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1983 50 ft. Gulfstar Sailmaster center cockpit 'live-a board' sailboat 

1983 Gulfstar

  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Gulfstar
  • Year: 1983
  • Color: White
  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States


So here it is my sailboat the Leah May since 2010 sailing Lake Michigan and Lake Huron with my family and friends from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. This sailboat is the twelfth of just seventeen made of 'high end' 50ft. Gulfstar Sailmaster sailboats built by Gulfstar Yachts (USA). This sailboat is so well designed for long term motor sailing with 200 gals. fuel storage, 350 gals. water storage, wind generator and solar panels, lots of storage and creature comforts, a large galley with ample counter-top, cupboards and dining area and accommodations which can nicely become a wonderful 'live-a-board' type vessel. Capable of being reasonably motor sailed to about anywhere in the world. As you will see in the pictures, it is beautifully and strategically adorned with teak cap rails and hand rails. I am a 6 foot 6 inch tall sailor so high ceilings and ample leg room in seating is important and is one main reason I was looking for and bought a larger solid fiberglass sailboat. My reason for selling the boat at this time is that I need to purchase my mother's part of her 100 acre farm in Wisconsin as she is now residing in a nursing home and must sell her farm. Presently, the sailboat is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA (sailing the waters of Lake MIchigan) at slip #4 at Jerry's Dock and can be seen by appointment or questions answered by calling 262-298-0302.
The history of this 50 ft Gulfstar Sailmaster sailboat is nicely written up on the web at www.jordayachts.com/1809 and is toted as Vince Lazzara's best designs as I will try and elaborate withpictures and descriptions. Also additional data about the Gulfstar Sailmaster can be found at www.sailboatdata.com.
So as picture #1 illustrates this is a large sloop rigged center cockpit sailboat a with a great Hood (in-mast) roller furling Mainsail and recently upgraded Harkin Unit 3 Roller Furler, with both sails and furlers in good shape. The spacious cockpit with single wheel hydraulic steering and Simrad auto-pilot can be seen to be covered by a fully enclosed Bimini with all new Plexiglas except the two stern Plexiglas pieces that usually are rolled up. The sailboat deck is surrounded with a sturdy stainless steel railing and the stern holds a pair of greatly reinforced davits and a swim ladder that folds up nicely out of the way. The LOA is over 50 ft. when including the davits, the LWL (length at the waterline) is 41 ft so the theoretical hull speed is 9.6 knots and her hull shape is more sea friendly than the fast modern canoe shape sailboats. The long and strong shoal draft (lead and concrete) type keel gives the sailboat a 5.5 ft. draft which is great for shallow harbors and bays. There are two stainless steel (SS) bow anchors a plow and danforth (with ~250 ft. of SS chain). The Plow anchor is showing on this starboard side picture. Also note the SS hawse pipes ( 6 total) SS hoisting pole with block and tackle secured to the stern starboard railing, the SS sail tracks on teak cap rails protected by SS rub rails as is also found on the side rub rails. The teak cap rails are no longer being varnished but instead given a regular oiling with boiled linseed oil so the cap rails are not the prettiest looking at this time as the varnish slowly peels away but eventually they will have just the darker oiled teak look. The barely visible electric windlass works well for both chain and nylon anchor roads and can be operated at both the helm and at the bow near the windlass by foot buttons which requires you to keep the windlass control panel switch turned off when accidentally pressed. The SS pulpit is strongly bolted to bow plate that support the two SS anchor roller davits with locking pins. The 63 ft. aluminum mast is keel stepped and the SS standing rigging has manual turnbuckles all in good shape and easily adjusted to proper tension.
Picture #2 shows the elevated stern running light that is mounted on a 10 ft. tall aluminum spar that can support a 650 watt Apollo Wind turbine that was removed but could be reinstalled if desired. The snap-on sun shades can be seen installed covering all the salon windows. Not seen in this picture as they are below the water line are the strong skeg supported rudder nor the strong bow thruster with it's two new deep cycling batteries and automatic bow battery charger. Note also the three (of eight total) big white inflatable fenders easily hung from the railing by nylon cords and the dingy engine mount near the stern that is mounted to the railing. Picture #3 show from the stern the wonderful center cockpit and varnished teak cap, the SS Danforth compass, the SS steering wheel mounted to the sturdy fiberglass pedestal to which are mounted the engine instruments and controls to the strong well running Perkins 6.3533 diesel engine with about 2500 hours, two Simrad IS-15 multi function instruments and the Garmin 182C GPS map chart/plotter, 5 white seat cushions, the partially visible stern facing seat. Under each seat is a nice storage space. There is visible the 4 self-tailing Barient winches (stern pair are much larger and the port side winch can be electrically operated with one of two push (slow/fast) buttons barely visible in the picture. The main sheet is control by the starboard cockpit Barient winch and the out haul sheet by the starboard winch. Note in pic 1 and 2 the additional non-self tailing Barient winches mounted on the mast to work the 4 mast halyards.Picture #4 in the main state room is looking to the stern and reveals the partially uncovered engine compartment as only two of the four floor pieces have been removed. But even now with only two removed there is adequate room to step down and sit down on step to do maintenance to engine, batteries, AC's,and pumps etc. The primary bilge holds two bilge pumps and a high water bilge alarm and is covered with a strong platform. At this time the bilge pump runs about once per day to expel about one gallon of water seeping in from Forward of the blue Perkins engine. Not visible is the recently replaced in 2015, eight Remy Gel cell batteries in a properly secured battery box. Also not seen but down in this engine compartment are the two Cruisair air conditioner units presently not working due to broken AC water pump and solenoid that are easily repairable.This picture show the navigation station on the starboard side with Furuno 24 mile radar, the Garmin 4208 GPS/Plotter/XM weather and music. The Gulfstar electric control panel (lit up with pair of red LED lights), FM Stereo radio with CD/USB/Aux ports, ICOM IC-M80 VHF, Simrad IS-15 Multi (speed/depth/wind), desk storage and book shelves. The starboard settee folds out to a double bed and under which are two storage lockers that house the Freedom 25 inverter/charger and the pair of deep cycling Perkins engine starter batteries separate automatic charger. The teak ladder with nonskid treads and main hatch that is covered with a large tinted piece of plexiglass and trimmed with varnished teak to which is mounted another VHF radio.
Picture #5 is the same view but with the floor pieces back in place revealing the beautiful teak and holly flooring and the covered starboard settee and port side high/low teak dining table with fold out leafs.
Picture #6 of the port side of main salon now showing 'uncovered' the port side settee. Under and behind these velcro held cushions are vast amounts of storage for life jackets and under which are loaded painting supplies and lots of spare bilge pumps and parts. The beautiful teak high/low table with folded up leafs on long SS piano hinges, the large teak bookshelf, Venetian blinds and the white FM stereo speaker and note the mounted brass light.
Picture #7 is panning to the right and shows the same fixed brass light on the left side of this snack bar with slate bottom trimmed with teak, the sunken galley is so excellently designed at near the center of gravity of the sailboat that it makes cooking easier and less taxing when sailing and fixing meals. The snack bar is hiding the SS sink and the huge amount of cupboard storage spaces with doors, the gimbled 3-burner propane stove with propane solenoid on/off switch, but still shows the white combi-microwave-oven that works well, the Mr. Coffee maker, and more nice counter space trimmed in teak.
Picture #8 is just a better look at the SS double sink and gimbled stove but also show the large dry goods storage locker with wood cover to the stoves left.
Picture #9 is again panning to the right and now looking forward to the starboard side of the sunken galley showing the white ac freezer more counter space and just to the right of the white mast is the Vitrifrigo refrigerator/freezer that presently needs a shot of Freon 134a and has it's doors open to help to see inside this SS covered frig/freezer. To the Left of the mast is the passage way into the forward cabin its own bathroom (head) with portside window opening hatch and V-berth with soft 6 inch thick mattress, starboard window/hatch, an overhead 24"x 24" Bomar hatch, a small teak lined clothes closet, several small drawers for guest storage and supplies.
Picture #10 show a better view of the navigation desk, Furuno radar, Garmin GPS, Simrad multi function meter, and electric control panel and swivel captains chair. Under the desk and panel are more cupboard storage space, the battery switches and emergency flares. To the Left of the desk is the end of the settee that folds out into a double bed.
Picture #11 pans further to the right showing the stern most port side corner of the main state room showing the wet bar, the liquor cabinet, large Ice maker, storage cupboard, and passage way down 3 step to the Master bedroom and bathroom. To the Left of the Ice maker behind the cupboard doors is the small sized clothes washer/dryer combination and more cupboards for washing supplies.
Picture # 12 shows the full size double bed with lots of shelf space with hinged hatches for storage. Under the bed is the hydraulic steering rudder posts and Simrad A20 Autopilot mechanism and additional storage compartments, a large built in chest of drawers on starboard side with a cushioned seat. Above the bed is another 24"x24" Bomar hatch, also 4 hatch windows that are spring loaded to stay open and on the transom are 2 windows. Also not seen is the master bathroom with toilet with electric maserator and holding tank, sink, and stand/sit shower stall with flexible hose to shower head.
Picture #13 is looking forward from the stern most position (sitting on the master bed pillows) a look into the Master bathroom. There are two mirrors. one on the door and one behind the sink that make this picture a bit confusing i.e. seeing the reflection in the mirror, but at least you can get an look at it from this perspective.
Picture # 14 is looking at the starboard chest of drawers, open hatches, the shelves with hatches and the foot of bed showing.
Picture #15 is a scanned page of different Gulfstar Sailmaster showing the correct floor plan and hull shape but show a different cutter rigging with bowsprit. The Leah May is a sloop rigged sailboat.
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