The Gulfstar 36, an aft-cockpit sloop, was designed by Vince & Richard Lazarra and built in the USA by Gulfstar Yachts.
The Gulfstar 36 is a sloop-rigged monohull with a fin keel and a skeg-hung rudder. It has a fiberglass hull and deck, with a balsa core in the deck for stiffness and insulation. The boat has a moderate displacement of 14,250 lbs (6,464 kg), with a lead ballast of 5,460 lbs (2,478 kg). The sail area is 608 sq ft (56.5 sq m), giving it a sail area/displacement ratio of 16.6, which indicates good performance in light to moderate winds. The boat has a hull speed of 8.4 knots, and can easily tack through 90 degrees and achieve hull speed in 12 to 14 knots of wind.
The Gulfstar 36 has a spacious and well-laid-out cockpit, with a single-wheel steering system and an instrument panel above the companionway. The cockpit seats are long and wide enough to accommodate six people or serve as berths. There is a large lazarette locker behind the helm seat, and two smaller lockers under the port and starboard seats. The cockpit is protected by a dodger and a bimini top, which can be removed or folded down when not needed.
The deck is clean and uncluttered, with wide side decks and sturdy handrails for easy movement. The mast is deck-stepped and supported by stainless steel wire rigging with double lower shrouds and a single backstay. The boat has a standard sloop rig with a single spreader mast and a boom vang. The mainsail has slab reefing with two reef points, and the genoa is roller-furled on the forestay.
The Gulfstar 36 has a comfortable and cozy interior, with teak woodwork and plenty of natural light and ventilation from the large windows and hatches. The boat can sleep up to six people in two separate cabins and the main saloon.
The forward cabin has shelves along the hull sides, drawers under the berth, and a hanging locker to starboard. There is also an overhead hatch and two opening ports for light and air.
The main saloon has an L-shaped settee to port that can be converted into a double berth, and a straight settee to starboard that can serve as a single berth. There is a folding table on the centerline that can be lowered or raised as needed. There are storage lockers behind and under the settees, as well as bookshelves along the hull sides. There are four fixed windows and two opening ports in the saloon, as well as an overhead hatch.
The galley is located aft of the saloon to port, and features a three-burner propane stove with oven, a double stainless steel sink with hot and cold water, a large top-loading icebox with refrigeration unit, and ample counter space and storage cabinets. There is also an opening port above the stove for ventilation.
The navigation station is located opposite the galley to starboard, and features a large chart table with storage drawers underneath, an electrical panel, and space for mounting instruments and radios. There is also an opening port above the chart table for light.
The aft cabin is accessed through a door next to the navigation station, and has a large double berth that spans across the stern of the boat. There are shelves along the hull sides, drawers under the berth, and a hanging locker to port. There is also an overhead hatch and two opening ports for light and air.
The head is located between the forward cabin and the saloon, and has a marine toilet, a sink with hot and cold water, a shower with a sump pump, and a storage cabinet. There is also an opening port and an overhead hatch for ventilation.
Hull and Deck
The hull of the Gulfstar 36 is made of solid fiberglass, with no core or liner. The hull is hand-laid using alternating layers of mat and roving, with extra reinforcement in high-stress areas. The hull is finished with a gelcoat that resists fading and cracking.
The deck is made of fiberglass with a balsa core, except in areas where hardware is mounted, where the core is replaced with plywood or solid fiberglass. The deck has a molded-in nonskid pattern that provides good traction and easy maintenance.
Keel and Rudder
The Gulfstar 36 has a fin keel that is bolted to the hull with stainless steel bolts. The keel is made of lead, which has a lower center of gravity and higher density than iron, resulting in better stability and performance. The keel has a draft of 5 feet (1.5 m), which allows the boat to access shallow waters while still providing adequate lift and lateral resistance.
The rudder of the Gulfstar 36 is skeg-hung, which means it is attached to a partial fin that extends from the bottom of the hull. This provides extra support and protection for the rudder, as well as improved directional stability and steering response. The rudder is made of fiberglass with a stainless steel stock and shaft. The rudder is connected to the wheel by a cable-and-pulley system that runs through a pedestal in the cockpit.
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