NO LONGER FOR SALE - Great cruising, and spacious liveaboard sailing yacht. Sabbatical is a 1977 Gulfstar 50 center cockpit Mark II Ketch. We have been the sole owner and cruising part of the year aboard her for 18 years, while constantly upgrading her. She is the 3 cabin model with a classic teak interior. Recent upgrades include new standing rigging, construction of a rigid cockpit bimini with the addition of 400 watts of solar panels, new genoa, addition of Adler Barbour 12 volt refrigeration and the addition of a new bowsprit/anchor pulpit. The auxilliary diesel engine is a reliable 85 HP Perkins 4-236. We have recently sailed her offshore from Venezuela and the ABC islands back to the US and she is fully equipped for offshore sailing and already equipped for long term cruising and liveaboard. This sailboat is currently located in Ft. Lauderdale. If interested, please contact us by email at

                                                                       Main saloon area of Sabbatical

Classic varnished teak interior. Spacious port side settee.


Large overhead hatches and side ports provide great ventilation

Nav station to Starboard has GPS, VHF, ham and marine SSB radio along with Pactor IIe radio modem for worldwide email communication.

                                                                Portside Galley Forward Cabin and Head

Spacious L shaped galley with large frig. Refrigeration is newly installed 12 volt Adler Barbour with backup original Grunert system. Large fixed ports provide lots of light. 200 gallon main water tank and 100 gallon water tank forward.

Forward V-berth cabin is roomy with lots of storage.

Forward head is accessible from both the V-berth cabin and main saloon.

                                                                                      Going Aft



The large aft cabin has it's own private head with a separate shower stall. With a center cockpit design, there is considerable separation between the forward and aft cabins for maximum privacy.

The third "captains cabin" is currently used for equipment storage but could also be used as a sleeping cabin if needed.

                                                                                        Up on Deck


The varnished  teak brightwork has been carefully maintained, enhancing the classic appearance of this boat. The cockpit has recently received a new coat of gelcoat.

                                                                         Solar and Wind - Off the Grid


A fiberglass hard bimini top was recently added which supports 400 watts of solar panels. In addition there is a Four Winds wind generator. With good wind and sun, the combination can produce enough energy to meet all of the basic electrical needs including making water. The house battery bank has a total of 880 AH for large storage.

 All of the standing rigging has been recently replaced. The roller furling headsail  and jib sheets have recently been replaced.




Mechanical                                                                            Cabin and Floorplan Layout


The engine is an 85 HP Perkins 4-236 repowered in 1985. Transmission is Borg Warner with drivesaver flexible shaft coupler to the prop shaft.

                                             Gulfstar 50 Floorplan

Equipment and specifications

Ketch rigged, LOA 50', LWL 39', beam 13'8", draft 6', displacement 35,000 lbs, mast height above water 55'.
Cabins: main saloon, 1 head forward, V-berth cabin, large master cabin with private head and separate shower, captains cabin (great for storage/workroom), large engine room.
Engine type, make & year: Perkins 4-236, 1985 / 85 HP - Borg Warner transmission.
Fuel Tank Capacityl: 100 gallon
Prop and shaft: SS shaft, new drivesaver flexible coupling.
Standing Rigging: SS, recently rerigged. Chain plates replaced a few years back. Has inner forestay for staysail or storm sail.
Winches: 8 Barlow winches
Sails: Main, mizzen, staysail, recent new 130 Genoa, storm jib, new jib sheets last year .
Electronics: GPS, VHF, SSB/ham radio, tuner, PTC-IIe radio modem, TV, VCR, DVD player, new 406 Sat Epirb, speed and depth log.
Electric: 110 AC/12 volt DC, Heart 1800 watt invertor/charger, 400 watts of solar mounted on hard bimini with charge controller,
Four Winds wind generator, 8 T-105 deep cycle batteries (880 AH) plus separate start and windlass batteries -  6 gal water heater.
Galley: Shipmate SS four burner propane stove w/oven. Two propane tanks in deck locker.
Water tanks: Two tanks, 200 gallon main tank, 100 gallon secondary tank.
Refrigeration: Recently installed 12 volt Adler Barbour. Backup system is original Grunert cold plate with optional extra freezer.
Watermaker: PUR Powersurvivor model 80 - 
 Autopilot: CPT.
Avon Life raft, Lifesling MOB rescue system, Horseshoe buoy, MOB pole, 6 offshore life vests.
Windlass:: 1X Delta 12 volt  IDEAL windlass.
Anchor: : 55 lb Delta on 100’3/8 BBB chain, and 250’3/4 line, Fortress FX 37 on 25’chain, 250’line, 65 lb Danforth, 25’chain, 250’nylon.
Dinghy: 10.5’AB RIB, dinghy davits on stern rail.
Dinghy Engine : 14 HP Johnson.
Other optional equipment available on board includes a windsurfer with a variety of sails, dive tanks, and lots of spare parts, books, charts, etc.

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Our asking price has been greatly reduced and we will consider all serious and reasonable offers. If interested please  email Al or Diana at

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