The Boat

LP Reaching off Vieques
The Gulfstar 37 is an aft cockpit, sloop rigged sailing vessel with a modified full keel and skeg hung rudder. Her shallow draft and wide beam combined with a long and powerful waterline allow this boat to travel to many small out of the way bays that deeper draft vessels might have to pass up. Her generous beam should contribute to initial stiffness while providing gobs of living space.

Make             Gulfstar (1979)gulfstar-37-line-drawing
Model            37 (aft cockpit)
LOD                37’
LWL               32’
Beam             11’10”
Draft              4’9”
Displ              19,500 lbs.
Ballast           7,500 lbs.
Rig Type        Sloop
Designer        V.S. Lazzara
Engine            Perkins 4­108
Fuel Cap         29 gal
Water Cap      85 gal

Masthead inspection at Harbourtown - Merritt Island
Masthead inspection at Harbourtown – Merritt Island

Avon 4 person offshore liferaft
ACR Epirb with integrated GPS
Sail Area = 614 ft2
I=45.56’        P=39.29’
J=15.58’        E=13.00’

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Main w 3 reef points
110% Jib
150% Genoa
Cruising Spinaker

Ground Tackle:
45# CQR (primary) 150’ 3/8” HT chain+150’ 3/4” Nylon (Primary Rode)
30# Danforth (secondary) 40’ 3/8” BBB chain+200’ 3/4” Nylon (Secondary Rode)
FX23 Fortress (stern) 40’ 5/16” chain + 150’ 3/4” nylon (stern) Later removed the chain.
FX37 Fortress (storm anchor stored below disassembled) used in tender with primary in extreme circumstances.
ABI Manual Windlass

Other stuff:
Monitor Windvane Self-steering
2 x 125W Solar Panels
Freedom 10 Charger & 1000W Inverter
MPPT 25 Amp Charge Controller
KISS Wind Generator
4 x 6v Trojan T105 Batteries Plus 1 x Group 27 Start Battery
Globalstar Satellite phone with Data cable for email

What I “wanted” after two years of cruising:
Marine SSB and modem for email communications using amateur radio
Modern, more efficient, cold plate refrigeration upgrade
Lighter RIB dinghy
More efficient dual anchor roller on bow