BIRD | Gulfstar 50 | 50ft

Portsmouth, RI, US


BIRD | Gulfstar 50 | 50ft


Portsmouth, RI, US


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.


  • In-mast furling mainsail
  • New running rigging
  • New hull paint
  • Decks repainted
  • New windlass
  • New AGM batteries
  • Removable davits
  • New exterior canvas
  • On-demand hot water heater
  • All new pumps
  • New through-hulls
  • Mastervolt Chargemaster
  • Recent exterior varnish


  • Length: 50ft
  • Builder: Gulfstar Yachts
  • Beam: 14' 0"
  • Draft: 5' 6"
  • Year: 1979
  • Displacement: 35000.00 lbs
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Engine: (1) Yanmar, 125 hp


  • Builder: Gulfstar Yachts
  • Designer: Vince Lazzara
  • Keel: Fin Keel


  • Length Overall: 50.00 ft
  • Length Waterline: 39.00 ft
  • Max Draft: 5' 6"
  • Displacement: 35000.00 lb
  • Ballast Weight Measure: 12000.00 lb
  • Beam Measure: 14' 0"


  • Engine Brand: Yanmar
  • Engine Model: 4JH-3
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Engine Hours: 1400
  • Engine Power: 125 hp


  • Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (210 Gallons)
  • Fuel Tanks: 1 (100 Gallons)


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.


  • 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


  • 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
  • GPS receiver


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’)


  • Composite/FRP construction


  • Non-skid deck
  • Ideal windlass (new, 2018)
  • 180 ft. stainless anchor chain
  • Expansive bimini and dodger around cockpit
  • Spray hood
  • Cockpit cushions
  • 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


  • Fenders
  • Dock lines
  • Safety gear
  • Charts (paper and electronic)
  • Beddings
  • Winch handles
  • Engine spares
  • Tools


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.



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