Break, curse, fix, repeat
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
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Have to chime in here about pilothouses in general and our Gulf 32 in particular. This has been a great thread to come across, and I echo all sentiments toward creating a pilothouse specific part of this forum. They are all fairly unique from their dark depressing brethren, and most share similar design objectives.
Anyway, love our Gulf 32 for all the reasons others like Rick have mentioned. Ours is a beauty that had been commissioned in 88 as a true cruiser with lots of beefy good equipment, and then experienced benign neglect on the Columbia river until we got her 18 months ago. Sails raised like 10 times in the 19 years before we got her. 500 hours on the diesel. Like I said, benign neglect.
I am 18 months into a complete overhaul and recommissioning! It's been a tremendous amount of almost always fun work. List of projects I've completed goes on and on.
We're outfitting her for extensive coastal cruising and eventual/hopeful trips down the West Coast from our home base in Washington to Baja and such. In the meantime, we sail her extensively in this paradise and up to British Columbia. On her almost every weekend for 10 months of the year, and then still a bit in mid-winter.
As I've written elsewhere, we love most everything about her. Her looks, her comfort, her visibility, her stiffness, her speed under sail, and so on. Always proud, rarely jealous. I would love a chance to shake Bill Garden's hand!
Tried to upload pictures. Can't. Any tricks?
Bainbridge Island, WA
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