'Little Wing', a GibSea Master 96 Sailboat for Sale

by Allan

This GibSea Master 96 'Little Wing' is set up for single-handing, and comes well-equipped with much key equipment and gear added/upgraded since 2015.

'Little Wing' is French built, strong with a solid fiberglass hull.
Galley with new 2017 ENO stove and full nav station across the beam from each other going forward, then a double couch settee with a butterfly table, and a 33 Gallon SS water tank under each couch.
Finally, a private V-birth with a closet & shelf storage going forward. The 58in deep large fin keel and half-skeg-hung rudder make for a responsive boat with good motion.


  • Engine, transmission, and exhaust hose were replaced in 2006 with a Yanmar 3ym20 equipped with an 80-watt alternator.
  • Three 115 AH full river brand group size 31 AGM batteries for the house bank that has a battery monitor attached and a NAPA group size 48 AGM battery for the start battery bank - all new Jan 2019.

  • 300-watt soft-panel solar array, All LED lighting inside and out.

  • Ground tackle is a 33lb Rocna Vulcan with 165ft of G4 chain spliced to another 140ft of of 3-strand rode, both new in 2018, attached with an over-sized KONG SS swivel. Windlass with controls in cockpit as well as forward.

  • Wheel mounted auto-pilot, drive system replaced 2019.
  • Fleming Wind Vane installed 2021.

  • Garmin GPS map with updated SD card maps of N. America, Western & Eastern Caribbean. The chartplotter has its own separate depth gauge. It is tied to the autopilot for following a course & waypoints. Furno Radar.

  • AIS through the 2019 Standard Horizon GPS/AIS mounted at nav station that is also tied to the main chartplotter.

  • Safety equipment includes a 4-person coastal life raft, new at end of 2018. EPIRB, flares & flare gun. Battery operated signal flare (never expires), several strobes & flashers, ditch bag with non-perishable emergency food & water rations, life jackets.

Published Specification for the Gib'Sea 96:
Hull Type: Fin Keel with Skeg-Hung Rudder
Rigging Type: Masthead Sloop
Length Overall: 33' 2"
Waterline Length: 27' 3"
Beam: 10' 10"
Draft: 5' 7"
Displacement: 8,600 lb
Ballast: 2,600 lb
Construction: GRP with balsa-cored deck
Ballast Type: Iron
First Built: 1984
Last Built: 1987

Published Design Ratios for the Gib'Sea 96:
Sail Area/Displacement: 18.2
Ballast/Displacement: 30.2
Displacement/Length: 190
Comfort Ratio: 19.2
Capsize Screening Formula: 2.1

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