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Re: 29 Gulf Island Sloop

Hi,
When out of the water the Gulf Island 29 has a very similar profile to the Alberg 30. The 1ft difference is quite pronounced, quite a bit less space inside than the Alberg. Having said that the G.I.29 is perhaps just a tad tougher than the Alberg. It's displacement is the same in spite of it's smaller size. The Alberg had absolutely no steerage in reverse whereas the G.I 29 does have some steerage in reverse but not a whole lot. They sail almost identically but the G.I has more weather helm that the Alberg. I recently returned from a 900 nm trip in Wrinkles and I must say I only became more endeared to her. She is lovely to sail, lovely to look at and very comfortable inside. I had lots of room inside because I was alone. She is good for 2 but more than 2 for other than a day trip would be a challenge. Wrinkles sails very well down wind. On one leg of my trip I did 20 nm wing on wing, between anchorages, in 3 hours. It was an awesome sail. Albergs are very soft and heel over very quickly with any kind of wind. Wrinkles still does that but has a little more resistance to it (hope that makes sense) I sailed my Alberg to Hawaii and back and would not hesitate to make the same journey in Wrinkles. I had Wrinkles surveyed and came out with no recommendations - which is a first for me with any boat. I know Albergs are subject to mast compression and have to be fixed correctly to prevent it. I dont believe that could ever happen with the G.I 29 because the mast is directly over a very heavy bulkhead. I was not able to find out any more information but I did hear of one gouing aground on a rocky beach this past April and considering what it went through the damage was minimul. They dragged it off the rocks, ran it to a yard and fixed it quickly. They are tough! If you have any specific questions please ask and I will do my best to answer them.
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Re: 29 Gulf Island Sloop

Thanks for your reply. It sounds like you give them a very resounding endorsement.

The picture posted earlier in this thread looks a little different then the one(s) I'm checking out. Is she at all similar to this boat on the bottom ISLANDER 29 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com? The ad I'm looking at on kijiji for a Gulf Islander shows a boat similar to the one in the link but only one window in the lower part of the cabin as opposed to the two in the Islander and 3? in the previously mentioned photo in this forum.

I'm stuck in the Praries until the end of September so at the moment I'm just hoping it doesn't sell before I get home.
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A remarkable similarity in appearance, it is hard to believe that they were produced by 2 different designers. The minor differences I can see are the nav lights are aft of the 2 forward windows and not inbetween as on the Islander. The displacement of the Islander is about 1,700 lbs lighter than the Gulf Island and although the picture shows a full keel the specs say a fin keel. I see on the Islander that it has a huge boom and is rigged exactly the same as Wrinkles with the 2 pulleys instead of a traveller. That situation is a bit challenging and I would like to change it but have not figured out just how to do so yet. The main problem is that the tiller is set all the way aft and so has to be operated between those 2 pulleys. On the plus side the tiller does not take any room up in the cockpit but it does have limited side to side movement between the pulleys. When needing more sideways movement I have to raise it up and put it outside the pulleys. The system does not lend itself to a conventional traveller, there is no where to fit one. The Gulf Island was designed by Derek Cove and was manufactured at the Chine Boat Yard in Vancouver (long gone). Are you sure that the specs match the drawings?
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I think sailboat data just misslabeled the keel as fin instead of full, or 3/4s. Comparing the pictures in the two ads Island 29, Gulf Island 29 it looks like the one labeled gulf has a more squared off roof at the front of the cabin similar to what I can make out on the front of the boat in the picture near the beginning of this post.

I'm waiting to hear back from the seller but do you know off hand what the LWL is and how much ballast the Gulf carries?
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Sorry no idea what the LWL is, I never measured it and it is not noted in the survey. Neither do I know what the ballast weight is, there is so little information available and it is impossible to know. If you send me a private mesage I will send you pictures of Wrinkles in and out of the water.
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Re: 29 Gulf Island Sloop

I have a 1967 Gulf Island 29' Sloop (S/V Sophia). I purchased this boat about 12 years ago and lived aboard her in Monterey, California for 3 years. She is a terric boat to sail. With the propper sail configuration I have sailed her in very high wind and seas and felt very comfortable. She is currently located in Hood River, Oregon. If any one would like to know about these boats please let me know.

I am considering purchasing a larger boat for my family of four. She has a Cape Horn wind vane, Radar, a nice larger dodger and even a diesel cabin heater.

I am looking for a Cape George 36 with a pilot house.
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Re: 29 Gulf Island Sloop

Hi, just a couple of questions. What kind of mainsail control do you have? On Wrinkles I do not have a traveler, instead there are 2 blocks, one at each side of the tiller. The way the tiller is set up I do not see any way of changing this to a traveler system. I do not have a boom vang nor any kind of preventer on the boom. There are so few of these boats around that I have not seen any to compare with.Also, have you ever experienced any weather helm on your Sophia?
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