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Old 03-01-2013, 06:05 AM   #21
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"Yes, and they have about as much interior room as a 70's sailboat."

THAT'S The price of being able to stick the boats nose out in blue water and cross it..

3 stories high with an oxygen tent on top is fine in brown water.

You pays your money and takes your choice.

Vessel or condo afloat , both are fun.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:31 AM   #22
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"Yes, and they have about as much interior room as a 70's sailboat."

THAT'S The price of being able to stick the boats nose out in blue water and cross it..

3 stories high with an oxygen tent on top is fine in brown water.

You pays your money and takes your choice.

Vessel or condo afloat , both are fun.
I'm thinking a condo with an air conditioned flybridge is my choice...
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:02 AM   #23
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Ours is a GulfStar 44' MC...... We've owned her since 2007, live aboard full time. She's officially classed as an "antique vessel".... She is stout, solid, and comfortable. The workmanship put into her was well above average.... The GS's were built in St. Petersburg, FL....until some time in the 80's when they were bought by Viking...

Our boat has zero coring anywhere.... she's all solid FRP.

I can tell you that I have been caught in some very bad weather and she handled it well enough that I never felt unsafe.... I was heading north up the west coast of FL from the Keys when a bad front moved south much faster than predicted....seas were very bad... only had to reduce speed to keep from banging ....and I was surprised after docking to not be able to find anything broken loose or damaged.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:20 PM   #24
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Gulfstars and Rough Water

Do any of you GS 44MC owners have any experience running the Mona Passage on an average day? Will the 44MC handle that ok?
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:46 AM   #25
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Mona Passage on an average day?

The passage is simply a 120 -140 mile day when its nice.

Just distance , no monsters , or "Here There Be Demons"!
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After a little research...

Gulfstar 36 and 43 foot trawlers were built from the same molds as the motorsailers. I don't know what the differences between the motorsailers and the trawlers are concerning ballast and center of gravity, but the hull form is the same.

There are two generations of 44 foot gulfstar trawlers, and the two boats are very different below the waterline.

The 44MC (1978-1980) is a soft chine deep keel boat that looks like a modern sundeck cruiser above the waterline. It is typically powered by perkins 6.354 engines, and is intended to be cruised at about 7-8 knots.

The 44MY (1985-1988) is a sundeck cruiser with a modified V hull and typically came with Cat 3208s. The MkI usually has 3208Ts, and cruises at about 14-16 knots. The MkI had side decks, the MkII was full width. The MkIIs can be had with 3208TAs, and can be cruised at 18-19 knots. They are very different boats from the earlier 44MCs.

I just put a contact on a 1979 44 MC. I'll let you know how it handles Chesapeake Bay chop. This particuar boat is reputed to have gone to Panama and back, and is supposed to be ready to go again. We'll see...
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Where on the Bay? We are on Kent Island with our 36.

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Where on the Bay? We are on Kent Island with our 36.

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We will have a slip at Calvert Marina, we live in Lexington Park.

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I have crawled around on a couple of them over the years, ( gulfstar trawlers )

I realy like the build quality , well built , simple set up, kinda. Could use better deck draining.

My 2 cents for what thats worth.
On our 44' MC...I found that when it rained heavily....the decks wouldn't drain as quickly as they should....so I found a solution to that problem. The original drain setup combined the flybridge drains on each side with the deck drains and fed down to the bilge where the water exited the boat via a seacock.

I drilled openings in the sides of the hull directly below the deck drains and put a 1 1/2" stainless thru-hull in each side about a foot above the waterline, which allowed the water to flow much faster since it did not have to overcome the upward pressure of the outside water. It also gave me two more seacocks to use for other systems, or to eliminate.
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Gulfstar 43MKll

My old buddy Rufino just told me he is swallowing the anchor--hes 70 and had a hip replacement last year. He lives aboard in Ft lauderdales Las Olas area. His boat is one of very few GS43 MKll with the Perkins 160 HP turbos. Said he will be asking hi 30s.
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