Vizcaino Bay action shot
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Wanderlust is our 1978 Gulfstar aft-cockpit 37.

We bought her in May 2005 after the previous owners did a three-month hauled refit, spent the summer doing another full refit, left San Francisco in October and sailed more than 5000nm to Zihuatanejo, Mexico and back.

The Gulfstar 37 is a perfect couple's coastal cruiser; an ideal compromise between a fast modern boat (uncomfortable in strong weather) and a heavier full-keel cruiser (slow and unenjoyable to sail). Vizcaino Bay - the open stretch before Turtle Bay halfway down the Baja - is a place where you'll want a Gulfstar.

Wanderlust in beautiful Two Harbours
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The Gulfstar 37 has a number of safety design items we were looking for:

  • 19500# displacement to push through waves
  • 8000# shoal-draft fin-keel with 4.8' draft
  • thick uncored fiberglass hull
  • large protected skeg-hung rudder
  • keel-stepped mast with eight stays
  • full masthead sloop rig
  • solid 51HP Yanmar (4JH2E)
  • marelon stopcocks on thru-hulls

At the same time, Wanderlust is fast and comfortable:

  • PHRF 150
  • 7.6kt hull speed (our max: 10.4kts surfing)
  • standing headroom (I'm 6'2")
  • (2006) new sunbrella interior
  • lovely teak interior

Dorado for dinner!
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