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1981 Gulf Commander 42 – (No Luxury Tax)

1981 Gulf Commander 42 – (No Luxury Tax) boat for sale

Gulf Commander
Model Length:
42 ft
CAD $99,000
Nanaimo, BC
Boat Name:
Crystal Sands
Hull Material:
YW Number:

Crystal Sands

Like many desirable west coast trawlers, the Gulf Commander was designed by Ed Monk Jr. for cruising on the west coast in comfort and safety. Rumour has it that only 3 of the aft cabin 42’s were ever built. They are considered one of the most desirable Gulf Commanders for a couple cruising the northwest because of their thoughtful, spacious layout, combined with a heavy displacement hull making adverse conditions more pleasant for everyone on board.

The Crystal Sands has a solid fiberglass hull, a heavy, full keel and dependable Perkins twin diesel engines for efficient cruising. At home anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, this two-cabin cruiser is in very good shape for her age. Cruising around the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound or headed to Alaska, the Gulf Commander is purpose-built for the environment. The layout is functional with a large aft cabin and forward bunks, both with separate heads for great separation and privacy.

The moorage is assumable with management approval at the Fairwinds Marina in Schooner Cove.

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42 ft
Beam Measure:
13ft 6"
34,000 lbs
Number of Heads:
Number of Cabins:
Number of single berths:
Number of double berths:
Fuel Tanks#:
Fuel Tanks Capacity:
250 Gallon
Fuel Tank Material:
Fresh Water Tanks#:
Fresh Water Tanks Capacity:
200 Gallon
Fresh Water Tank Material:
Holding Tanks#:
Holding Tanks Capacity:
20 Gallon
Holding Tank Material:


Engine #1

Inboard Direct Drive 135hp
Fuel Type:

Engine #2

Fuel Type:


  • Stepping aboard onto the swim grid and through the transom door, you will find the large cockpit with storage. You can walk along each side deck forward to either the port or starboard entry door. Once in the main salon you will find a comfortable space for relaxing at anchor or entertaining friends and family.
  • Forward to starboard is the lower helm station and two steps down to port is the very well laid out galley. It is not down far enough to be away from the salon, just enough to keep it separate. Across from the galley is the full forward head with a shower and electric marine toilet.
  • Forward again is the guest stateroom with split bunk vee berth, drawers and hanging closets.
  • Aft of the main salon and two steps down is the wide master stateroom with a center line island double berth. There are plenty of drawers and closet space. A full head with a separate shower stall and electric marine toilet is on the port side.
  • Three steps up from the aft salon puts you on the aft deck where you can place chairs and tables for outdoor dining.  Another step up takes you to the large flybridge which has great all-around visibility and is covered by a nice bimini for shade and plenty to bench seating. The fore deck is clean and uncluttered providing an easy-to-work space when docking.

Hull and Deck

Gulf Commanders were designed by Ed Monk Jr and manufactured in the lower mainland of British Columbia. Designed and built for cruising the west coast.

The hull is hand-laid fiberglass that is solid and strong with a full-length keel, protruding below props and rudders for protection. The superstructure is glass over marine-grade plywood. All windows are aluminum framed by Diamond Sea Glaze. There are rub rails at the corners, bronze through hulls and stainless steel vents. The decks are moulded Non Skid -no teak to worry about. Blue canvas covers are provided for the flybridge seats, flybridge dash, windlass, and main cabin window covers.

  • Stainless bow rail on the fore deck
  • Teak capped side rails and bulwarks capping
  • Stainless rail on the aft deck
  • Grab rails on cabin sides
  • Bomar Hatches fore deck and aft cabin
  • Mast spreader light
  • Courtesy Deck Lights
  • 10’6′” Avon Rover Rib 310 Tender with Mercury 15 HP 4 Stroke, console seating and GPS (tubes require replacing)
  • Ocean Marine S/S Davit System with a Power Windlass
  • Spare CQR Chrome 35 lb Anchor with
  • Ideal Power windlass
  • Fortress anchor with 300ft Triple B Chain
  • 12V salt water washdown pump on fore deck
  • Two 24″ white life rings
  • Fender Stowage System
  • Dickinson S/S BBQ
  • Two swivel pilot chairs on flybridge

Engine Room and Systems

Engine room access is through several convenient hatches in the main salon. The room is well laid out with all systems easy to reach and work on if needed. It is overall well-lit and ventilated.

  • Some cruising information
  • 8 KTS at 1600 RPM 4 GPH both engines
  • 10 KTS at 2000 RPM 6 GPH
  • 12 KTS at 2400 RPM 8 GPH
  • Twin Perkins 633544m 6 cylinder
  • Heat exchanger cooled
  • Borg-Warner Velvet Drive Gears 2.5:1 Ratio
  • 1″3/4″ stainless shafts
  • 24″ Dia 19″ Pitch 4 blade props
  • Stainless Steel struts
  • Bronze Rudders
  • Espar extra large Model DTL furnace with five outlets
  • Two station Wagner Hydraulic steering
  • Model 550 Auto Pilot
  • Sight gauges on fuel tanks
  • Raycor Filters
  • Morse Manual controls
  • 3 Automatic bilge pumps: engine room, forward, and lazzerette 1500GPH
  • 5LB automatic fire extinguisher for engine room
  • Three 5LB ABC extinguishers


  • Full complement of navigation electronics.
  • Garmin GPSMAP 182c chart plotter
  • Furuno Model: F1351 16 mile Radar
  • Aqua Alarm System
      • raw water flow
      • temp
      • fire
      • smoke
  • Navman 24100 Digital Navmaster
  • Sounders at upper and lower stations
  • ICOM 4025 VHF
  • Standard Horizon VHF
  • Loud Hailer
  • Dual Trumpet S/S horn
  • Two 5″ compass upper and lower
  • Standard engine guages upper and lower helms
  • Three Stainless windshield wipers
  • Wagner Auto Pilot Dual Station
  • Full Stereo System
  • Defrost fans
  • Rudder angle indicators
  • 7″ solid Brass Ships Clock and Barometer
  • Toshiba 13″ 120V DVD and TV in the owners stateroom


  • Plenty of space for cooking and everything you need close at hand.
  • Double stainless steel sink
  • Princess 3 burner electric stove and oven
  • Stainless steel carousel microwave
  • Whirlpool Garbage compactor
  • Norcold fridge freezer 12V DC
  • Plenty of lockers above and below the counter
  • More storage below the deck
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • 200 Gallon aluminum water tank
  • 12 Gallon hot water tank heated by 110V or off the heat exchanger


  • Onan 7.5 KW fresh water cooled genset in Lazzerett
  • 110V A/C system with master switch and 30AMP breaker panel with AC Amp meter AC Voltmeter
  • 30AMP 50 FT Shore cord
  • 6 X 6 volt HD Golf Cart House Batteries
  • 1 8D HD 12 volt Syarter Battery
  • 12 Volt starter for gen set
  • Xantrex Prow WATT 1750 Inverter
  • Link 10 X Xantrex Panel
  • Xantrex Tru Charge 40 AMP Charger
  • Heavy duty 12 volt alternator on mains. Primary charging off the starboard engine.
  • All systems bonded
  • 110V receptacles in all cabins


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

1981 Gulf Commander 42 – (No Luxury Tax)

1981 Gulf Commander 42 – (No Luxury Tax)