"Manticore" is hull number 13 of 19 Custom Hood 40's made by Gulfstar between 1977 and 1978. She is a true blue water cruiser, complete with a cockpit table which was a gift to the current owner from Ted Hood himself. Ted often remarked that this was one of his favorite yachts he designed.
This exceptional yacht began her life in Santa Cruz, CA as “Windrunner” (1977-2000), then shipped across the country by her current owner to Marblehead, MA and named “Dovetail” (2000-2004), then owned by the Hood family in Marblehead, MA as “Westerly” (2004-2014), and was bought back by the current owner and renamed “Manticore” (2014-present).
She has been actively cruised from the Chesapeake to Maine and consistently cared for with upgrades by some of the finest yacht yards between the Chesapeake and New England. In 2015 she was re-powered with a new Yanmar 4JH and has since also had brand new winches, canvas - including covers for her bright-work, two unique sets of electronics for offshore reliability, a rebuilt rudder, rebuilt centerboard casing and new centerboard cable, rebeded chain plates, new head and holding tank, new seacocks, and all new ports and hatches.
Included aboard this yacht is her feature in Nautical Quarterly, as well as the original advertisement by Ted Hood and the Gulfstar yard. She has a custom-made Fairclough cover and frame, which is designed to accommodate the mast in or out for the winter. The vessel comes with an awning and her new dodger has been designed by Yacht Canvas in Annapolis to attach to a future Bimini.
This is the perfect yacht for anyone who wants a true classic design with the high function of a 3’11” shoal draft to explore any cove between the Chesapeake and the Bahamas. Her center board gives her unmatched stability in any seas. And, her forward facing nav station and full radar visibility from the helm station is ideally situated for the thickest fog.
This yacht will take you anywhere you want to go and will catch the eye of every classic yacht enthusiast along the way.
The Gulfstar 40 designed by Ted Hood is a performance cruiser/racer. It has a very traditional layout and sleeps six in two cabins. The cockpit is over eight feet long and is very roomy.
Beginning at the bow is a forepeak locker which accommodates two anchor rodes. Immediately aft is the forward V-berth (with insert) stateroom which features a hanging locker, several drawers and storage underneath the V-berth. The sides of the hull in this area have individual varnished teak ceiling strips and the forward bulkhead is a contrasting off-white Formica. Moving aft, the head is located to port. It is quite spacious and features a double entry; one to the forward stateroom and one to the main cabin. Opposite the head to starboard are two lockers. Immediately aft is the main cabin which features a large U-shaped dinette to port and opposite to starboard is a pull-out settee berth with a pilot berth above. The table is on the centerline immediately aft of the mast and has two drop leafs which make it quite large when up. Two storage lockers and a bookcase are above and outboard of the dinette. There is also storage underneath the dinette, the pilot berth and the settee berth. Opposite to port of the galley is the nav station. Outboard of the nav station is a quarter berth There is forward facing seat for the Navigator and immediately behind that is the foul weather locker. The electronic panel hangs just below the deck outboard to port. The nav station has good chart storage and four drawers for miscellaneous storage. The engine is located under the cockpit and is accessible by removing the companionway steps.and from either side via the cockpit lockers
Sailboat Design Calculations and Ratios
Sail Area to Displacement - 14.79
Ballast to Displacement - 52.08
Displacement to Length - 317.06
Comfort Ratio - 42.19
Capsize Screening Formula - 1.5
PHRF New England 2020 (sistership)
Base Handicap - 114
Racing Handicap - 120
Cruising Handicap - 135
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