1980 GULFSTAR 50

1980 GULFSTAR 50


  • Name: BLOW ME AWAY
  • Make: Gulfstar
  • Model: 50
  • Year: 1980
  • Length: 50'
  • Engine Brand: Perkins
  • Located In: Colon, Panama
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  • Dimensions

    • LOA: 50 feet
      Beam: 13’ 8”
      Ballast: 13000 pound

  • Engines

    • Engine: Perkins
      Engine Model: 4236
      HP: 85
      Hours: unknown

  • Tanks

    • Fuel: 110 gallon
      Water: 210 gallon
      Holding: 30 gallon




The Gulfstar 50 was the best boat Gulfstar ever built and also the most popular, with 172 hulls launched during a six-year production run that ended in 1980. Designed by Lazzara himself, the GS 50 boasts superior interior joinery, generous accommodations, robust construction, and a well proportioned hull and rig.

The Gulfstar 50 Ketch is a big blue water sailing yacht with classic good looks, tons of room and teak interior. Built to carry you where-ever you want to go comfortably, safely and in style, she has served her owner well and is ready to be cruised by a new owner.

BLOW ME AWAY features a large deck with extended bow pulpit, anchor with chain and windlass. The spacious center cockpit has ample seating, pedestal with wheel, and bimini top with dodger. She is designed to look good and sail well with graceful lines and solid build.

The interior features teak bulkheads and trim. Amidships is an open salon with facing settees, convertible dinette, and dining table. There are teak cabinets to store everything you need for an extended cruise or the necessities for living aboard. There is a nav station with chart table. Across from the dinette is a full galley with pass through.

This 50 has two private staterooms and shop/storage room. Forward is the guest stateroom with v-berth, captain's cabin to starboard has been converted to a shop and storage, and aft is the master stateroom with queen berth.

This 50' Gulfstar is designed for circumnavigation with the room to live aboard. BLOW ME AWAY was actively cruised by the current owners for the past 20+ years and now lies in Panama waiting for her next owner to continue the dream.


  • All hatches replaced in 2005 with Lewmar Offshore hatches
  • New hatch above galley upgrade
  • AB 11' rib with a 30HP Tohatsu outboard
  • Bow roller anchor upgraded with 3/8” stainless steel
  • Stainless steel lifeline rail around boat – upgrade
  • New booms with upgraded boom wings to catch the sails on both main and mizzen
  • Sails in good condition – 135 Genoa, 90 Jib, staysail, main, mizzen and mizzen staysail, asymmetric spinnaker
  • New Lofran Tigres windlass installed 2016
  • Perma Glass dodger and hardtop – upgrade
  • Dinghy davits installed – upgrade
  • 2 – 120 Solar panels on top of davits
  • Garhauer crane to lift dinghy motor on aft deck
  • AB 11” dinghy with cover
  • 30 hp Tohatsu outboard
  • Snug Harbor dinghy on foredeck used for storage with davits to raise and lower
  • New master stateroom cabin sole
  • New upholstery
  • Kitchen counters upgraded to Corian
  • Large refrigeration box and freezer reinsulated
  • Crosby 110 refrigeration
  • Both forward and aft heads have Corian counters with Lavac toilets
  • Canvas inventory – full sun cover, bimini enclosure with screens and lexan, hatch covers, sail covers in good condition
  • Ports upgraded to Newfound metal with hurricane shutters, six out of 10 have stained glass
  • Electronics – Garmin chart plotter 2018, 2018 Simrad autopilot, Simrad wind instrument, Garmin depth sounder, Standard Horizon VHF
  • Sea Recovery 30 gal water maker (needs work)


Charles Doane of Sail Magazine calls the Gulfstar 50 "An affordable Big Boat". Now a sailing classic, the Gulfstar 50 is known for its sailing qualities, a fast hull shape and capable offshore in heavy seas.  It's solid fiberglass construction and versatile ketch rig and affordable price point make it an ideal and popular world cruiser. The interior layout and finish is perfectly suited for life at sea offering ample storage for long journeys and all the comforts of home.

Transitioning to a life at sea as a live-aboard is a process and transforming the yacht can be a long process of trial and error.  BLOW ME AWAY has been modified and upgraded by its owners after twenty years at sea, constantly updating and improving the home on the water. Comfort, storage, efficiency, safety, security, stability, these are the concerns of every sailor as they live and travel on the water. Preparing the yacht to meet these concerns is a painstaking and costly process with many hidden circumstances, making it difficult to get it right the first time. BLOW ME AWAY is about as well thought out a yacht as you will find with many clever modifications above and below decks.


The Gulfstar 50' Ketch is a 3 cabin / 2 head layout featuring a forward "V" berth cabin with a forward head and an aft owner's cabin and head. The owners have made numerous modifications to increase storage space and improve functionality of the life-aboard boat.

Enter from the cockpit down the companionway, the galley is situated to port with the nav station to starboard. There is a large U-shaped convertible dinette with a drop leaf table to the portside of the salon and a straight settee opposite.

Moving to the bow, the forward head with manual head, washbasin and wet shower is to port with doors from both the salon and the v-berth. There is an abundance of storage throughout - two huge hanging lockers in the salon plus rattan-faced lockers and shelving above both the dinette and settee. The v-berth forward has two hanging lockers and numerous drawers and a large opening hatch above the berth.

Moving aft past the galley via the walkthrough is the master cabin which boasts a full-width berth and ensuite bathroom with manual head, vanity and stall shower. Again, lots of storage, lockers and drawers.

Access to the engine room is available from below the companionway and from the walkthrough. BLOW ME AWAY has teak and holly sole and beautiful wood throughout.

Named by Cruising World Magazine as one of the top 40 all-time best sailboats. This Gulfstar 50 Ketch has completed been regularly cruised throughout the Caribean and now lies in Panama. Throughout the voyage and ownership, the yacht has seen many updates making it an ideal live-aboard and offshore capable adventurer. Life aboard and life at sea have different demands and requirements and this yacht has experienced the transformation from a coastal cruiser to a blue-water world voyager.

The owners have enjoyed their 20+ years at sea and adventures around the globe and are now ready to re-acclimate to life ashore. This is a great opportunity to benefit from their years of experience by purchasing a yacht that has been fully prepared for life at sea and begin your own adventure and voyage

  • New Upholstery (2019)
  • Installed Lee Cloth on the starboard settee for offshore sailing.
  • 3 Electric Fans
  • 2 Reading lights
  • 2 Cabinets with Doors
  • Bookshelves
  • Huge storage locker

Additional interior features:

  • Hot and cold pressure water system
  • Varnished teak bulkheads and trim
  • Solid teak hanging locker doors with wicker
  • Cedar lined hanging lockers
  • Solid teak paneled stateroom and head doors
  • New teak sole in master stateroom

The galley is a large "L" shaped space with lots of counter space, a double stainless-steel sink, stove with oven and large refrigeration and freezer.

  • New Corian countertops
  • Dinnerware
  • Silverware
  • Glassware
  • Stainless steel 2 basin sink
  • Water Filter on galley sink faucet
  • Large storage locker under the sink
  • Gimbaled3 burner stove with oven
  • Two - 10 gallon propane tanks in stern locker
  • Crosby 110v refrigeration and freezer (recently re-insulation)
  • 200 gallon water storage
  • Garmin chartplotter (2018)
  • Simrad autopilot (2018)
  • Simrad wind instrument
  • Garmin depth sounder
  • Standard Horizon VHF
  • ICOM 710 Single Sideband Radio (inop)
  • Television with VCR
  • VHF
  • Windex masthead wind indicator 
  • Danforth Constellation 5" binnacle compass
  • 5kw Northern Lights diesel generator 120 volts
  • AC and DC electrical panel with switches and breakers.
  • Batteries, new 2001
  • Shore power cables
  • Wiring upgraded
  • 120 volt 30 amp Shore Power 
  • House batteries four 6volt golf cart batteries (2016)
  • Engine and windlass batteries 12volt (2018)
  • Heart Freedom 20 Inverter/battery charger 
  • Meters for volts and amps

The Engine Room (yes, engine room) is located under the center cockpit with an access door in the port passageway to the aft cabin as well as fore and aft access panels.  This is a spacious engine room providing not only great access to the engine, systems and water-maker but also tons of storage for tools and extra parts.

  • Perkins 4-236 diesel 85 Hp
  • Crosby 110v refrigeration
  • Sea Recovery 30 gal water-maker (located in shop needs work)
  • Propeller shaft 1.25” Aquamet 22 stainless steel. 
  • 3 blade propeller, bronze 18” 
  • Bottom antifouling coating (2015) 
  • 2 Rule 12 volt bilge pumps. 
  • Whale manual bilge pump
  • Many spare parts, pumps, alternator, solenoids, injectors, bilge pumps, domestic pumps, belts, filters, clamps, switches 

The hull of the Gulfstar 50 is solid fiberglass. The deck is fiberglass with a balsa core. The deck has a no-skid surface. There is a bow pulpit and push pit with solid stainless-steel lifeline rails and 30" stanchions around entire boat. On the stern is mounted a specially designed dingy davit to handle an AB 11' rib with a 30HP Tohatsu outboard. 

  • Perma-Glass dodger and hardtop – upgrade
  • Electric Lofrans Tigres bi-directional anchor windlass (new 2016)
  • Anchor rollers on the bow sprit upgraded with 3/8” stainless steel
  • All hatches replaced with Lewmar Offshore hatches. New hatch above galley upgrade.
  • Ports upgraded to Newfound metal with hurricane shutters, six out of 10 have stained-glass
  • Cleats and chocks for bow lines
  • Port and starboard gates
  • Inner and outer jib track
  • Saltwater deck washdown
  • Spreader lights
  • Cockpit table for 2 that folds open for 4
  • 4 stainless-steel dorades and boxes
  • Stainless-steel Davits
  • Garhauer crane to lift dinghy motor on aft deck
  • Stainless-steel boarding ladder
  • 2 – 120 Solar panels on top of davits
  • Snug Harbor dinghy on foredeck used for storage with davits to raise and lower

This yacht is outfitted with the following offshore safety equipment:

  • Lifesling MOB recovery system
  • Safety harness
  • Life jackets
  • 18’ sea anchor

BLOW ME AWAY is the popular ketch rigged Gulfstar 50 This is the perfect sail plan for offshore, offering endless versatility for whatever the weather and seas bring you.

This ketch rigged vessel is rigged with aluminum main and mizzen masts and booms. The masts and booms are painted white. The booms have upgraded boom wings to catch the sails on both main and mizzen. There are Hood roller furlers on both the jib and staysail. The running rigging has been replaced as needed.

The sail plan is not particularly large. Still, the GS 50 is not exactly a slouch when it comes to speed, though it does like moderate to heavy weather better than the light stuff.  It’s not hard to keep the boat moving at 7 knots or better under working sail if the wind is blowing over 12 knots. Below that, you’ll need to break out spinnakers and mizzen staysails to maintain good speed.


Sail Inventory:

  • Dacron Mainsail
  • Dacron 90 jib
  • Dacron 135 Genoa
  • Dacron Mizzen
  • Mizzen staysail
  • Asymmetrical spinnaker
  • Storm Jib
  • Storm Trysail

Winch inventory
      2 Barient 32 self-tailing primary winches 
      1 Harken 28 halyard winch at mast 
      1 Barient 21 halyard winch at mast 
      1 Barient 21 vang winch at mast
      2 Barient #18 at mizzen mast