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Gulf 32 Pilothouse  Sloop

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Boat REF# 154002
Sold / Unavailable
Length 32'0"
Year 1984
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long Keel
Sleeping berths 5
Engine 1 x diesel 28hp, Beta/Kubota B28HE (2010)
Lying Island County, WA USA - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer William Garden
Builder Capitol
Lying Island County, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 70.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 180.0 USG Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 15.0 USG Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x diesel 28hp
Engine make and model Beta/Kubota B28HE (2010)
Engine Hours engine1:   900
Engine Cooled Indirect
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Prop(s) Three Blade Bronze
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Fuel consumption (approx) 0.5 USG /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 6 knots
Max speed (approx) 7 knots
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The engine was replaced Jan 2010 with a new Kubota Beta Marine 28 HP B28HE diesel and a Twin Disc TMC 60E reversing gear with 2.5/1 ratio. A PYI Flex Coupler on a 1-1/8" shaft with PYI dripless shaft seal, cutlass bearing and 3 blade Michigan 15-12 propeller was installed No 2009. Two spare props are included. Engine equipment includes a 500 MA Racor fuel filter, Groco bronze water strainer and an electronic primer fuel pump. The 75 gallon fuel tank was polished and an access plate installed Jun 2007. A Vetus muffler, exhaust system and transom thru-hull was installed Jan 2010.

Five AGM batteries, new Apr 2009, including four Seavolt Group 31 (105 AH each) deep cycle in the house bank and a Seavolt Group 24 starting battery, new Jan 2010 with a Link 20 two bank Battery monitor by Heart Interface. Shore charging by a TrueCharge 20 Amp charger with a complete spare unit. Engine charging by a Balmar 100 Amp High Output alternator with serpentine belt drive, new Jan 2010. Also fitted is a 30 Amp Guest galvanic isolator.

The solar panel system includes three 87 watt and one 130 watt Kyocera panel with a Blue Sky 2512 I Solar Boost Controller. Also fitted, a Rutland 913 wind generator with Marlec HRS913 controller, new Mar 2009. The combination provides more than enough charging capacity for normal use including powering the water maker and entertainment systems.

A Village Marine Tech, Little Wonder Watermaker, 12v, 200gpd, reconditioned and installed Apr 2009, supplies fresh water to the aft water tank. That tank can supply the pure, untreated water direct in the cockpit or to the galley.

Shore power is connected with a 50' cable through a 30 Amp panel. A 1000 Watt ProSine Inverter with USB charging port provides on board AC power.

The interior helm features wheel steering. A tiller is fitted in the cockpit and the wireless hand held autopilot controller allows steering from anywhere on the boat.

Numerous spares and rebuild kits are provided for the engine and all other systems on board including filters, spare water pumps and water maker parts as needed on a long range cruiser.

The entertainment system with TV and DVD has its own 400 W inverter.


Length 32'0"
LWL 25'0"
Beam 10'0"
Draft Min 5'3"
Airdraft 39'0"
Displacement 15,000.0lbs
Headroom 6'3"
Storage On marina


Sloop rigged Aluminium spars (1984) with Stainless Steel standing rigging (2010)


Performance is always an issue on a cruising sail boat. The owners remarks about this boat answer that question:

"I have owned "Isabella" a Gulf 32 for 6 yrs. and after much work we sailed her from BC, Canada to Mexico & sailed most of Mexico for the last 2+ years with a new main, 130 genoa w/ a mast mounted whisker pole. We keep up with most boats & excel over many of the lighter boats as the wind pipes up to 20+ as we can carry a lot of sail area. We've experienced winds in the high 40's & 14-16' seas off Oregon."

The main is controlled with a center main sheet and roller bearing slide car traveler. Five winches are fitted. Two single speed Lewmars on the mast (halyards), one single speed Lewmar self-tailing at the mainsheet and two Lewmar 43 two speed self-tailing on the jib sheets.

A telescoping whisker pole with adjustable pole fitting mast track is provided to control the 130 genoa. A new masthead Windex was fitted in 2010 when the mast was painted with epoxy, fitted with mast steps, new stainless wire rigging and new double braid running rigging.

The main and foresail were new in 2010 along with the sail covers. The rig

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 5 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator, solar panels, shore power


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Construction GRP
Underwater profile Long Keel
Finish Gelcoat finish

The Gulf 32 Pilothouse is a William Garden design, long keel motorsailer built by Capitol Yachts of Harbor City California in 1984. Capitol also built several different models of Neptune and Newport yachts. The Gulf 32 is intended for extended offshore cruising with an almost full keel, internal ballast and attached rudder. It is heavily built of fiberglass with 6,500 pounds internal ballast of iron shot and cement.

A modest, easily handled sail rig of 580 sq. ft. and a 33 foot mast provides good performance. Long passages at an average speed over 7 knots have been logged on this boat. The engine was replaced in 2010 and is a Kubota based Beta three cylinder diesel that is both smooth and relatively quiet in operation. Cruising speed under power is 6 knots with economy of 1/2 gallon of fuel per hour. The engine and related systems are easily accessible from above and all sides through lift off hatches in the floor of the galley/helm area which is a considerable improvement over the usual "engine buried under the cockpit" arrangement of most sail boats this size.

The current owner has added several custom features including the heavy SS rail system with bow and stern pulpits, an extended bow roller for the anchor, teak swim step and boarding ladder and a tubular SS arch over the cockpit to carry the wind generator, solar panels, outboard lift and antennas. The portals in the hull were replaced with solid SS framed, waterproof glass ports and forward skylight/hatch all with 3/8" safety glass also used on the new, aluminum framed windows installed in the pilot house.


Total # of berths 5
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 3
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
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A large cockpit aft and a wide stern with teak swim step and boarding ladder provide plenty of outdoors space for the crew. BottomSider cockpit cushions are fitted all around, new Sept 2009. The cockpit features three opening lockers in the seats with large storage areas. A SS arch over the aft of the cockpit carries the wind generator, three of the solar panels and antennas. It also features a hoist for the outboard and a rack for surfboards. In addition to the Sunbrella dodger forward, a removable canvas cover can provide shade and shelter over the entire cockpit. Cockpit steering is by folding tiller with engine controls, plotter, depth and radio available.

At anchor, sun covers can be deployed from the booms and rigging to provide shade for the entire deck. A fabric wind scoop attached to the forward, opening skylight assists ventilation. Phiphertex sun covers are provided for the windows and bimini.

Forward of the cockpit is a large companionway (triple door) down stairs to the galley/helm area of the pilot house. The interior is divided into three areas. First is the pilot house. To starboard of the central standing helm station is a sit down chart table, instruments and shelves for the navigator. Behind the chart table is a large quarter berth extending under the starboard cockpit seat. The inside steering station has engine controls, compass, radar and plotter which can also be viewed from the cockpit. Either helm station can be disengaged while using the other. The pilothouse/galley floor is tiger bamboo, installed May 2010.

The "U" shaped galley is on the port side of the pilot house sharing the 360 degree view through large windows with easy access to either up to the cockpit or down to the seating/table area. Galley equipment includes a Force 10, two burner stove/oven/broiler, new Dec 2009, and a Adler-Barbour CU100 refrigeration system, new Sep 2008 and serviced/recharged Sep 2012. A Moen Stone sink with American Standard Elite faucet was installed Nov 2007. An Engel MT27 AC/DC freezer was installed May 2008 and a Seaward 5700 six gallon SS water heater was installed Nov 2009. Two 2.5 gallon aluminum propane tanks are mounted on deck aft with a Marinetics remote switch in the galley, new Apr 2010. Hot and cold pressure water is supplied by a ShurFlo 4 gpm electric pump with a complete spare pump, new May 2010. Fresh water is also pumped with a foot pedal pump mounted below the sink, new Jan 2008. The owner also added a folding teak counter extension, teak pantry with shelving and a removable SS grab rail in front of the stove.

Cabin heat is provided by a Sure Marin 5000 BTU heater. Six Hella interior ventilation fans keep air moving.

Basic headroom in the interior is about 6'4" but including the raised pilot house over the lower seating area gives the impression of much more head room.

Forward and two steps down is the main cabin which has a full length settee berth on the port side and an "L" shaped dinette on the starboard. The interior cushions and upholstery were new Nov 2008. The custom teak dinette table (Mar 2009) stores out of the way against the bulkhead forward and folds down and out for serving. There are shelves and lockers above the berths and storage under the berths. The cabin is well lighted with ports on each side as well as the pilot house windows above. Ventilation is good with the opening doors to the cockpit, opening pilothouse windows and a forward opening skylight in the bow compartment which can be fitted with a large, fabric wind scoop. The raised pilothouse area flows into the main cabin with no bulkhead which provides an unusually open, spacious and well lit interior. The result is that the interior seems very large for a 32 foot boat.

Forward of the main cabin on the starboard side is a head compartment with grate floor, shelves and lockers. There is a sink and shower which is operated by either a foot pump or the pressurized water system. The toilet is a Lavac Zenith toilet with diaphragm pump which is virtually impossible to clog. A 15 gallon holding tank is fitted. Opposite the head compartment are storage lockers.

The forward (bow) cabin has a 6'+ "V" berth to the starboard side with surrounding shelves. The mattress is memory and Pincore foam, installed Oct 2009. To port is a shelf with drawers under. A vanity seat for dressing doubles as a step to the V berth. The hull interior is planked with teak and the cabin sole is teak and holly.

The entertainment system includes a JVC stereo system with an AM, FM and XM tuner so you can receive radio stations from anywhere no matter where you are. There is also a CD player, USB port, Ipod dock and Bose speakers in waterproof enclosures over the cockpit. A Sharp 13" flat screen TV and Magnavox DVD player with a dedicated 400 watt inverter provide video and there is a wifi booster + software.

Interior lighting includes 4 LED dome lights, Mar 2008 and 5 Hella flexible neck Halogen interior lights, Nov 2009.

2 burner propane Stove

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A Raytheon ST6002 below deck (2010) autopilot provides primary steering with a wireless controller allowing steering control from anywhere on the boat. Navigation equipment includes a Raytheon Pathfinder SL70 Radar (2005), Garmin GPSmap 521 chart plotter with Alaska to Mexico charts (2010), Standard Horizon DS45 depth sounder, SL45 speed log, ICOM IC-422 VHF (2008), HF72S Ritchie steering compass, ICOM 718 SSB/Ham HF radio with ICOM AH-4 antenna tuner, Shakespeare Galaxy whip antenna and Kiss Counter Poise (2011). A Pactor modem is on board but not installed. Also installed is a BIos weather and wind instrument (wireless) (2008).

Cockpit instruments include a Garmin Fishfinder 400C (2010), a GPSmap 76Cx plotter (2010), Brunton 8.5 steering compass (2009) and an ICOM Command Mic 2 VHF (remote for the ICOM 422) (2008).

Deck Gear

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2 halyard winches
3 sheet winches
Manual Simpson Lawrence windlass
3 anchors
(Delta 45, Fortress FX37, Delta 15)
160'0" of chain
200'0" of rode
Nordic 2.93m dinghy (2008)
2.5hp outboard, Yamaha, Long shaft (2007)
The primary anchor is a 44 lb Delta with 160' of 5/16" chain and 200' of 5/8" nylon rode (new in 2009). The secondary anchor is a Fortress FX-37 with 75' 5/16" chain and 200' of 5/8" nylon rode (new 09/2011). The Delta 15 stern anchor has 30' of 5/16" chain and 200' of 1/2" nylon rode (new 03/2011. The anchor windlass is a Simpson Lawrence vertical (new Jun 2007). A custom bow roller is fitted. A Shurflo saltwater wash down system is provided at the bow.

Chain and rode for a stern anchor is stored inside the transom. The large aluminum Fortress anchor is carried on deck. Extra chain is carried in the chain locker to attach the 12 foot parachute sea anchor.

Two 12" bow cleats and chalks were installed in 2010. A custom teak swim platform with boarding ladder was fitted in 2010. The stainless steel arch for mounting the solar panels, outboard motor lift, surfboard rack, solar cockpit lights, antennas and speakers was fitted in 2007. Two extra cockpit drains were added for offshore sailing.

The original wheel steering system in the cockpit was replaced with a tiller to provide considerably more room in the cockpit and better access to the stern in 2009. The cockpit is sheltered with a custom Sunbrella dodger with 40 mil (heavy) SeaFlex windows, SS handholds and welded back grab rail and Bimini top, all new in 2008.

Exterior lighting includes a mid-mast steaming lamp, masthead LED anchor light and spreader deck lamp new Mar 2010. The new cockpit arch has an LED anchor light with photo sensitive switch, new Jul 2012.


Fishing rod holders are mounted to the cockpit rails.

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4 bilge pumps (1 manual / 3 electric)

12 foot diameter Paratec parachute anchor with chain from the anchor locker. Coastal Compact 4 person life raft (2010). Lifesling MOB retrieval system. Forespar MOB pole.

The deck is enclosed by a continuous 1" stainless steel rail including bow and stern pulpits. A Davis Echomaster Radar Reflector is fitted. A manual bilge pump is worked from the cockpit and three 1600 gph electric pumps are fitted in the bilges (new in 2010). Two with float switches.

Three fire extinguishers are mounted (two Type I and one Type II) (inspected 04/2012). Also fitted is a Marine Technologies 60-541 Carbon Monoxide Alarm and an SA-10XL Fume, Fire and High Bilge Alarm.

The eight bronze thru hull fittings have bronze or Marelon ball valves with tapered soft wood plugs at each valve.

Broker's Comments

This is the boat you want for your dream cruise to the tropics. The Gulf 32 Pilothouse Sloop is an ideally sized, well built, offshore cruising boat capable of going anywhere. The owner of this boat is a professional mariner with extensive large boat experience from Alaska into the Caribbean and seven years on this boat. He has cruised it from Alaska to Mexico with two years living aboard in Mexico. It has recently been extensively renovated and upgraded so that it is an almost new boat with new engine, running gear, sails, rigging, interior furnishings and cosmetic upgrades throughout. It also includes a huge list of spares and necessary gear for real, offshore cruising. It is effectively a turn key passport to cruise anywhere you want to go. Call for details on the extensive blog documenting the adventures of this boat.

Performance is good under power or sail with long sail passages showing speeds up to 7 knots and cruising under power at 6 knots. The sail rig is easily handled on one person. The full keel/attached rudder design provides stability and comfortable ride even in difficult sea conditions.

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Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Gulf 32 Pilothouse Sloop has been personally photographed and viewed by Dirk Nansen of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
The particulars herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but are not guaranteed as accurate. They shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel. The prospective purchaser is recommended to independently check the particulars. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. Personal property is excluded from the sale of the vessel unless specifically included in the listing specifications above or in a Purchase Contract. Personal property may be equipment or gear not permanently attached to the vessel including but not limited to: artwork, entertainment equipment, fishing equipment, TV receivers, recreational equipment, kayaks, tools, and personal appliances. Photos that may incidentally depict owners' personal property do not convey that such items are included in the sale of the vessel unless specifically listed herein.

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