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Old 10-19-2019, 05:12 AM   #1
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Hello everybody, i am new to this forum, let me introduce myself decently:
My name is Joop 60 years old, live in the Netherlands nearby a lot of water, so have had little and bigger boats since i was 15 years old.
Have had a little wharf during a decade fixing all kinds of steel build yachts
(thats how we build them mostly in Holland) and know how much work it is to maintain steel yachts.
Now we wanted to have another boat, obvious it had to be GRP , by chance we saw a Gulfstar 36 trawler 1972 and where in love ! it has everything we need.
Of course we must do a lot of things , but it doesnt look bad and has had a good owner. made a list of attention points , have read all possible information on the internet about this boat , and are going to inspect the boat tomorrow for the second time , will problaby forget a lot of things and think too easy about fixing them but can do a lot myself, and knowing that no boat is perfect are going to buy it anyway.
There are just a few of these boats in Europe and probably just one or two in the Netherlands.
I will keep you informed of the progress and invite other owners to exchange their experience with me.
Excuse me for my english spelling errors for it is not my birth language.
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Old 10-19-2019, 06:22 AM   #2
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Welcome! Best of luck with completing the deal on your new boat, whether this one or another, and I look forward to hearing about the work you'll do to make it yours.

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Welcome Joop! Half the fun of owning a boat is solving all the problems that come up. With a boat that age it will almost be a blank canvas and when your through you will know all the systems intimately. I hope the boat is all you expect it to be and that you will enjoy many years of cruising aboard.
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Dear Joop,

Send pictures.

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Old 10-19-2019, 11:03 AM   #5
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Hello pete thanks for welcoming tried to send pictures but didnt work so it seems have to figure out how it works , am just an old monkey who learned a trick not so good with computers etc sorry
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Hello pete thanks for welcoming tried to send pictures but didnt work so it seems have to figure out how it works , am just an old monkey who learned a trick not so good with computers etc sorry
Welcome Joop. Would you generally recommend steel boats over fiberglass boat?

I have often wondered about living and traveling the ICW, on a canal boat.
Because of our geography and weather on the US east coast, at least one A/C would be necessary along with heat. Because there are many out of the way places to visit and anchor, a generator and water maker along with some solar panels would top everything off.
I guess the bilges of the canal boats are fairly shallow to hide all the above.
I also understand, very few if any have duel inside outside helm stations.
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Welcome aboard. Gulfstar were a pretty nice boat. Keep us informed as to your progress.
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:13 PM   #10
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:29 PM   #12
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Do not buy a steel boat on salt water , most private people cannot maintaine them well enough to last long
Do not know what you mean with icw , or canalboat our yachts are mostly heavy built and depending on the type of boat have lots of space in the bulge they mostly sail on lakes and canals and with nice weather on the northsea many of them are seaworthy but the crew is not ( northsea can be very dangerous when the wind picks up )
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Gulfstar, sorry I forgot you may not be familiar with the usage in the US.
ICW stands for inter coast waterways. They are basically wide canals constructed to move freight and for military movements, similar to our interstate road system.
For further in-depth information I have provided a URL to Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intracoastal_Waterway

I do hope that clears up any confusion.
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Old 10-20-2019, 02:47 PM   #14
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Hello Dan
Great waterways you have very long distances too , you asked me what kind of building material i would prefere , well its not easy to answer but for your trip on sweet water its more depending of what you can get for the money you can spend, if you will use the boat on salt water too i would prefere grp it will safe you a lot of work preventing rust
I would take a heavy bulky boat of say about 12 mtr with a single diesel of about 120 hp , cruising with hullspeed will save you a lot of fuel. You need a big fueltank of about 1000 ltr and. 500 ltr drinkingwater we over here have a lot of little steel trawlers but i think you have more grp build ships , for your trip the smallest grandbanks by example would be my choise it will do the job fine
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Joop, welcome aboard TF. We all like to see photos of other people's boats.
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Welcome aboard. Gulfstars are Florida built boats and were well built. Usually built-in/integrated/GRP fuel, water and holding tanks, and thick GRP hulls. Good luck with the search.
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Old 10-20-2019, 03:36 PM   #17
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Hi i made some albums with pictures bought the boat today see my album
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Hello Dan
Great waterways you have very long distances too , you asked me what kind of building material i would prefere , well its not easy to answer but for your trip on sweet water its more depending of what you can get for the money you can spend, if you will use the boat on salt water too i would prefere grp it will safe you a lot of work preventing rust
I would take a heavy bulky boat of say about 12 mtr with a single diesel of about 120 hp , cruising with hullspeed will save you a lot of fuel. You need a big fueltank of about 1000 ltr and. 500 ltr drinkingwater we over here have a lot of little steel trawlers but i think you have more grp build ships , for your trip the smallest grandbanks by example would be my choise it will do the job fine
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Old 10-20-2019, 03:51 PM   #19
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Hello i bought the gulfstar today a bit dirty after 1,5 year not cleaning up due to healthproblems but everything works even the original switchboard some minior problems with leaking window corners and we have to do a paintjob but it has a great cosy interior and we love it already cant wait to get it into the water
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