Everyone agrees that the 45' Gulfstar Hirsch is a reputable vessel. But Beware of the one for sale in Ferdinado Beach, Florida. I hope this will save you a trip out there, as many others have wasted their time and money... The boat has major problems that are not mentioned in the for sale ads or on the phone by the sellers. We have discovered the following: no title, bent prop shaft, damaged rudder, bearing housing is missing, motor is out of boat and owner claims he has pieces, many longitudial cracks in hull, very very poor fiberglass repair
throughout the boat, bad welds on railing, railing needs to be replaced, needs complete sand and paint
job, many missing and damaged rub rail pieces, no sails, bent jib
, all electrical needs to be replaced, rotted floor in cabin sole, navigation seat missing, oily water in bilge, broken frig, electrical panel is made out of an plastic bowl, submerged in hurricane, very large cracks in shower floors, and much more... They paid only $3000 for the boat at an auction in mississippi, and we believe they may have stripped some of the pieces. Additionally, the owners were very hard to communicate with. They demanded their full payoff without a title. We disagreed, and wized up that something just did not sit right with them. We dreamed of fixing her up and sailing into the sunset, but that dream was halted by difficult sellers.