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Gulfstar 55 Motor Yacht

Specifications

Name: 55 Motor Yacht
Length: 55'7"
Hull Type: Modified-V
Gross Weight: 56,000#
Fuel Capacity: 770 gals.
Model Years: 1987—1990
Draft: 4'5"
Beam: 17'4"
Water Capacity: 350 gals.
Waste Capacity: 100 gals.
Length w/ Pulpit: --
Introduced in 1987 as the Gulfstar 55 Motor Yacht, this spacious motor yacht was considered a breakthrough design in the late 1980s for her sophisticated engineering and high-tech construction. Gulfstar was a technology-driven company when Viking acquired it in late 1987, and the 55 was among their most advanced designs. Built on a fully cored hull with moderate transom deadrise, the 55 is noted for her good performance, excellent interior space utilization and woodwork, and—unfortunately—a somewhat noisy master stateroom while underway. Her standard four-stateroom layout (three with double berths) has the main salon/dining area separated from the galley and pilothouse. Notable features include a salon staircase leading up to the flybridge (a big improvement over the normal wheelhouse ladder) and a separate utility room with washer/dryer and workbench. Originally designed with walkaround side decks, the full-width salon layout became standard in 1989, and the Extended Aft Deck model (with a much smaller salon) came out in 1990. Standard 735hp 8V92 diesels cruise the Gulfstar/Viking 55 at 19–20 knots (20+ top). A total of 40 were built.

Overview

Portly twin-deck motoryacht (originally called Gulfstar 55) combined spacious accommodations, surprising performance.

Features

Four-stateroom interior-rare in any 55-footer-features wide-open salon with bridge staircase, home-sized galley, enclosed wheelhouse, private-access master, utility room with washer/dryer, walk-in engineroom.

Comments

Full-width salon became standard in 1989. Hull is fully cored.

Performance

GM 735hp 8V92s cruise at 19-20 knots (22-23 knots top).

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