Our Boat – Bojangles IV

Bojangles at home port

This is our boat, Bojangles IV, a 1980 Gulfstar 50 ketch that we bought in Sag Harbor, NY in 2006.

Bojangles IV, our home and vessel, is a 1980 Gulfstar 50 ketch that we purchased in 2006 in Sag Harbor, New York.  While the Gulfstar 50 is highly regarded as a bluewater cruising boat, Bojangles was a lightly equipped boat in need of some reasonably significant upgrades in order to become ‘bluewater ready’.

For 3 seasons, we sailed and enjoyed Bojangles on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie but held off on major refit activities until we had a well defined plan of the projects that we wanted to undertake on the boar.  Then, in 2008, when we began to ‘lock in’ to a 2009 departure, we started to tackle some of the projects on the re-fit list.  As the winter of 2008/09 took hold, the 2009 departure became fully locked in and the re-fit began in earnest.

Here’s what we’ve done so far:


  • New saloon cushions and upholstery
  • Dinghy davits
  • Exterior teak refinishing
  • Deck re-coring
  • Non-skid repainting


  • Power supply
    • House battery bank (900Ah)
    • New starting battery
    • 2kw inverter/charger
    • 130W solar panel with MPPT controller
    • Air Breeze wind generator
    • Link 1000 charge controller
    • Balmar high output alternator
  • On board comfort
    • New dodger and bimini
    • New cockpit cushions
    • Eight electric fans
    • Water filtration
  • New electronics
    • Raymarine C-80 plotter
    • Raymarine ST60 instruments (wind, depth, speed)
    • Raymarine 2Kw radome
    • AIS Receiver
  • New navigation station
    • ST60 Multi-display
  • Communications
    • ICOM 802 SSB Radio
    • Pactor modem (with Pactor 3 license)
  • Safety
    • Liferaft
    • 406Mhz Epirb

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