1978 Gulfstar 50 ft 50 Night Owl

50 ft





The GS 50 was the best boat Gulfstar ever built and also the most popular, with
172 hulls launched during a six-year production run that ended in 1980. Designed
by Lazzara, the GS 50 boasts superior interior joinery, generous accommodations,
robust construction, and a well proportioned hull and rig. These days it is one
of the best values on the brokerage market in a larger center-cockpit boat.

The hull is stiffened, not with liners, but with full bulkheads and furniture
components that are tabbed in place. The full-length rudder skeg is also bolted
in place. The ballast, which consists of lead chunks embedded in concrete
slurry, is encapsulated within the long fin keel.

 The master stateroom aft with an en suite head and separate shower boasts an
enormous U-shaped double berth with enough space for a couple to sleep together
athwartship while in harbor or separately in lateral positions while at sea. The
forward stateroom, which shares a head with the saloon, has a large V-berth that
fills in to form a double. The L-shaped galley runs down 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. In the two-stateroom layout, which is more appropriate
for a cruising couple entertaining occasional guests.  

In a seaway the GS 50 is very well mannered. Its forefoot has enough bite and
its bilges are deep enough that it does not slam much in a chop. It is
relatively narrow with a moderate hull form and does not gripe when sailing to
weather. All tanks are below the floorboards, which keeps the center of gravity
low, sweetens the motion, and also creates extra storage space under berths and

The GS 50 is not exactly a slouch when it comes to speed, though it does like
moderate to heavy weather better than the light stuff. It’s not hard to keep the
boat moving at 7 knots or better under working sail if the wind is blowing over
12 knots; below that you’ll need to break out spinnakers and mizzen staysails to
maintain good speed.

35 Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is
centrally listed by Denison Yachting. It is offered as a convenience by this
broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation
of a particular vessel

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