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3 Weeks Ago 11:22 AM
SloopJonB
Re: Any Gulf 40 drivers out there?

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Originally Posted by Jokeu View Post
It is still in very good condition, beside some rotten bulkheads and deck.
So, other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?
3 Weeks Ago 10:21 AM
Jokeu
Re: Any Gulf 40 drivers out there?

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Originally Posted by Big Skookum View Post
I stumbled upon this feed searching the internet. I own the first fiberglass Gulf 40 which I am prepping to refurbish this next year. The fiberglass Gulf 40's were built in Shelton, Wa by my grandpa on his property. I own Big Skookum which was the first boat out of the mold. I believe Moonshadow was the second boat out of the mold which was my cousins and the 3rd boat was Silverfox which was sold by the original owner about 10 years ago. I believe it is still around the Tacoma, Wa area. There were a total of 13 boats that were built on the property. There is one for sail down on the coast of Oregon and another is in the Caribbean and is run as a charter boat. I am trying to track down all of the boats, so any information would be helpful. My grandpa is now 90 and cannot remember the names of the boats or the owners.
I also stumbled in this feed. I own a fiberglass Gulf 40 Cape San Lucas as well! Eventide was bought last year in Annapolis, MD. I bought it through a broker, so I didn't get to meet the owner, but my understanding was that he cruised it across the panama canal and up the east coast. It is still in very good condition, beside some rotten bulkheads and deck. Me and some friends are refurbishing it for something like a circumnavigation... It would definitively help me with the work if we could share information.
03-03-2015 11:18 PM
Big Skookum
Re: Any Gulf 40 drivers out there?

I stumbled upon this feed searching the internet. I own the first fiberglass Gulf 40 which I am prepping to refurbish this next year. The fiberglass Gulf 40's were built in Shelton, Wa by my grandpa on his property. I own Big Skookum which was the first boat out of the mold. I believe Moonshadow was the second boat out of the mold which was my cousins and the 3rd boat was Silverfox which was sold by the original owner about 10 years ago. I believe it is still around the Tacoma, Wa area. There were a total of 13 boats that were built on the property. There is one for sail down on the coast of Oregon and another is in the Caribbean and is run as a charter boat. I am trying to track down all of the boats, so any information would be helpful. My grandpa is now 90 and cannot remember the names of the boats or the owners.
03-03-2015 01:14 AM
gac22
Re: Any Gulf 40 drivers out there?

I know of the Gulf 40's that were built in Shelton, including Moonshadow. There were 12 built from the mold that belonged to my dad (Morgus Diving and Marine). I have more information about the the boats if anyone is interested.
11-18-2014 07:04 PM
MeridianYachtsBrokerWes
Re: Any Gulf 40 drivers out there?

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Originally Posted by Sailfaster View Post
Very interesting, Bob. I didn't know there were more Gulf 40s in Puget Sound. And more interesting is that I believe Moonshadow was built in Shelton. Not of strip plank, but fiberglass. She didn't have much tumblehome so may not be the exact same design. I'd love to see the plans you have as it may just be a link to a very special yacht.

The actor Hal Holbrook had a Gulf 40 named Yankee Tar. We met him in Opua, New Zealand in 1981. He later donated his boat to a maritime museum in Virginia.
The "Yankee Tar" Hal Holbrook Gulf 40 designed by Garden was built by Cheoy Lee. This S/Y was also written about in Novel "Beer in the Bilges".
10-16-2014 09:37 AM
bobperry
Re: Any Gulf 40 drivers out there?

Sailfaster:
The stamp does say "Shelton, WA." But the construction show timber build and tumblehome. Maybe the builder took the tumble home out so he could pull the hull from a mold easier.

I have one big print, that's it. I also have the small drawing in Garden's design catalog he gave me when I was 16 years old. It show fin and skeg hug rudder. You would be welcome to stop by and look at the print anytime. Or I could get a copy made for you for $100. My time is valuable.
10-16-2014 02:06 AM
Sailfaster
Re: Any Gulf 40 drivers out there?

Very interesting, Bob. I didn't know there were more Gulf 40s in Puget Sound. And more interesting is that I believe Moonshadow was built in Shelton. Not of strip plank, but fiberglass. She didn't have much tumblehome so may not be the exact same design. I'd love to see the plans you have as it may just be a link to a very special yacht.

The actor Hal Holbrook had a Gulf 40 named Yankee Tar. We met him in Opua, New Zealand in 1981. He later donated his boat to a maritime museum in Virginia.
10-15-2014 12:45 PM
bobperry
Re: Any Gulf 40 drivers out there?

There were about three Gulf 40's in the Seattle area back in the early 60's. I used to race against them. I remember one was owned by a guy with an Italian name. I want to say something like Al Stromboli but that's probably not correct. One had an awful looking spinnaker. Looked like an elephant's ass. They were not fast boats but I always admired the look. I think they were built in Hong Kong.

Now this is a coincidence!
I just happen to have Garden's construction plan for the Gulf 40 on my drawings board today. Don;t know how I got it but I used to pester Bill for old prints and I had a bucketful. The date on the drawing is "May '63". It says "1964 model" at the stop of the sheet.
LOA 39'9"
DWL 28'0"
Beam 10'10"
Draft 6'1.5"

The drawing shows a strip planked boat with a modified full keel but I recall some had fin keels and skeg hung rudders. Sections show quite a bit of tumblehome.

I found this print rolled up with a bunch of drawings I did back when I was a kid.

There is no client name on the drawing but on the back of the print there is a stamp saying:
"Morgan Diving and Marine Enterprises, Shelton, WA and scribbled in pencil it says "$500 due".
10-13-2014 01:44 AM
Sailfaster
Re: Any Gulf 40 drivers out there?

My cousin had a William Garden Gulf 40 sloop named "Moonshadow." I crewed aboard for about a year and a half in the South Pacific in '81-'82. Moonshadow was built out of fiberglass in the PacNW as a custom job. I did a lot of driving for sure. The Gulf 40 sailed pretty well and we had one of the fastest passages from Fiji to New Zealand in '81 of 8.5 days. I was wondering what happened to the boat and stumbled on this post.
03-31-2013 12:01 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Any Gulf 40 drivers out there?

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Originally Posted by jrd22 View Post
SJB- thanks, never heard of that Garden model and when he said "pilothouse"....

Yikes, 25' WL on a 40 footer?
I've seen the same hull with a very glassy pilothouse - it's illustrated in Garden's book. The one I saw for sale in S.F. was that version but I couldn't find a pic of it.
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