettin'' a little long in the tooth, many were charter fodder and they didn''t exactly start out in the high-end social circles.

I looked at a good many of them before we found Musashi, but never ran across one that we wanted to sink our money into.

There are some that sing their praises, but my experience is that those aren''t on the market. Many GS 50''s I looked at a couple of years ago are still on the market today.

Be careful out there- "sharks" are in (or on) the water. Good luck~~~~~~~~

windship 12-15-2004 03:59 AM

Gulfstar 50
Thanks for the reply.
I didn''t realize the charter thing. Your right.
How is the build quality?
How do they sail?


ct 12-15-2004 06:24 AM

Gulfstar 50
Actually, I understand that for a production boat the quality wasn''t too bad. As I remember they had some problem with water leaks around the lights (windows) and through the hull/deck joint.

The glass lay up was better than average, again for a production boat. You''ll want to have the hull inspected very carefully. Bad glass can ruin your day.

I have known a few and read about a few more here that, though they were aware of some quirks and tolerable problems, overall they were happy with their boat. You should speak with someone who owns one and get their opinion. Just be sure they have owned their boat for some time and that they USE IT for something other than a seagull and pelican roost.

Good luck~~~~

windship 12-15-2004 09:27 AM

Gulfstar 50
Thank you ct,


DaveB. 12-18-2004 07:57 AM

Gulfstar 50
If I remember right, John Kretschmer talks about the Gulfstar 50 in his book "Used Boat Notebook" (though I don''t remember whether he answers your question).


Jeff_H 12-19-2004 10:41 AM

Gulfstar 50
The Gullfstar 50''s were a real mixed bag. First of all they offered a lot of performance for a pretty reasonable price. They are comparatively small boats as 50 footers go. The glass work on the hulls was comparatively heavy, but nothing to write home about. The interiors vary pretty widely on these boats from reasonably well built to slapped together to go into the charter trade and be trashed after 5 years. As built the systems and harware on these boats were really quite junky but the good news is that many of these boats have been carefully and lovingly restored and upgraded.

I think that their current inexpensive prices come from their lack of deck and interior volume (for a 50 footer) and the market perception that these were not all that well constructed when new and it had been 20 plus years since they were new.


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