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Jeff, A Gulf Pilot House?
I have owned a Gulf 29 for the past 3 years.
The hull of a Gulf 29 is the Newport 28 hull with a swimstep bolted to the transom. All Gulf boats had an option of inside steering, but mine does not have it. I carry the remote for my autopilot inside to steer when I am inside.
They achieved the pilothouse by lowering the deck forward of the house. The top of the pilothouse is no higher than the top of the doghouse on a Catalina 30 for example. You will not have standing headroom in your head or V-berth as a result.
The windows give you 360 vision from inside which is nice when you are motoring home on a cold and rainy day and you want to be warm. I use my boat in Puget Sound and the Straits of Georgia, so water coming over the boat is not a big concern for me, but I would have strong reservations on taking this boat offshore because the windows on the sides are nowhere close to being secure enough to stop a wave from punching them out. I know people who have made trips from the west coast to Hawaii and back in the 29, but I would not.
I like the boat. It sails well in light air and is very responsive. My boat is a 1985 and has a Universal 25hp M-25xp 3 cylinder diesel. I know earier models had either a 15 or 18hp 2 cylinder.
Here are some stats which may be useful.
Main 160 sq ft
Lapper approx 215 sq ft