• 60'
  • 1986
  • St Simons Is., Georgia, United States
  • $289,500


CELEBRATION is the best equipped and maintained Gulfstar 60 currently on the market.

She was formerly owned by the author of the well-regarded book "Outfitting the Offshore Cruising Sailboat", which features this robust sailing vessel throughout its pages.   Her current owners bought her with the intention of cruising but family commitments have postponed their cruising plans.   Meanwhile, they have meticulously maintained and upgraded this vessel as their second home, spending a great deal of time aboard.   The complete list of approximately $100,000 in upgrades is substantial.  

The highly-desired Mark II layout features four separate cabins and three heads with plenty of room to cruise in comfort and safety.  A powerful sailing vessel capable of reaching 12 kts under sail.   All lines are led to the large, well-protected protected center cockpit, with electric winches and beefy in-mast furling making sailing easy for a cruising couple.   Celebration was also hauled in Jan 2014.  As typical of the professional level of maintenance the current owners apply to all her upgrades, the bottom was completely sand blasted and three coats of Interlux 2000 barrier epoxy were applied along with 2 coats of Pettit Trinidad SR.   Inside and out, her extensive list of equipment and backup systems make CELEBRATION the perfect cruising boat ready for her next adventure. If you are looking for a turn-key boat ready to cruise, CELEBRATION is a must-see! 

Take a close look at the listing to truly appreciate the equipment and care that went into this a serious offshore yacht.  Some highlights include: 

  • Extremely well-equipped with redundant systems for ocean cruising
  • Strong hull, rudder and rig
  • All sails can be deployed or furled from the cockpit with electric winches
  • In-mast furling with new motor
  • Gale proof, dry cockpit enclosure – New 2016
  • Tremendous storage. Can keep the crew supplied for three or more months.
  • Large galley;  lots of counter space
  • Spacious engine room


  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: GULFSTAR
  • Category: Center Cockpit
  • Model: MK II
  • Model Year: 1986
  • YearBuilt: 1986
  • Year Refit: 2013
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: United States
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: 692769/Onalaska, WI
  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: No
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 4/7 - Crew R/B/S: 0/0/0
  • LOA: 60' 0" (18.29m)
  • LWL: 48' 4" (14.73m)
  • LOD: --
  • Beam: 16' 0" (4.88m)
  • Min Draft: 6' 0" (1.83m)
  • Max Draft: --
  • Clearance: --
  • MFG Length: --
  • Cruise Speed: --
  • Cruise Speed RPM: --
  • Cruise Speed Range: --
  • Max Speed: --
  • Max Speed RPM: --
  • Max Speed Range: --
  • Displacement: 60,200 Pounds
  • Gross Tonnage: --
  • Water Capacity: 250 Gallons
  • Holding Tank: 72 Gallons
  • Fuel Capacity: 330 Gallons
  • Fuel Consumption: --
  • Berths: 6
  • Heads: 3
  • Sleeps: 7
  • State Rooms: 4
  • Crew Berths: N/A
  • Crew Sleeps: N/A
  • Crew Heads: N/A
  • Captains Quarters: No
  • Hull ID: GFS60024H586
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Deck Material: Fiberglass
  • Hull Configuration: N/A
  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: Richard C Lazzara
  • Hull Color: Blue
  • Hull Finish: Awlgrip
  • Exterior Designer: N/A
  • Interior Designer: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Perkins
  • Model: 6-354
  • Engine Count: Single
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel


Below, port and starboard lexan windows fill the spacious salon with lots of natural light making the high quality teak interior glow.    The nav station is immediately to starboard of the companionway steps, facing outboard with swivel chair. The crew cabin with comfortable double is just aft of the nav station, and features a complete library of ships manuals and organized records. The main salon is well laid out, with dining table to port featuring wrap around seating for at least 6 and a separate pull up settee for additional seating.  To starboard is a large L-shaped settee for additional seating in the salon. The galley is just aft of the salon to port, with large double sink, lots of counter space and ample refrigerator and freezer. The galley counter extends back in the passage way to the owners’ cabin. Before the owners’ cabin entrance there is a head to starboard with stand-alone shower that allows access to the crew cabin as well.  The large centerline queen with tons of storage and hanging space provide a true owners’ escape. An aft transom-style window spans the width of the cabin, allowing for plenty natural light.  A large ensuite head with separate shower/tub completes the owners’ cabin.   Forward of the main salon are identical port and starboard cabins with over/under bunks.  These two cabins share the forward head.  Each cabin has its own entry door into the head with a very spacious separate shower.   

The ventilated and well-lit engine room features stand up entry under the cockpit with great access for all servicing.  There is a large sail locker forward and a roomy, full width lazarette aft providing great storage space.  There is also lots of additional storage under the cabin soles.



The long L-shaped galley is located aft of the salon with 14’ of counter space. Galley counters were redone in 2000.

  • New galley flooring (2014)
  • Force 10 gimbaled 4-burner stove w/oven auto start propane (2008)
  • 10 cu. ft. freezer
  • 12 cu. ft. refrigerator
  • ½ hp Grunert compressor (2008) with 2 holding plates in freezer, 1 in refrigerator (2 hrs. run time freezers plates for 24 hrs. in tropics)
  • Double fiberglass 12” deep sinks with new faucet (2012)
  • New microwave and surrounding cabinet (2014)
  • Outboard food storage cabinets – 8’
  • Floor to ceiling food storage locker (3’x4’x6’ high)
  • Pressure hot & cold water at galley sink
  • Pressure salt water at galley sink
  • Manual fresh water pump
  • Complete set of kitchen utensils, pots and pans, etc.


At helm, on deck

  • Garmin 10" GPS chartplotter (2012) with North America and Caribbean chips 
  • Raymarine 7000 Autopilot w/type 3 drive linear hydraulic (2010)
  • AIS VHF - Standard Horizon (2012)
  • ICOM 48-mile open array color radar (2006)
  • Plastimo 6” compass (2006)
  • Ray T-60 Instruments: Wind, speed, depth (2006)
  • Ritchie 6” compass
  • 12 v. outlets


  1. Cockpit and Nav Station chart table instruments are redundant.
  2. Custom instrument cluster at cockpit helm
  3. Instrument repeaters also found in the owner’s cabin

 Electronics, Navigation Station Below

  • Standard Horizon 10" GPS plotter w/North American and Caribbean chips (2006)
  • Furuno GPS
  • ICOM 810 SSB (2006)
  • ICOM VHF w/DSC (2012)
  • Raymarine T-60 Depthfinder (2006)
  • Raymarine 7000 Autopilot (2010)
  • Sony CD (2008)
  • Clock, temperature and barometer instruments
  • Night lighting
  • Portable VHF
  • Compass
  • Searchlight

Electrical Equipment

Electrical system is 12 volt DC and 110 volt/220 volt AC.

  • 8 kw Maspower generator w/ Yanmar engine, (2008) w/400 hrs.
  • Genset mounted on shelf in engine room and fitted with Racor filters, electric fuel pump.
  • There are complete diagnostic service and parts manuals, and many spare parts for the generator
  • 880 amp hr. battery banks (AMG 2011)
  • 12v. distribution panel in engine room
  • 110v and 12v Main circuit breaker panel with digital electronic amp and voltage gauges
  • 12v AND 110v receptacles at distribution panel and all cabins
  • 2000 watt Heart inverter w/125 amp charger
  • Xantrex 40 amp battery charger (2012)
  • 50 amp cord
  • 12 v. fans in all cabins
  • Low voltage ceiling and wall lights in all cabins (2006)
  • Battery and heavy duty 12 volt cables replaced (2006)
  • Most 12 volt wire and cable replaced
  • Spare breakers, bulbs, solenoids, etc.
  • Battery distribution buses (2)

Engine and Mechanical

Celebration has an unusually complete, readily accessible, roomy, well lit and ventilated stand-up engine room with redundant systems and equipment. Everything completely rewired and re-plumbed. All sides of the engine and generator are readily accessible for maintenance.

  • Perkins 6-354 135hp natural diesel 6 cylinder, 2000 hrs., recent service and 2004 in-frame rebuild
  • New injectors, pressure lines rebuilt starter, alternator, new custom exhaust manifold, fuel filter assemblies, electric fuel pumps, new bilge pumps and hoses. (2007)
  • All engine room wiring replaced (2007-2009)
  • Transmission replaced, new prop (2006)
  • Complete new engine wiring harness and gauges, 160 amp Bosch alternator, new salt water and custom oil cooler, rebuilt starter (2009-2011)
  • Shaft, new spurs, new shaft log (2011)
  • Port and starboard independent central air systems (Cruisair), each 16,000 BTU, completely rebuilt by Merrill Stevens (2006
  • 600 gpd Little Wonder Watermaker (2009)
  • 12 gallon Isotherm stainless hot water heater (2009)
  • Bilge alarm (2011)
  • Emergency 3000 gph 110 stainless bilge pump (2007)
  • Ventilation:  4 intake/exhaust 4” fans with control panel (2011)
  • Battery and genset switches
  • Reverso oil removal pump system for engine/genset. New 2007, rebuilt 2011
  • Spare oil removal pump system (2011)
  • Soundown lead foam insulation throughout entire engine room (2012)
  • Halon fire control system w/external switch 
  • Large manual fire extinguishers and smoke/CO2 detectors
  • Engine and genset alarms
  • Racor 800 and 500 fuel filters (2007)
  • Electric fuel pumps for engine and genset (2007)
  • A/C pump (2011)
  • Refrigerator/reefer pump (2011)
  • Fresh water pressure pump (2012)
  • Salt water and pressure water emergency fire hoses (2010)
  • 110v portable air compressor
  • 110v portable pressure washer

 Bilge Pumps

  • 3000 gph emergency 110 v. S/S pump (2006)
  • 3 Rule 3500 bilge pumps w/auto switches (2010)
  • 1 Rule 2000 pump w/switch for engine sump (2010)
  • 1 manual pump
  • Emergency 12v. raw water intake pump for engine/genset
  • Bilge pumps capable of removing 13,000 gph. All drains within boat (except galley sink) lead to separate sumps so bilge remains dry.

 Pressure Water System

  • New water system hoses throughout (2010)
  • 12 v. with 12 gal. Isotherm SS tank (2010) and engine heater circuit
  • Hot & cold pressure water at galley, 3 heads, 3 showers, aft deck
  • Pressure saltwater at galley, mid-ship head, bow
  • Manual pumps at galley and mid-ships head
  • Pressure water at stern, engine room
  • Fresh and salt water fire hoses in engine room


There are 3 separate heads, each with separate showers. The master cabin head has a Vacuflush toilet (new 2013), shower/tub and exhaust fan. The midship head has a Vacuflush toilet (new 2013) and exhaust fan.  Both Vacuflush systems are completely independent. The forward head is a Jabsco electric head.  A new electric motor was installed in 2013.  There are two 30-gallon fiberglass holding tanks. Each has a Y valve.

Note: There are numerous spare Vacuflush and Jabsco parts.


Celebration is extensively outfitted for living aboard and ocean voyaging with a large supply of spares for most electric motors/pumps, engine, rigging components, spare autopilot parts, propeller, engine shaft, electric components, water maker, etc. Numerous filters for both engine and generator. Numerous backup systems on board.

Hull and Deck

  • Celebration was hauled in 2014. The bottom was sand blasted and three coats of Interlux 2000 barrier epoxy were applied along with 2 coats of Pettit Trinidad SR. The bottom is in excellent shape. All seacocks were checked.
  • New salon Lexan windows installed in salon and master stateroom  (2014)
  • Fiberglass decks and cabin top areas. Large sail/equipment storage compartment at bow accessed from deck.
  • Deck repainted with Awlgrip  (2011)
  • Hull painted with Awlgrip (2005)
  • Edson console, s/s. destroyer wheel w/braided cover; entire steering system rebuilt in 2011 w/spare chain/cable
  • Emergency steering gear system with tiller arm attached to rudder post
  • Raymarine Type 3 Linear Hydraulic (2011) w/spare computer and pump motors; dual controls at helm and navigation station
  • Ideal BH5 vertical windlass (rebuilt transmission w/new motor) 3500 lb. plus rebuilt spare windlass motor
  • 110 lb. Bruce anchor w/400' 3/8" hi-test chain (US) (2010)
  • 60 lb. Bruce anchor w/200' 3/8" hi-test chain (US) (2010)
  • Spare anchor and rodes
  • Double S.S. anchor roller at bow
  • 13'8" Caribe RIB (1999) on chocks forward of mast
  • 25hp Yamaha 2 stroke 2006 with custom cover and accessories
  • Aft deck mounted poles for 72 and 48 mile radars
  • Custom SS diving ladder at stern
  • Custom SS boarding ladder at stern
  • Custom mid-ships SS boarding ladder (2006)
  • 3 S/S dorades, 5 S/S mushroom vents, 2 other ventilators
  • 7 Bomar hatches, cast aluminum with guards and canvas covers
  • 3 Lazarette lockers
  • Considerable inventory of dock lines and spare halyards
  • 4 fenders 12"x35" with Polar Fleece covers
  • 2 Mega fenders
  • Set of large fender boards
  • SS bow and stern pulpits and double lifelines w/2 mid-ship gates
  • Propane barbecue on stern rail
  • Outboard motor mounts on stern rail
  • 8 deck cleats
  • Flagpole
  • 20 lb propane tank in locker


  • Custom fully enclosed gale proof reinforced cockpit enclosure with heavy-duty stainless steel poles/mounts and covers (2012)
  • Center cockpit seats 10
  • Cockpit table with extension
  • All sails can be set and furled from the cockpit using electric winches

Sails and Rigging

  • Hood Stoway electric furling main mast.  Furling motor replaced 2013 by Thunderbolt Marina.
  • Double headsail with furling jib, staysail and mainsail (electric)
  • Profurl roller furling headstay.
  • Hood roller furling on inner stay (oversized)
  • All rigging replaced (2007)
  • Upper/lower rigging wire (2007)
  • Chromed bronze turnbuckles (2007) with toggles
  • Staylock terminals throughout (2007)

The following work was done on the mast in 2009

  • Mast disassembled, rebuilt and refinished.
  • Entire rig disassembled of all components and taken down to bare metal, primed and Awlgripped (2 coats)
  • Replaced all mast wiring including 2 VHF antenna coax cables and antennas (mast has 2 electrical conduits. Replaced all mast electrical fittings (spreader lights, steaming light, deck and flood light) and added a tricolor at masthead
  • Refinished mast step
  • Replaced 2 masthead spinnaker blocks and shackles
  • Added 2 masthead spare halyard blocks and shackles
  • New custom mast collar installed
  • Forespar solid boom vang added
  • Machined new gooseneck from solid aluminum
  • Installed Harken Big Boat mainsail traveler (8’)
  • Traveler mounted on a custom s/s plate (1/2” thick by 6” wide) with doubler below
  • Complete rebuild of Hood mainsail furling system (new bearing block, furler, rod, electric motor, etc.). Schaefer round 3000 furler used to replace original Hood furler (suitable for up to 90’ luffs). Running backstays port/starboard fitted
  • New furler motor (2013)
  • Deck turning blocks fitted
  • Spinnaker sally, blocks, fitting and sheets fitted
  • 4 spare halyards fitted: genoa, 3rd spinnaker, and 2 mainsail
  • All halyards fitted with new stainless snap shackles/thimbles
  • Mast winches mounted on custom aluminum forgings
  • All mast fittings through bolted (no screws or rivets used)
  • All blocks Lewmar No 5 Ocean Service rated or better
  • All sheets and halyards are extra long so Barient electric cockpit winches can operate any sheet or halyard
  • Manual override for mainsail furler in unlikely motor failure
  • Aft shroud fitted with insulators for SSB antenna
  • Genoa and staysail tracks
  • 1 Genoa halyard
  • 1 spare Genoa halyard
  • 1 staysail halyard
  • 3 spinnaker halyards
  • 3 mainsail halyards


  • All sails can be set and furled from the cockpit using electric winches
  • Note: All sails in excellent condition and designed for extended ocean service
  • Mainsail: Neil Pryde 10 oz. heavy trade winds construction; triple-stitched with cover, (2009); cover re-stitched (2011)
  • Genoa 130%; Thurston (RI)/Quantum, 9 oz with cover, triple stitched, (2009), cover re-stitched, (2011)
  • 100% Genoa spare: 10 oz. triple stitched with cover, Hood
  • Staysail: Arrow 10 ounce with cover; extra heavy reinforcement, triple stitched; designed to be used as storm sail
  • Cruising MPS Spinnaker: Hood, with spinnaker sally



  • 2 large Lewmar 2 speed winches
  • 4 Lewmar clutches
  • Numerous aluminum cleats


  • Two 2-speed Lewmars for staysail,
  • One 2-speed Barient for mainsail furler,
  • Two Barient #36 electric two speed self tailing primary winches for genoa,
  • One 2-speed Barient for mainsheet

12 winch handles


  • Sunbrella blue cockpit cushions (fitted)
  • Canvas covers for hatches, pedestal, winches, etc.


  • Avon 6 man Ocean Pack (certification ended 8/2012)
  • CAT 1 EPIRB on stbd. aft radar pole
  • CAT 2 EPIRB mounted inside cockpit
  • 6 Solas type-1 life vests w/lights and whistle 
  • MOB ring buoys w/MOB strobe lights
  • MOB pole with strobe light
  • Rocket and smoke flares, AIS (2012), SSB, 2 VHF w/DISC
  • Halon engine room fire extinguishing system w/remote
  • Smoke detectors in engine room, aft cabin, salon
  • 20 BC large fire extinguishers for galley, salon and engine room
  • Fire extinguishers in all cabins
  • Saltwater and freshwater emergency fire hoses in engine room

Upgrades & Maintenance

 2013 retrofit:

  • New main sail furling motor installed by Thunderbolt Marina. They also did a complete rig inspection and stated that all appeared in excellent condition.
  • Re-bedded all deck fitting
  • Replaced both VacuFlush toilets with new Sealand model 506 toilets.
  • New aft and forward shower faucets. New sink faucet in forward head.
  • Replaced forward head flooring with new mahogany subfloor fiberglass over. Very strong. 
  • Forward head: replaced all water lines and gray water drain hoses. All  bilge and exposed hull was cleaned and painted. 
  • Aft head – refurbished shower walls (prepped and painted) and floor within shower and in from of head. Reinforced the fiberglass floors and new paint
  • Replaced subflooring and teak in galley next to refrigerator/freezer. Very strong.
  • Main engine: Replaced seawater hose to engine, replaced gasket on back end of engine, replaced hose clamps as needed, replace in and out valves on engine to hot water tank.
  • Corrected polarity of various outlets.
  • Pulled all bilge pumps and cleaned and verified operation.
  • Replaced various hose clamps as required
  • Refurbished aft and salon hatches. Taken to bare metal and painted with new Bomar 9/16 gasket.
  • Installed new aft window (Lexan) in master stateroom.  
  • Memory foam master stateroom queen sized mattress
  • New carpets and interior soft goods.
  • Fresh varnish and Sikkens Cetol on all exterior wood.
  • Hull was buffed and waxed.
  • Chain and line locker: All chain and line was removed. Lockers were cleaned and painted. Also confirmed drain and lumber holes were clear.
  • Cleaned and painted aft lazarette.
  • Cleaned and painted main salon bilge
  • New dinghy cover
  • Cleaned and painted dinghy floor


  • Celebration was hauled. The bottom was sand blasted and three coasts of Interlux 2000 barrier epoxy was applied along with 2 coats of Pettit Trinidad SR. The bottom is in excellent shape!  All seacocks were checked.
  • New salon Lexan windows were installed both port and starboard
  • New galley flooring
  • New microwave and surrounding teak cabinet.


  • Two new Sealand VacuFlush pumps installed
  • All fire extinguishers and Halon system recertified
  • New Xantrex 40amp battery charger


  • All new cockpit enclosure:Dodger, bimini and strataglass,including dodger cover and stow-away hanging system for when strataglass panels are not in use.
  • New Magna propane grill
  • Exterior Wood Maintenance



Celebration is hull #24 of 25 of the Gulfstar 60 series, one of the most popular blue water sailing cruisers ever built. She is a Mark II version, which contains many improvements over the Mark I with regard to the layout. She is a wonderful sailing boat with a spacious cockpit and a high quality teak interior below. Celebration is equipped and ready for serious ocean cruising.

A previous owner of Celebration was the author of the well-regarded book "Outfitting the Offshore Cruising Sailboat". She has been specifically outfitted and equipped for extended ocean voyaging. Celebration is a powerful sailing vessel capable of reaching 12 knots under sail yet with her balanced rig she can be sailed by a couple. Not many boats in this price category have the systems and redundancy of systems that she has. The recent upgrades have put Celebration in tip top condition. She is truly ready to go cruising.  She is a MUST SEE for the serious Cruising Sailor.


All personal items are excluded.