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Gulstar 39. I wish to see one. Please help.

Hello everyone. I'm in the Houston/Galveston area and would like to look at a Gulfstar 39 to help me make a few decisions concerning if this is the boat for me to purchase as a live-aboard. I've looked/read up on MANY boats and feel the Gulfstar 39 is the one for me. But you know how it is,,, I need to look at one.

There are two on the east side of Florida for sale, one in San Diego and one in Cowichan Bay, BC. Either distance is a plane trip and I'd rather find one closer to me if possible.

If you can help me I would greatly appreciate it.
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Re: Gulstar 39. I wish to see one. Please help.

Can't help you out exactly, but WOW... the price difference between the two in the US and the one up here, which looks pretty good in pictures. Of course there could be issues..

We knew a couple 8 or so years back that bought one - could be the same one for sale now in Cow Bay. At that ask the plane trip could be worthwhile... The other two seem very overpriced, upgrades or not.

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Re: Gulstar 39. I wish to see one. Please help.

Hi Faster.

The one in B.C. is right there close to you. I'll be doing as much inspecting as I can without flying up there. If it still is something I'm interested in I'll get a quote for transport and go from there. The one in San Diego will cost just shy of $10K to have shipped over land to Houston area (Clear Lake).

You have me wondering if the one by you is the couple 8 or so years back that you mention.

Hummmm,,,,,
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Seems like a nice boat reasonably priced: 1981 Gulfstar Sailmaster sailboat for sale in Florida And while in Florida see this one as well Used 1981 Gulfstar 39 Sailmaster, Jacksonville Beach, Fl - 32080 - BoatTrader.com

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Hi krisscross.

Yep, I'm watchin both of those plus 2 others.

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Interesting range in the prices. Just as a point for consideration, the 1981 Gulfstar 39 Sailmaster @ $69,000 seems to be the only one with a real rubrail. That is something you might wish on your boat, especially in places where large tidal ranges and pilings are often a part of your docking. A rubrail can slide along the pilings w/o causing any damage to your hull. It is also a step up from a floating dock or dinghy onto a high freeboard vessel like the Sailmaster.
To me a good rubrail is easily worth 20 grand. It would certainly cost a lot more than that to put one on and nearly that much to repaint her every now and then, as you might have to do w/o the rubrail.
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Interesting range in the prices. Just as a point for consideration, the 1981 Gulfstar 39 Sailmaster @ $69,000 seems to be the only one with a real rubrail. That is something you might wish on your boat, especially in places where large tidal ranges and pilings are often a part of your docking. A rubrail can slide along the pilings w/o causing any damage to your hull. It is also a step up from a floating dock or dinghy onto a high freeboard vessel like the Sailmaster.
To me a good rubrail is easily worth 20 grand. It would certainly cost a lot more than that to put one on and nearly that much to repaint her every now and then, as you might have to do w/o the rubrail.

I agree with you about one of the two things you mention.

I noticed the rub-rail situation quickly. Rub-rails protect but also look SHARP so I spotted it.

I have to disagree with the cost to add one. I honestly have no experience doing one but I do have a bit of experience with other things. If adding a rub-rail cost over $4K, I'm quitting what I do for a living and becoming a "Rub-Rail Installer".
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If adding a rub-rail cost over $4K, I'm quitting what I do for a living and becoming a "Rub-Rail Installer".
A proper rubrail isn't something one just sticks on a boat. The interior has to be dismantled, the area strengthened and backing plates installed for the bolts that hold it on. Then you have to reinstall the interior. Then, most likely the interior would need a bit of varnishing or painting so it doesn't look like you just dismantled and reassembled the interior. Never mind the cost of about 65' of the SS rubrail metal.
If you can do that for 4k on a 39' boat, then I agree, you should quit your present job and start installing rubrails.
I can't even get anyone down here, where labor is a fraction of that in the states, to replace the cockpit coaming teak on our boat for anywhere near 4k, even if I supply the wood!

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A proper rubrail isn't something one just sticks on a boat. The interior has to be dismantled, the area strengthened and backing plates installed for the bolts that hold it on. Then you have to reinstall the interior. Then, most likely the interior would need a bit of varnishing or painting so it doesn't look like you just dismantled and reassembled the interior. Never mind the cost of about 65' of the SS rubrail metal.
If you can do that for 4k on a 39' boat, then I agree, you should quit your present job and start installing rubrails.
I can't even get anyone down here, where labor is a fraction of that in the states, to replace the cockpit coaming teak on our boat for anywhere near 4k, even if I supply the wood!

I pictured it being about that much work, not having to remove the entire interior though, but I'm sure several pieces of it. But yes, backing plates for each fastener location. Yes, I'm sure the material would cost a lot.

Ok,,, maybe $5K, lol

One thing I'm wondering is since that one boat has the rub-rail and the other 3 don't then what else is "missing" from the other 3. What/why does this situation exist? Seems that since they are all 4 model year 1981's, seems they should all be the same as far as trim. Maybe that was an "option"?

I've noticed the one in San Diego is the only one with a bow pulpit too. Wonder why that is? It, and the one in Saint Augustine FL are quarter birth models. The quarter birth models are designated "MK-II".

Right now I'm to busy getting my house on the market and I can't make a move till it's sold. I will be calling about each one of these boats in detail when the house is sold and the money is in my bank.

Can't wait to be a liveaboard again and enjoy the lifestyle once more.

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