Efficient twin keels
Clean lines - lifting rudder
Horizontal aft cabin port set in transom
A Gib'Sea 77 - note her windows
At 26’ 10” LOA the Gib’Sea 76 is 10” longer than her less attractive predecessor, the Gib’Sea 77. I say less attractive in an aesthetic sense, because the unique smoked Perspex ‘wrap-around’ windows of the 76 look to me much prettier and more functional than the standard semi-pointed side windows of the 77. Another advantage of the longer boat is that she has the added privacy of a well-illuminated aft cabin. Take note of the long rectilinear window built into the transom for providing light in the aft cabin. There are more ports for this cabin either side of the companionway that are not visible in my photos. She has a removable washboard in the transom that gives easy access to a fold-down stainless steel boarding ladder.
The Gib’Sea 76 was in production between 1984 and 1990. She was designed by Groupe Graal for boat manufactures Gilbert Marine. Prospective purchasers could choose between buying one with a fin keel, drop keel, or with twin keels. The drop keel version had a draught of only 2’ 7” when fully raised, but for clearance at that depth, her rudder had also to be raised to the maximum setting.
Quite a lot of thought went into the functional aspects of the boat; for example, notice the neat shaping of the starboard pushpit for mounting a lifebuoy, and the full length alloy toe rails for keeping the crew safe when doing deck work. Although not shown in my photographs of ‘It’s Only Me’, she is fitted with a furling Genoa. Her two-bladed folding prop and shaft are supported by a ‘P’ bracket. She is most probably powered by a Volvo Penta 9 HP diesel engine mounted in a soundproofed compartment. Not many boats of her size have six berths: a double ‘V’ up forward, two settee berths in the main cabin, and a large double in the aft cabin.
Her lines indicate that she has a good turn of speed, and if her interior is identical to the one illustrated by photos in the archives* of Yachtsnet. co. uk she is indeed a comfortable boat.
The Gib’Sea Association
Gib’Sea 76 for Sale £12,000
Gib’Sea 76 for Sale £9,450 (Fin Keel)
Gib’Sea 76 Not for Sale
Gib’Sea 76 Sold £12,000
Gib’Sea 77 for Sale £7,950
Sailboats of Groupe Graal
Gib’Sea 77 – Sailboat Data.com