1987 45' Gulfstar 45

Fort Pierce, FL


1987 Gulfstar/Hirsch 45 Gallivant

A Bright Spot in the Market

If you've been looking  for a well equipped, capable cruiser, that is ready to sail, grab your flip flops 'cause Gallivant just may be the boat you're seeking. If the equipment list doesn't grab you, maybe the traditional yet very comfortable layout with an island queen berth in the aft stateroom will.

  • Repowered with Yanmar 54hp in 2008 1,255hrs.
  • Completely Rewired, New A/C and D/C Panels, New Electronics 2013
  • Completely Re-Plumbed  with PEC and Shark Bite Fittings 2018
  • Spectra Newport 14gal per hour Watermaker (working today)
  • 800AH AGM House Batteries 2019
  • 470 Watt Solar on Aluminum Arch
  • 2010 10' Avon RIB, 15hp Yamaha ('07)  3.3hp Mercury outboard ('21)
  • 2 Scuba Tanks with 50' Hookah Rig
  • New Honda EU200 Portable Generator 2021 (option)
  • Recent Survey Available

After sailing much of the way around the world on previous boats, and this one, the current owners are considering a change, making Gallivant available for your adventures. She is well found, well thought out, and needs very little to be ready for life off the grid anywhere you choose to go.

You can be confident that Gallivant will live up to your expectations during a survey, leaving you more confident to slip the lines, raise the sails and start living an adventurous life.

To Make an Appointment

Please Call Chip Cramer with S&J Yachts in Stuart, Florida

Gallivant is easily seen in Ft. Pierce

My cell number is below and I'm looking forward to working with you

 Thank you!




  • Model45
  • Model Year1987
  • LOA44.67 ft
  • Beam13.17 ft
  • Engines Total Power54 hp
  • Number of Engines1
  • Engine BrandYanmar
  • Engine Model4JH4E
  • Engine TypeInboard
  • Engine Power54 horsepower
  • Engine Fuel Typediesel
  • Cruising Speed7 kn
  • Fresh Water Tanks60 gallon
  • Fuel Tanks78 gallon
  • Holding Tanks30 gallon

Galley & Salon

  • New Corian Countertops 2009
  • Adler Barber Super Cold Machine Fridge with Air Cooled BD50 Compressor
  • Frigoboat Freezer with Air Cooled BD50 Compressor
  • Hillerange Propane 2 Burner with Oven 2009
  • Panasonic Microwave 2021
  • Salon Cushions New 2020
  • New Mattresses in Both Staterooms 2021
  • New Custom Teak Storage Cabinets in Both Staterooms
  • New Cabin Sole

On Deck

  • Rocna 72lbs with 300' of 3/8 G4 Chain
  • 45lbs Plow with 100' of 3/8 G4 Chain and 200' Nylon Rode
  • Maxwell 2400 with Remote and Helm Switch
  • Custom Pulpit and Dual Anchor Rollers
  • Propane Locker Holding 2 10lb bottles
  • Full Cockpit Enclosure with No-see-um Screens and Sun Covers
  • Custom Aluminum Arch with Dinghy Davits
  • Full Set of "C Cushions"  Brand Closed Cell Foam Made to Fit
  • Folding Swim Ladder
  • Outboard Motor Lift Crane
  • Canvas Covers for Hatches, Scuba Tanks and Jerry Cans
  • Teak Cockpit Table
  • Hot & Cold Cockpit Shower
  • Fenders and Dock Lines
  • Propane BBQ Plumbed to House Propane
  • Two Scuba Tanks with 50' Hookah Line
  • West Marine Go Anywhere Chairs

Sails & Rigging

  • New Standing Rig 2009
  • Fully Battened Mainsail in Great Condition
  • ATN Gail Sail/Storm Jib Like New Condition
  • 100% Jib Very Good Condition
  • Code Zero on Single Line Furler and Bow Sprit Excellent Condition
  • Beth Leonard Design Preventer System
  • Tides Marine Strong Track Mainsail Track
  • Forespar Carbon Fiber/Aluminum Whisker Pole on Mast Track
  • 6 Self Tailing Winches
  • Garhauer Mainsheet Traveler
  • Garhauer Line Boom Vang
  • Mack Pack Mainsail Cover Useable Condition
  • 100% Genoa in Great Condition
  • Profurl Furler Overhauled in 2009
  • Running Rig in Excellent Condition
  • Bridge Clearance 62'
More Equipment


  • Raymarine 9" Touch Screen Chartplotter at Helm 2013
  • Raymarine 5" Chartplotter at Nav Station
  • Raymarine type 2 Auto Pilot with Wireless Remote 2013
  • Raymarine Wind, Depth and Speed 2013
  • Raymarine AIS Transceiver 2013
  • Raymarine Radar 48mile 2013
  • VHF Garmin 200 with Wireless Remote Mic at Helm 2013
  • SSB ICOM M-802 with AT 140 Antenna Tuner 2013
  • SSB Modem SCS P4 Dragon 2013
  • Globemaster Compass P5 Rebuilt, Rejeweled and Swung 2013
  • Kenwood AM/FM/CD/USB/Bluetooth/Sirius
  • Bose Speakers in Salon and Cockpit


  • Yanmar 4JH4E 54HP with 1255hrs New 2008
  • Custom Engine Instrument Warning System on Helm Pedestal
  • New Prop Shaft
  • New PSS Dripless Shaft Seal with Spare Bellows
  • Spare Cutlass Bearing
  • Shaft Shark Line Cutter on Shaft
  • Oil Change Pump Fixed in Engine Compartment



  • 55 gal Main Tank
  • 23 gal Auxillary Tank
  • 15 gal in Jerry Cans on Deck in Canvas Covers
  • Two Racor Filters
  • Fuel Polishing Pump and Manifold


  • Completely REWIRED to meet or exceed ABYC Standard 2013
  • Inverter/ Charger Magnum 2812 125amp Charger/ 2800 Watt Inverter Factory Overhauled 2021
  • 800ah Lifeline AGM House Batteries 2019
  • Group 24 AGM Start Battery 2021
  • Balmar 110amp Alternator with External Regulator (2 spares included)
  • All lighting LED or Fluorescent
  • Two 30amp Receptacles, 4 Shore Power Cords with Adapters
  • 470 Watt Solar with Morningstar MPT Controller
  • Superwind 350 Ultra Quiet Wind Gen 2 Electric Bilge Pumps on Separate Float Switches
  • Yandina Galvanic Isolator

 Heating and A/C

  • Cruisair 16k BTU Reverse Cycle in Salon
  • Cruisair 6k BTU Reverse Cycle in Aft Stateroom
  • 4 Bomar Hatches with Screens and Privacy Covers
  • 6 New Found Metals Hatches with Screens and Privacy
  • 2 Stainless Steel Dorade Vents in Main Cabin
  • 6 Caframo 12V Fans
  • Aux Heat: West Marine 1500W Heater with Freeze Protection
And More Equipment

Safety Equipment

  • 4 Fire Extinguishers 2020
  • Flare Gun 2020
  • 2 Offshore Inflatable PFDs with Harnesses
  • 5 Additional PFDs
  • Jack Lines, Harnesses, and Tethers
  • Lifesling MOB System
  • Manual Bilge Pump
  • 2 Electric Bilge Pumps
  • High Water Alarm
  • Radar Reflector on Permanent Mount
  • Custom Aluminum Security Gates for Companionway Hatches
  • Steiner Binoculars
  • Emergency Tiller


  • 5 Gallon Bucket with Lid and Seat (just in case)
  • Sanitation Hoses New in 2013
  • Forward Head: Raritan PH11 with Electroscan System
  • Aft Head: Raritan PH11 with 30gal Holding Tank
  • Whale Holding Tank Pump-out Pump

Too Many Spares to List (but we'll work on it)

Water System

  • Entire Boat Re-Plumbed with PEC and Shark Bite Fittings 2018
  • 2 60gal Integral Water Tanks
  • Spectra Newport Water Maker 14gal per Hour Fully Automatic
  • Jabsco Pressure Pump with Spare
  • Isotemp 9gal Water Heater 2018
  • Water Filtration, Seagull Virus Level Filter System in Galley
  • All New Faucets 2018
  • Deck and Anchor Washdown
A Note from the Owners


Gallivant, a Hirsch Gulfstar 45’: Comfort and 1,000-mile range even if it’s not windy.


It all started because of a kitty. Don and Maryann, the former owners of s/v Gallivant—a 1987 Gulfstar 45 also owned a Bengal kitten called Kai. They needed a kitty-sitter aboard their boat (s/v Straight from the Heart) and I signed up for the job. We bonded over Kai and remained in touch. Their name for the boat was appropriate—Maryann hired Don for crew, and he never left. They spent 15 years and over time $250K making Straight from the Heart* their ideal cruising and live-aboard home. While they only cruised Heart through the Caribbean and up and down the east coast, Gulfstars have proven themselves worthy of circumnavigation (in No More Mondays, a Gulfstar 50 survived some crazy conditions). In 2013 a lightning bolt strike very near Heart prompted Don and Maryann to replace their entire electrical and plumbing system and all electronics).


Don and Maryann knew we were once again shopping for sailboat when they decided they wanted to purchase a trawler. Ironically, we just sold our trawler on the West Coast because it made more sense to buy a boat on the east coast than to sail or truck it there.


We knew Don and Maryann made extensive and thoughtful upgrades and were diligent about their maintenance.


*Don and Maryann wanted to take the Heart name with them to their next boat, so we renamed her Gallivant, though you will see some items aboard Gallivant, such as the AIS still identified as Str8fromthe Heart.


We left immediately after buying Gallivant for the Bahamas because we knew the boat was well maintained enough that we could (and we paid for a very thorough inspection before purchase). We intended to do a bottom job along with our inspection haul out, but at the last minute, Green Cove Springs’ larger Travel Lift broke, so they were unable to put us on their stands. We planned to do the bottom job on a haul out this summer but decided instead we want to return to a powerboat, this time, something trailer-able for shorter outings on the US East Coast.


Gulfstars are performance sailboats originally designed for the charter trade, with two cabins, each with a door that can be closed for privacy as well as a bathroom (head) for each cabin. There’s an ample cockpit to enjoy sundowners and meals al fresco, and a well-designed galley with a massive refrigerator and freezer. The built-in storage allows even liveaboards more than enough space for everything, more than enough for long cruise provisioning, tools and spares and there’s additional dry sealed storage under every floorboard. Because Gulfstars were built in Florida, they opted for a 64’ mast, short enough to make it under Florida’s many non-lift bridges.


Gallivant is the very last Gulfstar Hirsh 45 built; one of only 30, though Gulfstar made more 44s. Vince Lazarra, Gulfstar’s founder, went on to build Lazarra luxury powerboats.


Between the main, auxiliary and 3 5-gallon fuel jerry jugs, Gallivant’s reliable 2008 54-horse Yanmar motor with only 1255 engine hours, you can travel 1,000 miles even if there’s no wind.


We’ve boated since 2009 and are grateful for the many kindnesses we’ve received from the boating community. Our philosophy is to pay it forward. If you have questions about the boat, cruising or living aboard, or you’re more mechanically-oriented, ask away! Wayne is a retired journeyman aircraft mechanic, so if he doesn’t know the answer, he can figure it out.


Elegance, comfort, and performance . . . Gulfstars and Gallivant will take you where you want to go. Where are you dreaming of?


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.


Chip Cramer

512-560-2965     Chip@sjyachts.com     Stuart, Florida


Broker with S&J Yachts in Stuart Florida

I have always enjoyed buying and selling boats, and it was always important that the people buying these boats were getting into a boat that would work well for them and provide all the joy that boating can.

As a professional broker, the care and guidance of buyers and sellers alike has remained paramount to my business. In the beginning we start out as trusted partners in a buying or selling process, but by the end we typically consider ourselves friends. I will be looking forward to helping you fulfill your boating dreams whether it is buying, selling, or just talking about boats and this amazing lifestyle.

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