Whitecap | Gulfstar 44' 1981

Annapolis, MD

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

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Yacht Name: Whitecap
Builder: Gulfstar
Model: Ketch Cutter
Year: 1981
Location: Annapolis, MD
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Do not miss this opportunity! The owner since 2003 spent over 175K upgrading and maintaining this lovely classic yacht. She completely refit!

The new 70hp Lugger diesel engine, all new rigging, painted mast and booms, new chain plates, new electric furler for mainsail, bow thruster, complete galley refit and so much more! The new flag blue Awlgripped topsides Corinthian Blue are beautiful. She had la lovely interior with new air-conditioning, new opening ports, two heads and one electric toilet. She is one beautiful classic yacht! There is so much new on this boat that she is amazing. Keep reading!

This one is special! The Gulfstar 44 is often overlooked by cruisers and liveaboards today and maybe most of them are growing tired, but not Whitecap because she is completely refit! While the Gulfstar of the early years in the 70s were not regarded has top quality, but 1980 the Lazzara factory had started building a high quality and surprisingly modern sailing vessel of solid hand laid glass and lead keel with the interior built in the way real boats are build. No liner here! Designed by Vince Lazzara she is a surprisingly modern sailing vessel with her raked bow leading aft to a slight sheer with an attractive counter stern. Walking through the boat yard, you’ll do a double take when you see the long fin cruising keel and full skeg mounted rudder. On the deck, the low cabin house is pleasing and looking aft the boat is shapely with the beam in her displacement weight of 28,000lbs and 8500 lbs of ballast she sails beautifully. Her waterline of over 35 ft with a beam of only 13’2” she is shapely and actually fast. On deck you see her pretty lines with a fairly sharp entry neatly curving to the middle tapered at the transom. She looks exactly like a real boat. She’s very pretty. With her ketch cutter rig, she is a gorgeous classic under sail. They say that Vince Lazzara was “the master of beauty above, speed below, and comfort inside.” We are very pleased to bring you “Whitecap” the 1981 Gulfstar Ketch Cutter. There is so much to love and appreciate in this boat.

You will see that in many aspects she was modern for her times and mostly everything has been refit, rebedded, replaced or updated. She’s lovely. The fixed salon windows with stainless steel frames are quite modern and allow a lot of light below. There are pull down pleated window treatments that are all perfect. There are plenty of opening ports and hatches as well and all were replaced and rebedded. The door to the engine room is like a real engine room door on a ship with a window. And when you open it, you are surprised to see a big beautiful Lugger diesel installed in 2003. It is about as good as you could get and it has about 420 hours on it.

Why not! Her owner of many years, owned a boat yard and had a love for beautiful boats. Whitecap has a new Awlgrip paint job in beautiful Corinthian blue in addition to the gorgeous diesel with only 420 hours on it. For her age, she is lightly used. The stove looks like it was never used at all. The interior is romantic in a really good way with unique features like a built in liquor cabinet with a roll down door that slides perfectly as the day she was new. And I don’t think it is from use! It just fits and works right. The teak joinery is impressive and the interior is in lovely condition and overall it is very pleasing.

In fact the interior layout on the whole is quite wonderful with a traditional “real” V-berth in the forward cabin with the head aft to port and storage to starboard forward of the main bulkhead. The salon just aft is large with an l-shaped settee to port and a straight settee/berth to starboard with a large centerline drop-leaf table. You can seat a crew of at least six. The galley tucked to port at the companionway is just perfect with plenty of counter space and storage. There’s a real sit down forward facing navigation station to starboard with a big chart table with a custom inlaid compass rose and a gorgeous custom leather seat. Then the walkthrough to the aft cabin where there is incredible storage to starboard and the amazing engine room under the cockpit. The aft cabin is awesome with wide berths port and starboard and a beautiful settee in the centerline for dressing. Of course it has a filler to make the entire space a huge king sized berth. It’s awesome and the cushions look like they were never slept on.

This boat really deserves your consideration. She is a 1981 boat designed and built in a time when real boats were built really well. She has been completely refit and continually maintained and upgraded along the way. It really shows.

Here are the highlights:

  • New rigging with electric mainsail furler
  • Masts and boom painted in Imron
  • New vang
  • New Profurl furlers for the genoa and staysail
  • Ketch cutter rig with furling for all sails
  • New Awlgrip in Corinthian Blue
  • New bow thruster
  • New Lugger diesel engine  (440 hours)
  • Maxprop installed, three-blade
  • Steering system completely refurbished
  • New air conditioning system with three zones
  • New Frigoboat 12v refrigeration and freezer – keel cooled
  • Galley refit with new Force 10 stove, hood, and microwave oven
  • New galley cabinets and countertops
  • New double deep stainless steel galley sink and faucet
  • Additional opening ports added for even more ventilation
  • New custom headliner with teak battens
  • All new cushions and upholstery
  • Solid teak cabin sole, not an overlay, solid teak planking
  • Fresh water electric flush toilet in owners ensuite head
  • Flat screen TV hides behind the oil painting in the salon!
  • Beautiful wine or liquor storage built into the bulkhead with roll up door
  • Gorgeous nav station and chart table with inlaid compass rose and leather chair built in
  • Electric anchor windlass with controls at the helm
  • Teak cockpit grate and teak wheel with teak cockpit table


If you are looking for  real  liveaboard cruising boat with style and substance you will really want to see this boat. Whitecap is a fortunate vessel that has enjoyed living in the owner’s boatyard and being completely rebuilt, refit and made ever more beautiful. This ’81 Gulfstar 44 is better built that many boats of her time or anytime. She is really beautiful.. If you compare her to any boats in the realm, you will not be disappointed whatsoever. So call now and make your appointment. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


LOA: 44 ft 8 in
Beam: 13 ft 2 in
LWL: 35 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 6 in
Displacement: 26000 lbs
Ballast: 8500 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 58 ft 0 in
Headroom: 6 ft 4 in
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Lugger
Year Built: 2003
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 440
Engine Power: 70 HP
Fresh Water Tanks: (160 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (80 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (30 Gallons)
Number of single berths: 1
Number of double berths: 3
Number of heads: 2

Full Specifications


The Gulfstar 44 was designed and built for comfort. In her time she was a yacht of style and substance. You will instantly see her quality and loveliness. She is a two stateroom center cockpit vessel with ample space and storage for everything. She sleeps seven including the two staterooms and the salon berths. With two heads and one stall shower she’s pretty decadent. The electric fresh water toilet is a nice update. The teak joinery is largely factory completed and of the highest quality. The custom features are done so nicely they look as though they were always there. The cabin sole is real teak planking. The custom nav station, wine cabinet, and hidden flat screen and the updated including the air conditioning vents are so well done, you won’t even know it was not original. The new galley is perfect and I don’t think the stove was ever used. The cabinhouse windows are lovely and the window treatments totally work. The ventilation is very good with extra opening ports, overhead hatches, dorades, and fans.

As you enter the companionway, the galley is tucked to port with the nav to starboard and the spacious main salon spreads out before you. The L-shaped dinette to port converts to double berth and there is a straight settee berth to starboard. The teak cabinetry outboard is just right. The centerline drop-leaf table opens to seat at least seven and likely eight. Original oil painting on the bulkhead is craftily hinged to hind a flat screen TV! She’s sleathy in her technology, but it is there.

The large, sit down forward-facing, nav station has a beautiful leather seat and the chart table has a custom inlaid compass rose. The passage to the aft cabin has incredible storage outboard in three lockers with boat hanging and shelving. Of course the engine room access is fantastic and functional.

The U shaped galley on the port side was completely refit and it is completely functional with ample storage and counter space.

The owner's stateroom is amazing with the two wide berths and settee between which can convert to a king size berth. There are ample hanging lockers, drawers and cabinets. The ensuite head is large with a separate stall shower.

The guest stateroom is up forward, with spacious true V-berth with an insert to make a full double. There is a private entrance to guest head from the forward cabin which makes it really nice for guests. There is ample stowage in lockers, shelves, and drawers. 

The guest head forward of the bulkhead to port has access from the main salon as well as from the forward cabin. It has a features vanity with a sink and shower faucet and the toilet.

The boat actually sleeps seven including the salon berths. The boat is delightfully romantic with a light and bright feeling. With the totally workable galley and a spacious salon with nice big dining table she is great for entertaining or showing the grandkids the ropes.  The Teak interior is warm feeling with plenty of light from the windows and ports. The joinery is excellent with many nuances of the period that you will never find on a Clorox bottle boat. She’s lovely. Cabinets have l louvered doors for ventilation. The teak and holly sole is in good condition. There is great ventilation with fans, dorades, and opening ports and hatches. The upholstery is pleasing and  she has a lovely ambiance.

Creature Comforts:

  • Beautiful teak joinery and satin varnish
  • Many beautiful custom features all perfectly integrated
  • Three zone air-conditioning system with reverse cycle heat
  • Flat screen TV 22” Samsung behind the oil painting
  • Nice low amp cabin lighting
  • New cushions, which were always covered
  • Kenwood Stereo and CD player
  • Alpine speakers – four sets! Main salon, owner’s stateroom, guest stateroom, and in the cockpit with volume control in the cockpit.
  • Large center cockpit with dodger, bimini and connector
  • Teak cockpit table
  • Electric furling for mainsail and furlers on all sails
  • Stall shower in aft cabin and electric fresh water flush toilet
  • Skyscreens for hatches
  • Seafoam green upholstery in excellent condition
  • Pleated window curtains the fold up
  • Opening transom gate with swim ladder

Galley & Plumbing

The galley was completely refit with new cabinets, new counter, and all new everything. It is really nice with everything you need and want.

Galley Details:

  • U shaped galley with nice space, light, and air
  • New foot pumps
  • Custom white cabinetry
  • Custom Formica counter top
  • Ample storage, counter space and drawers
  • Good access to the cockpit
  • Refrigeration is a new Frigoboat keel cooled refrigeration system 12v
  • Separate freezer
  • Force 10, three-burner propane stove with oven
  • Broan stainless steel stove hood
  • Microwave over the stove
  • Double deep stainless steel sinks
  • New faucet
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • Manual foot pumps
  • Trash bin
  • Spice rack

Propane for galley stove

  • Stern locker
  • Properly vented with solenoid
  • Two 10 lb tanks

Plumbing Details:

  • 160 gallons of water in two fiberglass tanks
  • Two heads
  • Ensuite owners head accessed from the aft cabin
  • Sink with vanity and separate stall shower
  • Vacuflush toilet with fresh water flush
  • Holding tank, 30 gallows with deck pumpout
  • Diverter valve for direct overboard
  • Forward guest head is large with a vanity sink shower faucet and manual toilet
  • Pressure water pump-Sureflo
  • Hot water heater 110v and engine

Electronics & Navigation

New Garmin in 2010 with Raymarine sailing instruments circa 2003.Beautiful navigation station down below. 

  • Garmin chart plotter 2010
  • Simrad Robertson autopilot
  • Raymarine ST 60 Tridata, speed, depth, and log
  • Raymaine ST 60 display at the nav station
  • West Marine VHF Radio w/ DSC
  • Uniden handheld FHV
  • Clock and barometer
  • Richie binnacle compass
  • New pedestal and nav pod
  • Windex on the masthead


Systems: Mechanical & Electrical Systems

The owner of Whitecap has refit the entire boat and every inch has been inspected and replaced as necessary. He has kept every receipt showing over 175K!  


  • Lugger 70 HP Diesel engine 2003 with 420 hours
  • New engine mounts
  • Shaft removed and inspected
  • Cutlass bearing new in 2016
  • New shaft seal
  • New PYI Max Prop three blade
  • Fuel – 80 gallons in fiberglass tank
  • Shut off at the tank
  • Electric fuel pump
  • Racor fuel filter
  • Perco sea water strainer
  • Good engine room access
  • Engine room work light
  • Fire suppression system
  • Steering system completely rebuilt (cable on quadrant)
  • Emergency tiller
  • Engine room blower
  • Annual service

Other Mechanicals

  • Cruisair AC system
  • Vacuflush toilet
  • Frigoboat Refrigeration
  • Vetus 5122 bow thruster


Electrical system has been inspected and all mast wiring replaced when the masts were pulled and painted.

DC 12v Electrical System

  • Three 8D gel batteries in proper battery box
  • Separate start battery
  • Main engine alternator
  • DC electrical breaker panel was replaced in about 2004
  • All new cabin lighting 2004
  • New battery switch
  • 12 Volt Systems:
  • Voltmeter and Ampmeter
  • Heart monitor system
  • Nav lights new port and starboard deck level nav lights
  • Tri-color masthead light
  • Anchor light
  • 12 Volt outlets
  • Cabin lights - 12 volt low amp new in 2004
  • Electric bilge pump with automatic float switch Rule 1500
  • Second electric bilge pump manually operated
  • Emergency manual pump in cockpit locker
  • Stern light
  • Steaming light
  • Deck Lights
  • Cockpit light
  • Deck wash pump
  • Sump pumps for showers

AC 110v Shore Power System:

  • 120v 30 amp connection
  • 50 ft. shore power cord
  • Shore power system replaced 2004 with Heart Interface Inverter Charger
  • AC breaker panel has master on-off breaker and reverse polarity indicator
  • Six 110 v outlets
  • Hot Water Heater
  • Air-conditioning – Cruisair three zones

Rig and Sails Inventory

All new rigging and chain plates. All sails are on furlers.

  • Ketch rig with cutter headsails
  • Masts pulled, sanded and painted with Imron
  • Booms sanded and painted with Imron
  • All new 1/19 ss wire rigging
  • New chain plates
  • Hood furling mainsail system
  • Line stopper on the cabin house to manage mainsail outhaul and furling line
  • Boom end sheeting to traveler aft of the helm station
  • New furler motor for mainsail
  • New Vang
  • Running backstays for use with staysail in ocean conditions
  • Profurl furlers for both headsail
  • Genoa tracks rebedded
  • Telescoping spinnaker pole deck mounted


  • Sheet winches on the combing Barient 32 ST two speed
  • Mainsheet winches aft at the helm Barient 32 ST two speed
  • Cabin top winch Barient 21 two speed
  • Mast winches – Barient 22 two speed and Barient 18 two speed


  • Dacron sails
  • Hood furling mainsail
  • Furling genoa 120%
  • Furling staysail
  • Mizzen sail with inmast furling also
  • Asymmetrical cruising chute

Hull Construction and Design Features

  • Modern cruising fin keel
  • Skeg rudder
  • Lead keel 8500 lbs ballast
  • Displacement 28,000 lbs
  • Solid fiberglass hand laid construction
  • Vetus bow thruster installed 2005
  • Teak rub rail
  • Flag blue Awlgrip paint
  • White boot stripe
  • New bottom paint 2016 (she’s on the hard now)

Deck Details:

  • Fiberglass sandwich with Balsa core deck reinforced for deck fittings
  • Deck hardware rebedded in 2005
  • "Tropics-Friendly" low maintenance with no teak overlay
  • Molded fiberglass nonskid
  • Teak toerail finished in Cetol
  • 32" high SS stanchions thru bolted with backing plates
  • Bow and Stern pulpit
  • Double lifelines
  • port and starboard boarding gates amidships
  • Aft deck with large lazarett
  • Walk through transom with swim ladder
  • Fiberglass dorade boxes with 4 inch SS cowls and guards
  • Eight new stainless steel Atkins/Hoyle opening ports
  • Six fixed windows rebedded and reglazed
  • Four large deck hatches all rebedded
  • Dorades with SS cowls and teak boxes
  • Teak hand rails on the cabin top
  • Bow, stern and midship cleats
  • Motor mount on the stern rail

Cockpit Details

  • Center cockpit with great seating
  • Great winch placement for single hand sailing
  • Dodger, bimini and connector panel for great shade
  • Binnacle/pedestal with steer steering
  • Dual lever controls
  • Engine instrument panel
  • Controls for bow Vetus bow thruster
  • Compass-Richie compass binnacle mounted
  • Teak cockpit grate
  • Four large cockpit drains
  • Teak cockpit table stows on the pedestal
  • Sheet winches on the teak coaming
  • Flat teak coaming makes a nice seat

Ground Tackle:

  • Stem fitting with double bow anchor roller
  • New Simpson Lawrence electric windlass 2008
  • Anchor washdown system
  • 45 lb CQR anchor with 100 ft of chain
  • Divided chain locker

Additional and Safety Specifications & Items

  • Throwable flotation device
  • Engine room fire suppression system
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Second electric pump on manual switch
  • Manual bilge pumps in cabin and in cockpit
  • GFCI outlets for AC
  • Emergency tiller



Length: 44'
Beam: 13' 2
Draft: 5' 6
Power: 70hp
Engine Hours: Bernie and Kate