50' Gulfstar 1978



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50' Gulfstar 1978 Distant Drum


"Distant Drum" is a world cruiser. In her lifetime, she has sailed through the Panama Canal twice, completed six trips to the Bahamas, five trips to New England and Maine, been lived aboard for two years and has been a wonderful family cruising boat for her current owners for over twenty years. They have spared no cost and no detail in maintaining her, and still sail her regularly. She can be easily single handed.

The Gulfstar 50 is a tried-and-true classic Lazarra design. Over 170 were built between the years of 1975 and 1980, and many of them are still around and are highly sought-after. The Gulfstar craftsmanship was superior to other vessels of the time, which is evident in the interior woodwork, the layout, and the thickness and sturdiness of the hull. She was one of the early "modified cruising keels," giving her the performance benefit of a fin keel with the solidity and seaworthiness of a full keel. She is a safe and seaworthy boat! Come see her today!

Ketch rig with main, job, mizzen, spinnaker, stay sail, covers

  • All standing and running rigging replaced four years ago! Spars pulled and painted!
  • 72 HP Westerbeke diesel 2003 with service manuals and service records, with lots of spare parts
  • 8 kw Westerbeke diesel generator
  • New bottom job in 2017
  • Auto pilot
  • Inverter
  • inflatable dinghy with 18 hp. engine
  • 6 person liferaft and all safety gear
  • Electric anchor windlass, 3 anchors, and 2 reinforced stainless bow rollers
  • Aft swim platform and ladder
  • 200 gallons fuel
  • 250 gallons water (2 tanks)
  • Refrig and freezer
  • RO water maker (13 gal/hr)
  • Hot/cold pressure water, shore power, shower
  • Fwd and aft heads
  • Owner cabin aft/ guest cabin fwd
  • Propane stove and oven
  • 480 watts of solar power (2 panels)
  • Dodger, Bimini sun shade (EZ2CY only two years old)
  • Garmin GPS, Radar, Depth Sounder
  • Two VHF radios
  • Two compasses
  • Pack-style flaking systems for both main and mizzen
  • Freshly done brightwork
  • Nonskid newly painted
  • Much more!





Center Cockpit Classic 50

Cruise Speed:


Max Speed:


Range NMI:



13' 8"

Engine Details:

Wesrterbeke 71C

Engine 1:

2003 1200.00 HRS 72.00 HP

Engine 2:

2003 1200.00 HRS 72.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

200 GAL

Water Capacity:

250 GAL


This is a roomy yacht for such a high-performance sailing vessel. In the GulfStar tradition, the teak and joinery on the interior is superb, lending the feeling of class and comfort. Upon entering the companionway from the spacious cockpit, you find the galley to port and nav station (which is very big!) to starboard. Forward, the salon table to port seats 6 and there is additional seating space to starboard. The v-berth has its own private head, which opens from both sides, and has a separate stall shower.

Moving aft through the galley and the walkthrough, there is a walk-in door to the engine room (which can also be accessed for easy maintenance underneath the companionway stairs) and then the stern opens up into a large aft cabin with a double berth and another private head.

There is NO shortage of storage on this boat, and she is a great family cruiser!

She is a solid and well-maintained boat that has been very well cared for and continuously used. She has brand new bottom paint, no blisters, and the hull and deck are rock-solid. Call me and let's go see her!

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. This listing is a courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey representation of a particular vessel.

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