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1986 Gulfstar 54 Sailcruiser

$199,000 USD

  • $199,000 USD
  • Roger SCole
  • Active
  • Used
  • Ketch
  • 1986
  • Gulfstar
  • 54 Sailcruiser
  • Saint Petersburg, Florida, US
  • Sail
  • 54ft / 16.46 m
  • Yanmar
  • 4jh8te
  • Inboard
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 2014-06-28
  • 2015-04-29
  • 1581231

Truly the best of both worlds. All of the comforts and capabilities of a 3 stateroom twin engine trawler,with the economy, range and freedom of a transatlantic sailing yacht. Featuring a mid-ship helm station with factory hardtop, a huge cockpit, with VIP accommodations in a beautiful golden teak interior combined with the aft lower cockpit  creates one of the most versatile and sought-after designs ever built.   

This boat is easy to handle from the security of the cockpit with Hood Stoway furling masts, roller furling head-sail, and electric winches.

She is a wonderful cruising boat, offered at an exceptional price. Owner has already purchased his new boat and has priced this 54 to sell. Offers encouraged. 

Price has been reduced gain, Boat TO BE SOLD!

Broker's Comments

Islander is a high quality American built yacht with a beautiful teak interior. 

This is a tremendous design with all of the advantages of a twin engine trawler, plus the freedom of a fully rigged modern sailing yacht. Under power she will cruise comfortably at nearly 8 knots while sipping fuel. She is also a very capable sailing yacht with Transatlantic experience. Her under-5 foot draft makes her a great Bahamas cruising yacht.

There are two queen berths in a spacious 3 stateroom layout with a gourmet galley and luxurious salon allowing for a most comfortable liveaboard.  

Islander has fresh varnish and very recent (2014) bottom paint; there were no noticeable blisters observed at that time. Her mechanical systems are very strong with new transmissions, engines and generator housings, and rebuilt Northern Lights generator. Garmin electronics are current and up to date.  Sails just reconditioned.

Electrical systems are strong with two inverters, Northern Lights generator in sound shield, solar panels, and lots of recent batteries.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase one of the most versatile designs ever built at a great price. Owner has purchased his next yacht and is receptive to offers.


The Gulfstar Sailcruiser is a ketch rigged, center cockpit motorsailer with twin engines. All the way aft is a lower cockpit area, perfect for boarding from a dinghy, swimming from the platform, fishing, or just lounging. Proceeding forward are fully unobstructed wide side decks with a walk-in cockpit entrance on the port side. The cockpit is quite large, and fully weather protected with fiberglass hardtop, forward windshield and partial side windows, plus roll-down vinyl side and aft curtains for bad weather. This design allows for all weather operation as well as excellent working decks.

From the center cockpit, proceeding below leads into the salon. There is a dining table and large U shaped settee forward to starboard, the galley is aft to starboard, the navigation desk is aft to port, and the entertainment cabinet and a chair forward to port. The salon is very bright and airy with large windows forward and on both sides. The interior of the boat is completely finished in beautiful teak paneling with teak and holly soles. There are many overhead hatches throughout the boat giving wonderful natural ventilation, in addition to full reverse cycle air conditioning and heating.

Proceeding aft from the salon through the galley to starboard, enter the master stateroom. There is a walk around queen berth on center, numerous cabinets and drawers, two hanging lockers, and ensuite head with stall shower. Additionally, there is an access door and hatch directly out to the aft cockpit.

From the salon, proceeding forward leads to the companionway. Here is the door and stairs down to the standup engine room which also has a removeable overhead hatch to the salon for big jobs or equipment removal. The laundry closet with washer/dryer is located in this companionway.

Continuing forward there is a guest stateroom to starboard with a large lower berth, and opposite to port is the guest head with stall shower which is accessible from the hallway or from the forward guest stateroom. All the way forward is the forward guest stateroom with a centerline queen berth.


  • Dining table with U shaped contoured settee and two matching stools.            
  • 2 Barrel chairs and entertainment center forward to port.
  • Galley down one step aft to starboard.
  • Navigation desk aft to port.
  • Two overhead hatches.
  • Reverse cycle air conditioning and heating.
  • Outboard cabinets and shelves.
  • Nine large windows on three sides.
  • Flat Panel 35 inch television.
  • DVR.
  • AM-FM-CD Stereo, Subwoofer, Sirius Satellite sound system with speakers in salon, all three staterooms, cockpit, and aft cockpit, all with independent volume controls.
  • Icemaker.

Companionway Forward

  • Laundry closet with Combo-O-Matic 2000 combination washer/dryer.
  • Doorway and stairs down to engine room.

Mid Guest Stateroom


  • Large lower berth.
  • Hanging locker.
  • Three large cabinets aft.
  • Bureau of drawers.
  • Dressing mirror.
  • Opening port.
  • Overhead hatch.
  • Reverse cycle air conditioning and heating.
  • Access across hallway to ensuite guest head with stall shower.


VIP Forward Guest Stateroom

  • Centerline Queen berth.
  • Hanging locker.
  • Shelves port and starboard.
  • Bureau with storage.
  • Reverse cycle air conditioning and heating.
  • Ensuite (dual access) head with sink, storage cabinet, mirror, Vac-U-Flush marine toilet, overhead hatch, opening port, and stall shower.
  • Large overhead hatch.
  • Opening ports, port and starboard.


  • Tappan electric 4 burner stove with oven.
  • Full height pantry with excellent storage.
  • Teak and Holly Sole.
  • Refrigerator and freezer compartment with 12 volt holding plate system.
  • Icemaker in salon, new 2013.
  • Dimension microwave/convection oven.
  • Comb-O-Matic 2000 washer/dryer.

Master Stateroom

  • New Teak and Holly Sole.
  • Queen centerline berth with full walkaround.
  • Lounge settee aft to starboard.
  • Bureaus port and starboard with drawers and bedding storage.
  • Full double door hanging locker.
  • Mirror on bulkhead at head of berth.
  • Opening ports to port and starboard.
  • Television.
  • Exit door and overhead hatch aft to cockpit.
  • Reverse cycle air conditioning and heating.
  • Private head with sink, storage cabinet, mirror, Vac-U-Flush marine toilet, and large stall shower.


  • Garmin GHC 10Auto Pilot with remote (2011)
  • Garmin 48 mile radar (2011)
  • Garmin 5212 GPS/Plotter in Cockpit (2011)
  • Garmin GMI 10 Digital Depth (2011)
  • Garmin GPS 492 Color Charting 
  • Standard VHF radio.
  • Garmin 4208 (Nav Station)(2011)
  • Icom IC-710 single sideband radio. (Nav Station not assured operation)
  • AM/FM/CD Sirius Satellite Stereo with Aux Inputs (2011)
  • Television antenna at masthead

Deck Equipment

  • Lofrans 12 volt windlass.
  • Dual anchor rollers at bow.
  • Delta 40 kg (88 lb) anchor with 180' chain.
  • Fortress FX55 anchor with chain and nylon rode.
  • Wash down system with selector valves.
  • Magma propane grill.
  • Custom heavy duty welded aluminum davits with winches.
  • Canister life raft (currently out of inspection not assured operational).
  • Fresh water shower in aft cockpit.
  • Swim platform.
  • Factory fiberglass hardtop with overhead hatch, lights, full windshield with windshield wiper, partial side windows, and roll down vinyl curtains.


  • AC system is 120/240 volt x 60 hz.
  • Shore power inlet for 240 volt x 50 amp supply.
  • Electric control panel with AC and DC circuit breakers.
  • 8 KW Northern Lights generator with 1450 hours (new 2003). Engine rebuilt in 2014 with 25 hours operation.
  • Xantrac Invertor/Charger (2011).
  • 12 volt DC system with circuit breakers at control panel.
  • Heart Interface Freedom 2000 inverter and charger.
  • 4 - 85 watt Siemens solar panels with remote monitor.
  • 4 - Heavy duty 8D - 270 amp hour 12 volt gel batteries.
  • 1 - 90 amp hour 12 volt generator starting battery 


Twin Yanmar 4JH8TE 66 HP diesel engines. New Transmissions in 2011. One hour meter shows 4200 Hours, other shows 2100 hours.Actual hours are not able to be verified. All new engine hoses and clamps, including complete exhaust system hoses to the transom. Engines start  immediately with no smoking evident. 

  • Transmissions are 2.6:1 reduction. (New 2011)
  • Dahl primary fuel filters for engines and generator.
  • Single lever engine controls.
  • 1 1/4" stainless steel propeller shafts.
  • Rudder stock is 3 1/2" stainless steel.
  • Bilge blowers.
  • Electric automatic and manual bilge pumps, and electric shower sump pumps.
  • Tank Tender system for levels of fuel and water.
  • 2 reverse cycle marine air conditioning and heating system units.
  • HRO 500 gallon/day water maker. Unused since 2004. Not considered operational.
  • Emergency tiller.
  • Halon automatic fire extinguishing system in engine room.
  • Mansfield Vac-U-Flush fresh water marine toilets. 2 completely separate systems with 2 pumps etc. 

Sails & Rigging

 All sails have just been reconditioned by Advanced Sail Makers, Saint Petersburg, 2014.

  • Hood Stoway electric furling main mast.
  • Hood Stoway line drive mizzen mast.
  • Facnor roller furling head sail gear (new 2000).
  • Barient 28 Electric primary winches (for sheets and furling head sail).
  • Barrows main sail (new 2001).
  • Barrows 130% Genoa (new 2001).
  • Hood 100% Jib (original ).
  • Hood mizzen (original)



The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

For Sale By United Yacht Sales

110 SW Atlanta Avenue
Stuart, Florida, 34994