Originally Posted by wflyachts
I found this thread while searching and thought I would add my personal experience with these boats. Gulfstream was a semi custom builder, actually several different builders I believe, that operated out of Miami and Jupitor area in the mid 80's through mid 90's. I owned a 1990 Classic 26 which was a deep vee hull originally made as a ciggarette hull and then a Cary. They were better known for their Morgan Gulfstreams in 24 and 30, These were morgan hulls from Naples which they purchased and finished as inboard Sportfisherman. They were very popular in the Boca Grande Tarpon fleet and known for there ruggedness. They all had teak decks with sailfish inlays and lots of teak trim. They also built some deep vee 33,s that I was told were a Chris Craft Hull. They would buy the hulls to their specs from Morgan Cary or whoever and then custom finish for their customers. I met one of the builders at the F.L. Boat Show on a boat I was working and he told me these things. There were at least three different ownership builders during these years. Fuel tank failures were the norm for these boats due to the deck construction of teak overlay over a plywood cored deck. Other than this issue the boats were well done. My 26 was fit and finish outstanding and with her Arronow designed deep vee an outstanding offshore boat. I will always have a softspot for that Palm Beach Yellow 26 Classic with her twin 150's. a Great Boat and I sell these things for a living.
This guy is right on about the Gulfstreams.
I never knew they did boats other than the two Morgan hulls. John Morgan of the Naples area built many, many hulls and would sell them as just a hull or finished. I built underwater gear for one a good friend finished off on Big Pine Key. He bought two unfinshed 24' hulls which he completed.
The intersting thing I remember is the 24 used 3/4 plywood for the two stringers. A single layer and the ends of the 8' sheet were just butted up agains the next sheet and glassed over. My friend had them put in a double layer of plywood so the butted ends would be staggered every 4 and reenforced by a continous sheet against the butted joint.
I have seen quite a few of the Gulfstream 24. There was one down here that operated as a charter boat. I always viewed then something like putting lipstick on a hog. The Morgan's were very popular among the do it yourself fishermen down here. Never herd of anyone having any real problems.
Crusader boats was also molding the 24' Morgan recently as a classic hull. They were a nice design and had a very wide beam and a fairly flat bottom. My friend put a big block 454 inboard in one and outboard on a bracket on another and sold both of them.
My son currently has a 30' Morgan which he is getting ready to redo for stone crabbing. It is very much like the 24. Basically a big skiff on steroids. Flattens out in the stern. A great shallow water work boat design that was also popular on the Florida west coast for stonecrabbing.