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1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master

  • 31 ft
  • Sloop
  • Indiantown, FL, US

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  • 1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master
  • 1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master
  • 1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master
  • 1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master
  • 1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master
  • 1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master
  • 1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master
  • 1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master
  • 1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master
  • 1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master


1986 Gib-Sea 96 Master
We are pleased to present this 1986 Gib-Sea sloop that has just been added to our fleet of sailing vessels for your consideration. She is in good shape and ready for her next adventure. She is extremely well equipped for exploring the Caribbean and Beyond.
  • MainSail and Cover from Mack Sails (2016)
  • Furling Genoa from Mack Sails (2019) (900 Hrs)
  • Yanmar Engine (2016)
  • 33lb RocnaVulcan Anchor
  • Standard Horizon GPS/AIS at Nav Center
  • Garmin GPS at the Helm (2009)
  • Wheel Mounted Auto Pilot
  • 4 Person Coastal Life Raft
  • Epirb, Battery Signal Flare, Flares and Flare Gun
  • West Marine 9' Tender with Mercury 6 HP Four Stroke Outboard
  • Much, Much, More!
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Basic Information

96 Master
Indiantown, FL, US
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Dimensions & Weight

31 ft - 9.45 meter
31 ft - 9.45 meter
10 ft 8 in - 3.25 meter
Draft - max:
5 ft 6 in - 1.68 meter
Bridge Clearance:
47 ft - 14.33 meter
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21 (Individual), 21 (combined)
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25 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
67 gallons - 1 tank(s)
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Owner's Write up
After living aboard for awhile years and cruising Florida & the Bahamas, I'm selling my 33 sloop-rigged 1986 Gib-Sea 96 Master "Martini". I believe her to be a fine Caribbean boat and Bermuda wouldn't be a problem. She's a fun & forgiving boat to sail, she'll track straight without the autopilot with everything set right. Martini is set up for single-handing and she comes well-equipped with so much key equipment and gear added/upgraded since 2015, I'm going to do my best to list everything, the previous owner as well as myself were meticulous about saving paperwork so there is manual and/or receipts for nearly everything mentioned. She was just put on the hard in Indiantown, Florida.

She's French built strong with a ¾ + solid fiberglass hull, 2 full bulkheads and 2 partial bulkheads. 2-cabin, Master layout with a large aft bunk with a closet and shelf storage, across the beam is an aft head on the other side of the stairs/engine. Galley with new 2017 ENO stove and full nav station across the beam from each other going forward, then a double couch settee with a butterfly table, 33 Gallon SS water tank under each couch and finally a private V-birth with a closet & shelf storage going forward. The 5'8" deep large fin keel and half-skeg-hung rudder make for a responsive boat with good motion. The interior with 6'1" headroom & bunk/settee lengths is immaculate as the previous owner was a woodworking pro and did a wonderful job preserving the interior and replaced the cockpit wood with red oak (Which does currently need a little varnish). I had all the cushions cleaned and the foam replaced in the sleeping cushions in 2019. Bottom layer is closed-cell foam to help keep the beds dry in cooler conditions. There are fans and USB ports throughout the cabins and saloon.

In the cockpit are 4 Barient self-tailing winches all regularly serviced. There is also a small reefing winch at the gooseneck of the mast. Cockpit has access to a shallow stern locker that is vented/drained with a 6 & 10 Gallon propane tanks as well as a deep lazarette on the port side. There is also a full-beam stern-mounted swim platform with telescoping ladder (2018), a magma propane grill, and manual lifting crane all also accessible from the cockpit. All thru-hulls and seacocks were replaced in 2016 with Groco bronze fittings I believe with SS ball valves, exercised routinely. The original 5GPM bilge pump system is still there with a 2011 Jabsco pump and in now used a nuisance pump system, I added a 2000GPH engine bilge pump and an 1100GPH main bilge pump in the galley. Both the fresh water & shower drain pumps, as well as the shower fixture, were replaced in 2018. The 9 gallon hot water tank was replaced in 2017 and the toilet was replaced with a jabsco pump-style in 2017. There is a 1600 BTU AirCon/reverse-cycle heat Marine Air unit. The controller and board fried that year, they've been replaced and there is a spare main control circuit board aboard now as well.

The half-battened Mainsail & sail cover is from 2016, furling Genoa with Luff tape from 2019, both Mack Sails out of Stuart, FL. There are three reef points in the mainsail. Both Marblehead dacron. There is also an older reconditioned genoa and a hardly-used symmetrical spinnaker with sock. There is an ATN tacker to attach the tack of the spinnaker to the furled genoa. No other rigging for the spinnaker or spinnaker pole, I never flew it as I was almost always single-handing. There is a whisker pole that I use to pole-out the genoa when sailing downwind. All running rigging was replaced beginning 2018, even down to the fender & docklines. So was much of the deck hardware. Re-shieved genoa car and replaced deck side & mast blocks. The Furlex Profurl furler was newly installed in 2015. New mainsheet hardware and rope clutches as well. There is also a never-used elvstrom storm jib aboard as well.

Engine, transmission, and exhaust hose were replaced in 2016 with a Yanmar 3ym20 equipped with an 80-watt alternator that has run great for me. Only thing other than routine maintenance was the raw water pump had to be replaced earlier this year (old one is still aboard to be rebuilt and kept as spare). The 25 gallon SS fuel tank was flushed then as well and I did top off the fuel after mixing in some biocide before putting her on the hard. Just over 900 hours, maintenance has been done religiously (former military aviation mechanic here). She is due for the fuel filters to be changed and the manual says to clean the exhaust elbow but there's been no issue to make me want to pull it off. The belt cover is off in the pictures because I loosened the belts before leaving her. I would re-pack the stuffing gland and change the transmission oil before launching as both are close to being due. There is a vacuum canister aboard for changing all the fluids. The Michigan Wheel 2-blade propeller and solid SS prop shaft were also replaces new during the repower.

Electric power is supplied by 3 115 AH full river brand group size 31 AGM batteries for the house bank that has a battery monitor attatched and a NAPA group size 48 AGM battery for the start battery bank -all new Jan 2019. Every single light inside & out and up the mast are LED. There is also a 2000W inverter that powers 2 outlets one in the galley, one in the saloon by the TV. There is a 2018/19 300-watt soft-panel solar array that attaches to the bimini & dodger. The bimini was installed in 2015 and the fabric is getting tired. The bimini with 1" SS-framed dodger with aft hand holds and side holdrails, as well as the sail cover & splash guards were all new in 2018. Ground tackle is a 33Lb Rocna Vulcan with 165' of ¼ G4 chain spliced to another 140' of ½" of 3-strand rode, both new in 2018, attached with an over-sized KONG SS swivel. There is also a 25LB Danforth secondary anchor on the aft pulpit and the secondary rode is 20' ¼" G4 chain and 220' 8-plat rode. Windlass in a Lewmar profish 700 (new 2018) with a control switch in the anchor locker and a second control switch mounted in the cockpit (seriously one of the best add-ons for single handing).
Wheel mounted auto-pilot, drive system replaced 2019, spare drive motor, belt, and pilot computer aboard. Main chartplotter at helm is a 2009 Garmin GPS map with updated SD card maps of N. America, Western & Eastern Caribbean. The chartplotter has its own separate depth gauge. It is tied to the autopiolot for following a course & waypoints. There is an old Furno Radar that works but I've only ever turned it on to make sure its working . Haven't needed it with AIS. Yes the boat has AIS through the 2019 Standard Horizon gps/AIS mounted at nav station that is also tied to the main chartplotter. There is a cockpit mike but the cockpit socket pin plug needs replaced. Mouthed in the Nav station is a 2018 Garmin GPS map 78 marine with micro SD maps of N. America, Eastern & Western Caribbean. There is a sony Bluetooth CD player and satellite radio all hooked up, there's speakers in the saloon and in the cockpit. There is also a cockpit control for the stereo.

Safety equipment includes a 4-person coastal life raft, new at end of 2018. EPIRB, flares & flare gun. Battery operated signal flare (never expires), several strobes & flashers, ditch bag with non-perishable emergency food & water rations, life jackets. There is a high water alarm as well as a smoke detector in the saloon and a CO2 sensor in the aft cabin. All USCG required & suggested safety equipment is aboard. The propane sniffer system was added in 20016/17. Dinghy is a 2018 9' West marine PVC with a segmented floor. There is a 2010 6hp 4-stroke Mercury outboard on the port pulpit that is loaded with the aft mounted crane. The 6hp runs great but need a new kill switch and could probably use a new impellor (both of which are on board). There is also a 2009 2.5hp 2-stroke mercury outboard mounted on the starboard pulpit , it needs the carb rebuilt, rebuild kit aboard boat.

In my opinion, the biggest issue is the aft lower chain plates. For some reason, they were not tied into the quarter gussets on each side - they used a backing plate right next to the ¼ gussets. When I replaced and upsized the standing rigging in 2018, the original rigger overtightened the rig and a seam where the gusset joined the deck separated and the deck had pulled up slightly where the starboard aft lower shroud terminated and the underside of the deck pulled away from the ¼ gusset. The rig was loosened, the internal fiberglass repair inside with the deck was made after letting it settle without the tension, All of the rigging deck hardware was re-re-bedded, and had the backstay & shrouds properly adjusted. I do not believe there is structural delamination or water intrusion into the deck. The "bubble" is pretty uniform inside and out and I've kept a close eye on it tapping and checking for "squish" - no problem. I've sailed her 1.5 years with this repair to Nassau, the Florida Keys & up/down to Ft. Myers beach. Long-term I would go to a fabricating rigger and re-engineer the aft lower chainplates/backing plates to tie-in and thru-bolt into the ¼ gusset.

Other issues are: 2'-long row of dime-sized gelcoat blisters at waterline on port aft lower quarter of hull. Bottom needs touch-up sanding, probably touch-up epoxy in a couple spots, and new bottom paint. Hull was re-painted in 2009 but could use buffing/compound. The port side of the fwd pulpit and a port stanchion got bent in a lock crossing the Okeechobee last year, they need un-bolted, straitened & rebedded but no leaks so far. The 'cups' flew off the masthead wind instrument while I was in Nassau while Dorian hit Abaco and it has just been functioning just as wind direction since. Finally, the small bilge pump for the AirCon condensate quit on the trip to store her in Indiantown, FL. I have over $50k in Martini, I believe her sellable market value in great condition to be $30-32k. At $25,900, I believe I am asking a very fair price for her condition and equipment considering the minor-needed repairs.

Broker's Comments
1986 Gib-Sea 96 Master
There is not much I can add as the owner has pretty much covered everything about the boat. She is very well equipped for cruising and could go tomorrow. Like any boat of this vintage, there is always something else that can be done, it is up to the new owner to decide how far to take it! Very happy to show her to you. Call for an appointment!

Contact Information
Captain S. Lee Bowden
IYBA Licensed Broker
Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales
802 734 0757 (Cell)
772 925 1173 (Home)

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.

Additional Units Included
  • 2011 West Marine PVC Segmented Floor


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Disclaimer: Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales 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/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(7523844)