was a large manufacturer of fiberglass sailboats and powerboats in the Tampa Bay, Florida area from 1970 to 1990. The company was founded by Vince Lazzara, considered a pioneer of fiberglass sailboat construction. Lazzara began his business building low-priced, low-quality, beamy boats. The hulls of these boats were interchangeable as sailboats or trawlers, which minimized production costs. By the mid-1970s, Gulfstar was losing market share. Lazzara, not wanting to leave a legacy as a producer of poor quality yachts, set a goal to reorganize his company. He contracted Ted Hood for a number of models and began to produce high-quality, high performance yachts. In 1984, Gulfstar began producing the Sailcruiser twin engine motor sailor series. These yachts rivaled those of the very best yachts of the late 70's and mid 80's. The early and mid 80's are now considered Gulfstar's “Golden Era” of yacht production. By the mid-1980s, production shifted towards powerboats and away from performance sailboats. During the mid-1980s, Gulfstar also produced a number of performance sailing yachts for the CSY charter boat fleet in the Caribbean. In 1990, Viking Yachts purchased Gulfstar.