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I am a new member to SailNet. I am currently involved in the purchase of a 1966 Gulf Island 29 sloop. I have been a sailboater for over 30 years but 2 years ago fell off the wagon and sold my Alberg 30 for a Bayliner 32 Explorer powerboat. The idea was to have a bit more room and comfort while boating in the Pacific Northwest. The room and comfort certainly worked out, especially in early spring during sometimes miserable conditions. But..... I missed my Alberg terribly and became discontented with power. One day a couple of months back while strolling a dock looking at sailboats, I came across a delightful Gulf Island 29 named WRINKLES. Very similar to the Alberg 30 in appearance, sometimes gets mistaken for a Pearson. A tad narrower than the Alberg but built just as tough with identical hull lines. I sailed my Alberg from Vancouver Island to Hawaii and back and have seen a brief reference to a Gulf Island 29 making the same journey. It was a SailNet post but a very old one. I have searched elsewhere for information about the Gulf Island 29 but have found hardly any reference to them. I know that they were a Derek Cove design and that they were built in Vancouver at Chine Boat yards at least between 1966 and 1974 but I do not have any other information. If anyone can help with further information on this fine old make and model of boat I would be much obliged.
 

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I've seen a few of these around... they are indeed similar to the A30 - the easiest way to distinguish them at a distance is the number of ports in the house forward (the Alberg has two, the GI 29 only one)

Bill Wolferstan, well known for his seminal cruising guides (published by PY back in the 80s) used one for his explorations as he put his books together.

Beyond that I can't help you much, I expect that she will behave very similarly to what you're used to.. and will certainly sail better than your B32!!;)
 

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Since you're looking around here, you might want to check out the Pacific 30 as well. Very similar size, looks etc. but more of a fin keel - an early style one with soft garboards (large garboard radius??) and fairly long. Internal ballast I believe. They were designed by Ray Richards. They were built on the Island as well. I've seen a few and they are nice looking boats with what looks like good build quality.
 
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Thanks for your message but the Gulf Island 29 is a done deal. I take delivery of Wrinkles on March 1st.
Well, then, congrats on your purchase! I hope you have a great time sailing her. Good luck with your search for further information on Gulf 29s.

Tom
 

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These may well have been sold as hull & deck kits.. but I suspect a few would have been finished by the builder. Not too sure how many were actually made, but I'd guess not more than a couple of dozen judging by how common they aren't, even around here.
 

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You could well be right about this but considering the production span - at least 1966 to 1974 for sure, it is strange more information is not available. I cannot even find out any information about Chine Boatyards but I have heard of Derek Cove before - at least his name rings a bell.
 

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Hello!

I am a proud owner of a 1968 Gulf Island 29, which I bought a couple of years ago (my first "big" boat!). When I bought her, the broker gave me a photo-copy of an old magazine article about the Gulf Island boats that featured Bill Wolferstan's Tumbo (an older version with a transom mounted rudder). I can't remember which magazine the article came from, maybe Pacific Yachting???. But she's a great solid boat, definitely very similar the the Alberg/Triton models. I am planning on spending this upcoming summer on her sailing down from Wrangell, AK to Puget Sound, hopefully via the "outside" inside passage. Hope to see you and 'Wrinkles' around.

Eric
 

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Hello Eric!

Good to hear from you. I am going to try and track down the Bill Wolferstan article you mention. Is your Gulf Island custom finished? I would be interested to know. What is her name? If my plans go according to schedule I will be leaving Deep Bay around May 10th for a trip up north to explore some of the area north of Cape Caution. Depending on when you will be travelling we could well cross paths.
 

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posting pics

Pretty east to do. Set up an online picture hosting acct, I use Photobucket.com. upload your photos. Once you've done that you can view them in an album. Move your cursor over the picture and a few lines will be highlighted. Click on the bottom one where you see
 

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Or upload them straight from your computer.
The attachment feature here doesn't work real well.. a photo hosting site is better and I believe that lurkers (ie non members) can see the images if you go that route..
 
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