Grouse | Gulfstar 50' 1978

Newport, RI

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Yacht Name: Grouse
Builder: Gulfstar
Model: 50
Year: 1978
Location: Newport, RI
Hull Material: Fiberglass

The Gulfstar 50 design has proven to be a stout, practical cruising yacht.  Grouse's classic overhangs and styling will turn heads in any harbor, while her sloop rig allows her sailplan to be easily handled by a crew of two. Her protected center cockpit provides shelter in rough water and a spacious location to relax with guests in a quiet anchorage. Below deck, her spacious two cabin layout will comfortably accommodate six for extended cruising, with arrangements for additional sea berths in the main salon. Solid teak is used liberally throughout, with finely finished storage spaces and lockers with louvered doors. An excellent liveaboard, coastal or blue water cruiser.


Length: 50'
Beam: 13' 6
Draft: 5' 6
Water Tank Capacity: 210 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 170 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Cummins
Engine Model: B3
Power: 65 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 200 Hours

Main Cabin

  • One set of sheets for bunk
  • 22" AOC LED TV
  • Separate access to forward head
  • Dinette can seat up to 10, drop leaf raises to seat at settee


Forward Cabin

  • "V" berth
  • Two complete sheet sets
  • Seperate door to forward head
  • Access to Vetus 7HP bow thruster motor and control module
  • Access to windlass motor and control module 
  • Access to group 30 12V battery with 10amp charger for windlass and bow thruster


Aft Cabin

  • Berth configuration can either be queen transverse or (2) twin in "V" configuration
  • New mattress (2011)
  • Two complete sheet sets
  • Chesapeake diesel heater
  • Full head with shower stall



Grouse has several stages of water purification. First it passes through a 'whole house' charcol filter after which water is again filtered for ice maker. At galley sink there is a separate spigot fed by additional two stage filter under sink. Water is additionally filtered prior to entering tank with in-line filter to be used on hose.

  • Seaward 3 burner LPG stove with oven/broiler and remote gas shut off
  • GE turntable microwave built-in
  • Crosby 120v cold plate system with 7 cu. ft. refrigeration & 3cu. ft. freezer (freezer holds to -5F)
  • Full assortment pots/pans, utensils and more
  • Built-in dish rack/holder with full setting for 8
  • Spice rack
  • Uline 25lbs/day ice maker with charcoal water filter


Engine Room

  • Cummins B3 65 HP main drive engine (new 2012) with new Velvet-Drive transmission 2.91 =:1 reduction gear
  • Onan MDKD8 8Kw generator re-built 2010
  • 6 gal hot water heater
  • 10 amp charger for 27 group size generator battery
  • 40 amp charger for two 8D batteries (one house, one main engine) each has main switch and crossover swithc
  • Scentry 415 fume detector
  • Whale manual emergency pum
  • Whale "Gulper" 220 automatic/manual bilge pump
  • 2 Racor 500 fuel filters (one main engine, one generator with crossover) include vacuum gauges
  • 1 Racor 500 fuel filter for transfer pump between fuel tanks



  • Marine Air 16,000 BTU air/heat
  • FCF 13,000 BTU air/heat
  • Spare circulating pump for above



  • Shore input 50 amp 240 volt to (2) 30 amp 120 volt main breakers
  • 30 amp output connector (limited to 20 amps) to feed generator to rafted friends
  • 7500 watt isolation transformer allows connecting to every domestic or international power source
  • 12 volt high efficiency lighting throughout



  • Link (Datamarine) 5000 sailing instruments
  • Garmin GPS65
  • Raytheon RK3000 WAS/GPS
  • Standard CMP847B VHF
  • 3- Jensen CD5050 CD/AM/FM; main cabin, rear cabin & forward cabin
  • Autohelm ST7000 autopilot with direct hydraulic drive to rudder
  • ICOM IC-M710 SSB
  • ICOM IC-745 SSB
  • Furuno 36 mile radar
  • AOC 22" LED 1080P TV
  • LoCata 406 EPIRB with auto deploy deck mount
  • Gateway laptop with navigation program and all East Coast charts coupled to GPS and Autohelm
  • Complete service manuals on all equipment



  • Hood In-Mast electric roller furling
  • 150% genoa with Schaefer roller furling (Schaefer unit new 2005)
  • Anchor sail to minimize "dancing" on a mooring or anchor


Ground Tackle

  • 45 lb CQR with 150' 3/8" BBB chain
  • 45 lb Danforth with 25' chain and 250' 5/8 nylon strand rode
  • Ideal windlass with gypsy, 2500 lb pull



  • AVON/ West Marine 11' rigid inflatable
  • Simpson stainless steel davits with internal windlas


Dock Lines

  • (4) 30' 3/4 nylon strand
  • (4) 40' 3/4 nylon strand
  • (2) 36" oak fender boards
  • (6) 30" x 6" fenders



Incredible assortment of spare parts for extended cruising 



  • 3 approved hand held fire extinguishers
  • Automatic/Manual CO2 system in engine room
  • Up to date signal set
  • AVON 6 man life raft with custom deck mount