The Boat

Our home/vehicle for this journey is the Abby B., a Gulfstar 37 sailboat. Constructed in Florida in 1979, she is a rugged, beamy sloop that comes with an extensive cruising history. Her previous owners sailed her from Maine to Belize and back twice, and prior to that she was sailed throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Gulfstar 37’s are well regarded for their kind motion in a seaway, decent performance under sail, and well-constructed mahogany interiors.image

Gulfstar 37 specs:
– Length Overall: 37 ft
– Draft: 5 ft
– Beam: 11 ft
– Mast height: 54 ft
– Displacement: 10 tons
– Engine: 50hp Perkins 4-108

From Sailboatdata.com, Gulfstar 37, click schematic to enlarge:

image When Alex purchased the Abby B. several years ago, she had been on the hard (sailor speak for ‘on land’) for about 8 years. This meant that every single system on the boat was in some form of disrepair and needed attention. Over time, Alex has repaired and occasionally improved all of these system to bring the Abby B. back to ‘cruise worthy’ status. Maintaining a boat in good condition is mandatory when cruising distant foreign waters. If and when we get stuck in rough conditions offshore, neither of us want to worry about the condition of the standing rigging, the reliability of the engine, or the integrity of the thru-hulls.

That said, regardless of the amount of time, money and effort that is put into a boat prior to departure, things on the boat will break when underway. We have seen brand new boats suffer from broken transmissions, faulty electrical systems and unreliable generators. However, thorough maintenance and frequent inspections, we hope to minimize these equipment failures to as much as is reasonable.

Here is a more detailed rundown of the major systems on the Abby B.:

Sailing Gear:
130% Genoa
Partial Batten Mainsail with two reef points
All lines led aft to cockpit
Harken MK. III Roller Furling System
3 Barient self-tailing winches
3 Barient 2 speed winches
1 Barient single speed winch

Engine:
Original, 1979 Perkins 4-108 Diesel
Rebuilt Transmission
New Raw Water Pump
New Freshwater Pump

Anchoring Gear:
20kg (44lb.) Rocna Anchor
35 lb. CQR Anchor
30 lb. Danforth Anchor
35 lb. Fishermans Anchor
Primary Rode:
30′ 5/16” G4 Chain
10′ 3/8” G4 Chain
250′ 5/8” three-strand Nylon
Secondary Rode:
30′ 3/8” BBB Chain
200′ 5/8” Three Strand Nylon

6’x10′ riding sail (anchor sail)

Navigation Gear:
Lowrance HDS Gen 2 GPS
Raymarine Depth Finder
Various charts of Eastern U.S. Seaboard and Caribbean, dating from 1989 to 2014
Explorer Chartbooks for Near Bahamas and Exumas/Ragged Islands
Skipper Bob‘s cruising guides
Waterway cruising guides (Maine to Florida via ICW, Bahamas)

Galley:
Icebox (…no refrigerator or freezer…)
2 burner propane stove
Propane oven (… though non-operational)
Large 2-well sink
Water pressure system
Hot water tank (engine coolant heated)

Tender/Dinghy:
9’6” 2006 West Marine/Zodiac inflatable dinghy with inflatable floor
2003 8hp Mercury 2-stroke outboard
3 gallon gasoline tank
Davis Outboard Motor Sling
Bike cable and lock

image Fishing Gear:
3 Fishing Poles/Reels
Various lures – Have had best luck offshore with squid-type trolling lures
1 5′ Pole Spear with trident and single barbed tips
1 Hawaiian Sling with 5′ Spear

Extras:
Hood opening side ports
Bomar hatches
Lifeline netting (for dog safety)
Helm integrated cup holders (VERY IMPORTANT!)
Dodger/Bimini covers
Stainless steel crane with 4:1 block system
Aluminum davits with 3:1 block system
West Marine outboard motor rail mount

Recommended iPhone Apps: (handy with cell phone service or wi-fi)
ActiveCaptain
Whale Alert (full NOAA charts included)
Windfinder
SailFlow
MarineTraffic (AIS receiver)
PassageWeather (website, not an app)

Questions? Send us a message via our Contact page or comment in the Leave a Reply section below! We love to talk about the Abby B.

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2 thoughts on “The Boat

    • Hello Alex. I am so happy for you. I noticed the boat was gone and I heard that he was sailing it to the Bahamas. yeyyy!!!!!!!!!!!
      Deb

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