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Parrot Tales is back from a multiyear cruise on the East Coast of the US and the Caribbean. She is equipped with all the requirements for extended cruising and has been through many upgrades and additions in the recent past. Engine and generator both are low hours. The interior has the look of a new boat even after 30 years. Heavy duty upgrades to steering and rudder systems. Functional and heavy duty transom arch.
The Gulfstar 45 is a center cockpit design with a beautiful aft master queen cabin and v-berth forward. Known for their strength and durability, these Gulfstars are solid sailers and great cruisers. Never chartered. Needs to be on your short list!
The layout of Parrot Tales is a classic center cockpit design. The aft master cabin has a large centerline berth with a ensuite head and separate shower. The forward guest cabin is a Vee berth and has a connecting head/shower combination which also opens to the salon. The galley is port of the companionway and has a lot of counter space and storage cubbies. Access to the engine space is also under the cockpit in the galley area. The nav station is to starboard.
The salon has two settees and is divided by a folding table. The settees can be used a berths and the stbd settee actually pulls out to make a double.
Dual a/c units provide heat and cooling to the entire interior. Plus there are Hella 12V cabin fans throughout.
The U-shaped galley has a huge double stainless sink in a counter space under the companionway. The fridge has a large top opening access door in the counter and included freezer section. A 2 burner Galley Maid propane stove/oven complete the galley. For quick meals, a microwave is included.
The engine is located in a great location for access and maintenance under the cockpit and just forward of the aft cabin. It is a reliable Perkins 4-108 and was completely rebuilt in 2001. The rebuild included every replaceable part and a new Hurth transmission, More recently the engine motor mounts were ungraded and replaced in 2009, the heat exchanger was flushed and inspected in 2012, and new Stainless Steel exhaust riser was installed in 2010.
Parrot Tales has several redundant systems to provide power including a NexGen 3KW generator located forward in its own sound shield, a Prosine 3000 inverter, two separate battery charges for the house and start batteries, two 130 Watt solar panels with charge controller, and KISS wind generator. The shore power has been upgraded to handle up to 80 amps. In 2011, the engine alternator was upgraded to a Balmar 120A system.
The 12V system has dedicated batteries for the house, engine and genset. Shore power uses a single 50A cord that supplies 2 separate 110V busses.
On board there are full electronic systems for navigation and communication including Nexus Multi and Nexus Wind displays over the companionway hatch. At the helm is the Autopilot and Chartplotter.
At the nav station below, is a Icom IC M700TY single sideband, Standard Horizon VHF, connections for satellite phone and independent depth display.
There are redundant and separate antennae for most systems.
The highlight of the deck and cockpit is the heavy duty hard bimini and the aluminum transom arch/davits. The bimini has heavy duty stainless struts with canvas dodger, shade panels, and enclosures. The arch serves a dinghy davit, solar panel mount, and antennae mounts. Access ladder mounts at the side gates. Cockpit cushions and Sport-A-Seats compliment the cockpit.
There is also a foredeck shade awning that mounts forward of the mast and is supported by the spinnaker halyard.
The ground tackle is a new Rocna 73lb primary anchor on 200 ft of 3/8" chain. The secondary anchor is a 35lb Delta on 200 ft of chain/rope rode. And as backup anchor, there is a Fortress FX-37 in storage bag with 200 ft of chain/rope rode. There is also a custom anchor snubber/bridle with SS chain hook.
The windlass is a Lofrans 1200W with horizontal gypsyand foot controls that feed the rode directly into the chain locker below.
A life raft is located on the aft deck in a custom SS rack. Last inspection was April, 2015.
The sails and rig are relatively new as they were replaced and/or upgraded in the past 8 years. Main and genoa in 2007. Spinnaker and working jib in 2009. All standing rigging in 2007 and running rigging in 2011. Last year the spars were all stripped and repainted with Awlgrip.
Mainsail is a battened classic main with halyards accessed on the mast mounted winches. It is in a lazy bag with lazy jacks. The main sheet winch is located just aft of the helm for easy single handing.
The furling 130% genoa is controlled by oversized Lewmar 48 winches.
Included in the sail compliment is an asymmetrical spinnaker with sock and a smaller working 90% jib.
Just a few of the upgrades and changes that have been added to Parrot Tales that are not on the standard Hirsh 45 include:
All personal items not directly associated with the boat are excluded, including the clock, barometer, and bell. The 15 hp outboard is also excluded.