Blue Water Live Aboard Sailboat - $55,000 (Charlestown)

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boat type: sailboat
propulsion type: sail
condition: excellent
engine hours (total): 950
length overall (LOA): 37
make / manufacturer: Gulfstar
model name / number: 37
year manufactured: 1977
"Ghost" is a turn-key blue water cruising boat with extensive upgrades ready to live aboard and sail off to anywhere you want to cruise. She is equipped for long term blue water passages.
his Gulfstar 37 has been refit from stem to stern with an eye towards bluewater cruising. Highlights include:


New standing rigging, mast tangs, and replaced chainplates
Beta Marine 43hp engine in 2010 (950 hours) with 3-blade Max Prop
400w of solar and Victron MPPT charger
Monitor wind vane and Simrad autopilot
Diesel air heater
Electric Windlass
DC Refrigeration
Quantum “offshore” mainsail in 2023 – one season of use (3 reinforced reef points, overhead leech line)
Hood vectran-reinforced genoa in 2019
Bimini and Dodger

The Gulfstar 37 features a spacious forward cabin, large salon (with large pull out berths on port and starboard), and functional galley. With a long waterline, sea-kindly long fin keel underbody and well-balanced rig, the Gulfstar 37’s performance is similar to what many would expect on a 40 cruising boat. She both looks and feels like a big 37 footer. The design is well-suited to a couple for long-term cruising (the cabin feels bigger and more liveable than other cruisers of the same vintage) but comfortably accommodates a larger crew with ample space in the cockpit and down below.
Ghost is a 1977 Gulfstar 37 that has been owned by two knowledgeable owners for the past 8 years. They have refit nearly every aspect of her and the heavy lifting is done (see highlights below and comprehensive inventory).

She has a number of bluewater passages under her belt and a Panama Canal transit. She’s truly turn key and ready to sail New England and beyond.

Deck / sailplan:
Ghost has been refit with an eye towards simplicity and performance. The mainsheet and vang lead back to the cockpit under the dodger via a dual clutch to a Harken 2-speed self-tailing winch. Genoa sheets are led via double-sheet cars on a toe-rail mounted track back to Lewmar 44 2-speed self-tailers. The genoa furling line leads to a clutch on the port side cockpit coaming. A removable “Solent”-style inner forestay affixes to the stem fitting about 10” behind the headstay. A heavy weather stays’l or storm jib may hank onto this stay. All halyards (main, genoa, solent, spinnaker) and mainsail reefing is attended to at the mast. There are new Andersen winches on the mast (x2) and boom to assist. Stainless “granny bars” keep the crew safe while traversing the deck or working at the mast. The Tides Marine main sail track is slippery and permits reefing off the wind. In lighter air, Ghost sails very well with an asymmetrical spinnaker set by its ATN snuffer. A whisker pole is provided to pole out headsails or even a spinnaker.
Forward cabin:
The forward cabin is huge for a 37ft boat. There is an extremely wide v-berth with a large hanginglocker to port and additional storage to starboard. There are LED reading lights port and starboard and a warmwhite / red LED light above. Access to the anchor locker is through a watertight hatch in the forward bulkhead.
There is a large overhead hatch and two opening ports for ventilation and natural light (there is a removable sunbrella cover for the hatch if darkness is preferred). There is a custom v-shaped innerspring mattress that folds in half to access storage space below the bed. The forward-most compartment is watertight and may be accessed via a 7” access plate.
There is entry into the head from either the forward cabin or the salon. There is a tiled L-shaped counter with plenty of storage space behind sliding doors and underneath the sink. The household-size Raritan head is located along the hull. There is an opening port and mushroom vent overhead for ventilation. Two LED lights frame a large mirror behind the sink. A shower curtain is fixed to a track overhead and may be deployed easily if showering down below. There is a drain in the floor.
There are large settees to port and starboard, both of which pull out to make double berths. At sea they can be used as single berths (lee cloths are below the cushions). Cushions were recently reupholstered and the headliner was removed (when all cabin top hardware was rebedded) and replaced with white PVC board and finished teak battens. The table has two drop leaves that fold out. Water and fuel tanks are below the floorboards on top of the keel so there is ample storage above, behind, and below the settees. There is a vent for the diesel heater (both extremely warm and extremely fuel / energy efficient) that exits in the salon.
Lighting and ventilation are from four large fixed ports, three opening ports, two hatches and assorted 12V LED lighting. There is a flat-screen Samsung TV securely mounted on the bulkhead in front of the starboard settee.
Galley: Aft on the port-side is the u-shaped galley. It is extremely functional with a large double sink, two burner stove, plenty of counterspace, and a recessed fridge. It’s very safe while underway as the cook is fully secure in the “U”. There are two spaces behind sliding cabinet doors for galley storage, a large space under the sink, and four drawer spaces beside and below the stove.

Nav desk: Aft to starboard is more storage in a tall louvered locker and a very large and unique L-shaped nav desk.
12V and 120V panels are on the aft bulkhead. There is a swivel chair and loads of bookshelf space (or storage) above and below the desk. There is convenient engine access by lifting the stairs. The SSB radio, VHF radio, Navtex weather receiver, battery monitors and master panel switches are all located at the desk.
Cockpit: The cockpit is roomy and secure, with plenty of space for the whole family or crew and guests. Wide side decks make it easy to move about and are reassuring to crew members. Solid stainless steel rails surround the cockpit for safety while the dodger and bimini provide protection from the elements. There is also a canvas piece that encloses the space underneath the dodger to create a mini “doghouse” when additional protection is desired.
The cockpit lockers are huge (enough for multiple sails, spares, and gear) and allow access to the back of the engine.

Plenty of storage space and natural light

Hull and Deck
All high-load deck hardware rebedded; G10 backing plates bedded with thickened epoxy
All below waterline thru-hull fittings are bronze with G10 backing plates (all replaced between 2010-
Overhead (forward and two aft) hatches rebuilt by Select Plastics in 2019
Four large cabin side fixed windows; 1/4” acrylic with custom 316 polished stainless steel outer frames.
Integrated attachment points for 3/8” Lexan storm windows (2022)
Anchor chain locker and forward-most compartment under v-birth have been made watertight for
collision / damage control (2023)
Custom stainless steel tube railing around stern to each boarding gate (2006)
Decks painted with Kiwigrip

Cockpit and Deck Equipment
Two large port and starboard cockpit lockers and one lazarette
 Bimini / dodger (2011); glass replaced with Makrolon AR2 (2018) – like looking through glass; red/white
dodger Hella strip LED in dodger overhead (2021)
Drop down sunbrella insert forms dog house under dodger (2021)
2x folding Wichard padeyes in cockpit for harness; 2 more on cockpit coaming for jacklines
Scanstrut ROKK USB charger in cockpit (2021)
Treadmaster on cockpit sole (2018)
Custom fabricated 316 stainless mast pulpits / granny bars (2019)
LED Signal Mate navigation lights: bicolor on bow pulpit (2020), white on bimini rail (2021)

Beta Marine 43hp engine w/ upgraded 100A alternator, new in 2010 – 950 hours; continuous
maintenance. Detailed maintenance log available. Used oil analysis done yearly since 2016.
3 blade Max Prop (2004); serviced (2022)
Carter lift pump (2016)
Bronze shaft log (replaced by Port Annapolis Marina 2016)
PSS dripless shaft seal (bellows replaced 2022)
Replumbed fuel delivery system (2016)
Shaft Shark line cutter (2015)
Navigational Electronics
Garmin GPSMAP 743 chartplotter (2022)
Garmin GMR 18 HD radar with Scanstrut stainless self-leveling mast mount (2010)
Airmar DST800 triducer, NMEA 2000 (2020)
B&G Precision 9 compass (2021)
B&G WS320 wind instrument (2022)
B&G Triton2 display in cockpit (2020)
ICOM IC-718 HF radio with ICOM AT-130; antenna lead replaced (2017); KISS counterpoise (2018)
ICOM M424 VHF radio with remote mic in cockpit (2021)
West Marine VHF75 portable VHF radio (2016)
Vesper Marine XB-8000 AIS transceiver and NMEA wireless / WiFi gateway (2017)
Vesper Marine dual AIS / VHF mast head antenna and antenna splitter (2017)
Furuno NX-300 navtex weather receiver (2019)
Monitor wind vane (2004); control lines (2018), MR2 emergency rudder foil (2021)
Edson steering wire/chain assembly (2017)
Simrad below-deck autopilot (new control head, compass, computer, linear ram in 2017)
 (2004 unit professionally serviced in 2023); Simrad wireless autopilot remote (2019)
Danforth Constellation 5” compass at helm (restored and rebuilt by Viking Compass 2017)
Ground Tackle
35lb CQR anchor, 160’ G4 5/16” chain; chain marked every 25’ with colored zipties (2017)
Maxwell 1200 windlass (gearbox rebuilt / serviced 2022, new electric motor 2019)

Asymmetrical spinnaker
Quantum “offshore”-spec full battened main w/ 3 reef points (2022) – 1 season of use
Hood Sails 133% Genoa, Vektron (vectran infused fabric - 2019) - excellent condition
Doyle heavy weather staysail for solent stay, with tie in reef points (2018) – very good condition
North Sails storm jib (2012) – new condition, unused
Rig & Sailing Equipment
Chainplates (316 stainless, electroplated) replaced (2012); checked 2023
Upper shroud tangs replaced 2021; lower shroud tangs replaced 2023
Standing rigging replaced: uppers / cap shrouds (5/16”) replaced 2021 with swages on top and Sta-Lok fittings on the bottoms; lowers (5/16”) done in same fashion in 2023; backstay (5/16”) in 2012
Harken MKIV Unit 2 headsail furler on new 5/16 wire stay with Sta-Lok bottom fitting, swaged top
“Solent” inner stay w/ Shaeffer quick release (2018)
Mast and boom repainted (2012)
Mast step and boot replaced using Spartite mast wedge system (2012)

Aluminum Forespar whisker pole
Tides Marine Strong Track system for main (2012)
Andersen 18ST reefing winch on boom (2022)
Andersen 28ST two-speed, self-tailing halyard winches on mast (2019 – serviced 2021)
Lewmar 2SP44ST two-speed, self-tailing primary winches (rebuilt / serviced 2021 with new 1/4” G10
backing plates)
Harken 2SP40ST two-speed, self-tailing main sheet winch (rebuilt / serviced 2018)
Stack Pack sail cover with lazy jacks (2011)
NE Ropes VPC genoa, main, and spinnaker halyards 7/16” (2012); NE Ropes Sta-Set 1/2” Genoa sheets (2017)
Mast wiring replaced (2010). Forespar steaming light (LED replaced 2021). Hella Marine LED spreader lights (2019)

Cabin Equipment
Alpenglow Tuscany teak warm white / red LED overhead lights x2 (2017)
LED lights in forward cabin hanging closet (2017)
Hella red/ warm white LED strips over nav desk, galley, forward cabin (2017, 2020, 2021)
Cabin fans x3
Lee cloths on port and starboard salon bunks
Salon cushions reupholstered (2021)
Headliner replaced 3mm Komatex PVC sheet with finished teak battens (2021)
Planar 4kw diesel air heater (2020)
Double stainless steel sinks
6.2CF insulated refrigerator
Sea Frost BD air cooled refrigeration (2017); digital thermostat control (2018)
10lb aluminum LPG tank and regulator (2016)
Seaward 2 burner LPG stove (2004)
Whale Gusher Galley mk3 fresh water foot pump with separate spout (2017)
3M water filtration system in galley with separate spout (2017)
Xintex propane sniffer (2021)

Electrical – 12V DC
Most DC circuits rewired, all inspected
Mastervolt 20A battery charger (2016)
Renogy 2x 100w hard solar panels mounted on dodger (2017)
Renogy 2x 100w flexible solar panels on bimini (2020)
Victron BlueSolar MPPT 150/35 solar charger (2017)
Xantrex Link 10 battery monitor (2004)
Xantrex 1000W sine wave inverter (2004)
Blue Sea battery switch and emergency house / battery cross connect (2004)
Lifeline 6V AGM house batteries x4, two 12V banks with 440 amp hour total capacity (2020); Blue Sea
battery boxes (2005)
West Marine 12V AGM starting battery (2015)
Blue Sea 12V and dual USB charging panel (2017)
Blue Sea house / starting battery SI-ACR (2016)
Electrical – 120V AC 1
Quicksilver galvanic isolator (2004)
Rewired circuits with 12AWG triplex and new GFCI outlets (2017 starboard, 2018 port)
Blue Sea ammeter (2018)
Smart Plug 30amp connection and cord (2020)
Electrical – 120V AC 2 (added 2016)
Galvanic isolator
15A GFCI receptacles x2 on individual circuits with 10AWG marine triplex wire
Blue Sea breaker panel
Blue Sea ammeter
Smart Plug 30amp connection and cord (2023)
CO2 / smoke detectors – one in main cabin, one in engine room space
Fire extinguishers
Three zone high water alarm system for forward, mid, and aft bilge areas - Johnson high water alarms w/ panel under stairs (2018)
24”x6” copper ground plate installed on keel for lightning protection; ground wires to mast and
chainplates (2022)
Water / Plumbing Systems
Raritan 6 gallon HWH (2004); note, not connected to engine loop but may be reconnected (works on 120V shore power)
Full replumbing of fresh water system with PEX tubing; manifold under galley sink (2017)
Whale Gusher manual bilge pump in cockpit (2016)
Whale Gulper 320 electric diaphragm bilge pump (2017)
Shurflo Aqua King II Premium fresh water pump (2016)
Hoses and fittings continually replaced as needed
Single stainless steel sink
Scandvik faucet with pull-out shower wand
Whale Gulper 220 grey water pump for sink and shower on 3-way valve (2023)
Raritan PSII household size manual head (2019); hoses replaced 2023
18 gal plastic holding tank (2016)
Overhead Vetus mushroom vent (2020)

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