About our Boat

Honu Specifications

Fun Yacht Charters and Adventures on the St Lucie River,
Intracoastal Waterway, Jupiter Inlet and the Palm Beaches

Kid friendly, Dog friendly, and just plain fun!

1972 36' Gulfstar

Local Charters & Cruises

Honu has an amazing amount of room on a small footprint. With 2 full cabins, 2 heads and a full galley, including the salon pullout queen, Honu can accommodate 7-8 guests in overnight comfort.

When Honu was built in 1972, she did not come with air conditioning. During our refit, we added 2 brand new air conditioners that keep the inside cool during those hot Florida or Bahamas afternoons.

The Honu was originally outfitted with an Onan generator from the 1970’s. Since it had fallen into disrepair, one of our first projects was to remove the old genny and add a newly rebuild Northern Lights 6.5kw generator that powers the entire boat while away from the dock.

There are 3 great lounging areas on the outside of Honu. 1) on the foredeck where you have an unfettered view of the world. 2) on the flybridge where all of the controls are located; and finally 3) on the aft deck where there are 2 places to lounge, cook or mingle.

Honu is a well appointed boat and we look forward to having you aboard to enjoy all of her comforts.

Honu is Hawaiian for “Green Sea Turtle”. When we picked up our old gal from our friends, they had always wanted to name the boat “Honu”. After health issues wouldn’t allow them to continue to rehab the project, they decided we would be good caretakers of their special boat. We felt it only fitting to honor their name by renaming “Sintax” (owned by a priest and his wife) to the name our friends had always hoped would adorn the transom. Considering Green Turtle in the Abacos was always a favorite destination of ours, we knew the name would be perfect.

 

1972
Year Built

Vince Lazzara, one of pioneers of fiberglass sailboat construction, founded  Gulfstar Yachts in 1970. They were a large manufacturer of fiberglass sailboats and powerboats built in the Tampa Bay, Florida area until Viking Yachts purchased their assets in 1990.

2,000+
Hours to Restore

While Honu was cared for her entire life, she was in desperate need of major upgrades. New generator, new tanks, new hoses, rewiring throughout, new air conditioners, new gauges and a fresh coat of paint was just the beginning. With more than 2,000 hours of improvements she is better than new now.

2.5
Years to Restore

Honu was in Cape May, NJ and brought to Stuart, FL in the fall of 2016. Starting from the moment we completed our journey, we dug into the restoration project. After removing the old generator and pulling the engine we had unfettered access to all of the below-deck systems.

Project Pictures

Engine Room Rehab Photos

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Repainting Hull Repair Photos

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Add Air Conditioners & Replace Water Tank Photos

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Galley (Kitchen) Project Photos

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Aft Cabin Photos

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Misc Project Photos

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The Original 1972 Gulfstar Brochure

As read in the brochure…

Built on the sea-proven hull form of the Gulfstar 36 motor sailer, this American-made, all fiberglass boat, is the world’s first keel-ballased diesel motor yacht. Her lead ballast and long keel prevent excessive rolling in heavier seas to give you a sea-kindly, more level ride than a conventional power boat or trawler yacht of comparable size and speed.

Christening of Honu (formerly known as Sintax)

On October 28th, 2017, we had finally come far enough on the restoration process to remove the name and rename our new boat. Here are the words we used to Christen the Honu…
In the name of all who have sailed aboard this ship in the past, and in the name of all who may sail aboard her in the future, we invoke the ancient gods of the wind and the sea to favor us with their blessing today. We submit this supplication, that the name whereby this vessel has been known (SINTAX), be struck and removed from your records. Further, we ask that when she is again presented for blessing with another name (HONU), she shall be recognized and shall be accorded once again the selfsame privileges she previously enjoyed. Ask guests to raise their glasses when you do and say, In return for which, we rededicate this vessel to your domain in full knowledge that she shall be subject as always to the immutable laws of the gods of the wind and the sea. I now Christen thee, HONU! Pour a bottle of wine or champagne over the bow of the boat. Lay the branch of leaves on the deck of the boat to ensure her many safe returns.