The iconic Gulfstar 50 made waves through the 70’s and 80’s, and for good reason. Designed with a spacious 3-cabin layout for comfortable cruising, these boats quite literally enabled the development of the charter market as we know it today. The Vince Lazzara design boasts classic overhangs and styling that turns heads in any harbor, and the sloop rig and ergonomic center-cockpit controls allow her to be easily handled by a crew of two. The protected center cockpit offers shelter in rough water and a spacious location to relax with guests in a quiet anchorage. It’s hard to find such a well-found example in this size range that offers an ICW-friendly rig and keel dimensions.
This example in particular represents a rare and excellent value - in 2012/13 BIRD underwent a major renovation to the tune of about $180,000, during which every piece of equipment on the boat (from the engine to the rig) was replaced with modern gear. The upgrades are too many to list, but feel free to inquire for details on this refit, plus many other upgrades since.
The master stateroom aft, with en-suite head and separate shower, boasts an enormous U-shaped double berth with enough space for a couple to sleep together athwartships while in harbor or separately in lateral positions while at sea. The forward stateroom has a large V-berth that fills in to form a double and shares a head with the saloon. The third stateroom, midship to starboard, has two single bunks with yet another small en-suite head. On BIRD, these bunks have been converted to workspace/storage space; however, they could easily be swapped back to accommodate mattresses if desired.
The L-shaped galley runs along the walk-through alley under the center cockpit to port, with twin sinks close enough to the centerline to drain on either tack. The saloon has a dinette to port and a settee plus a pilot berth to starboard.
Real teak is used throughout, with impressive workmanship and quality evident in all joinery.
INTERIOR EQUIPMENT and AMENITIES
Huge salon settee and table seats 8++
Generous nav station and chart desk
Ample cabinets, drawers and hanging lockers throughout
Push-button electric head in aft cabin
The large, modern, open galley plan runs fore and aft along port side of the salon.
3-burner Force 10 propane gimballed stove
Plenty of stowage with large cupboards
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM and BATTERIES
Northern Lights 8kW generator (4,700 hrs. as of 1/2019)
12V house battery bank (new, summer 2018)
Stand-alone engine battery bank
Inverter/charger combi unit
12V charging sockets throughout the interior
Raymarine E80 chart plotter at the helm
Raymarine E80 chart plotter at nav desk
Raymarine ST60 wind instruments
Raymarine ST60 depth/speed transducer and display
Raymarine ST60 multifunction display
Autopilot brain and display
ICOM VHF radio
ICOM SSB receiver
ENGINE/ MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT
Easy access to the engine space on three sides
Yanmar Model 4JH-3 diesel engine, 125 hp (1,400 hrs. as of 1/2019)
Drive Type: Shaft drive
MaxProp feathering 3-blade propeller
Air conditioning with reverse-cycle heating
Hot water heater and expansion tank
Fresh Water: 210 gal
Fuel: 100 gal
Holding: 18 gal
Spinnaker pole mast-mounted
Most running rigging replaced 2017/18
All standing rigging inspected fall, 2018
Rigid boom vang (aka ‘kicker’)
HULL and CONSTRUCTION
Ideal windlass (new, 2018)
180 ft. stainless anchor chain
Expansive bimini and dodger around cockpit
Ample storage in cockpit lockers and lazarette
6-man life raft (recently certified)
Tender: 12 ft. RIB dinghy with outboard
Outboard engine brackets mount on push-pit
Air conditioning/heating package
Charts (paper and electronic)
All ship’s equipment conveys with the purchase and sale, with the exception of owner’s personal clothes and belongings.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.