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2022 Boat Shows – Cannes Yachting Festival & Newport Brokerage Show

Fall boat shows are underway, and we're cooking up two opportunities for showings! *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* Gunboat 68 BreakFree on Show at Cannes Yachting Festival Let the festivities begin! The stunning metallic turquoise Gunboat 68 has arrived at Port Canto! Planning to meet with us next week to discuss Gunboat ownership? Please let us know your interests and we'll book [...]

Full Sail – Gunboat News

  Gunboat News: Full Sail What a year it has been so far! The factory is booming with two of each series in build, new owners have joined the community through brokerage, and Gunboat adventures are expanding around the globe. So read on, and we hope to see you at Cannes Yachting Festival! Gunboat 68 BreakFree […]

Cannes Yachting Festival 2022

The next opportunity to see a Gunboat 68 will be from September 6th - 11th at Cannes Yachting Festival! In the meantime, take a closer look at Gunboat 68 BreakFree in a new video tour by Skippers Magazine, sailing with Loïck Peyron and Benoit Lebizay. *|MC:SUBJECT|* *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* Gunboat on Display at Cannes Yachting Festival We're pleased to [...]

Events: Bol d’Or Mirbaud & Cannes Yachting Festival

The Gunboat team is hitting the roads and waterways in the coming months to meet with prospective clients and media partners in Europe! Please note the two upcoming events below, and check in at our events page for more options to connect with us at shows, regattas and events. Bol d’Or Mirabaud, June 10-12, 2022, [...]

Commissioning complete – BreakFree

La Grande-Motte France BREAK FREE - A name that resonates on so many levels! Gunboat 6805 was officially handed over to the owner last week upon completion of sea trials. Benoit Lebizay, Gunboat Managing Partner, commented on the day, "The smile on the face of the owners when they first stepped onboard the finished boat [...]

BREAK FREE!

La Grande-Motte France This week at the factory we celebrated the launch and christening of the fifth Gunboat 68, Break Free! "We're really proud of the Gunboat team today for another important achievement in the development of the brand in a challenging environment. To the new owners of Break Free, welcome to Gunboat and thank [...]

#GunboatTop10 of 2021

Happy New Year from Gunboat! Each year the Gunboat Top 10 tradition stirs up a lot of fun and sense of achievement for the Gunboat team. Join us for a quick stare into the wake of 2021 as we keep blasting into 2022! *|MC:SUBJECT|* *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* Ringing in the New Year with the #GunboatTop10 Happy New [...]

Paint Reveal: The 5th Gunboat 68

La Grande-Motte France This 5th Gunboat 68 has emerged from the paint shed this week, lustrous and gleaming in a custom shade of metallic teal. Luxury paint finishings are a key part of the head-turning nature of a Gunboat. The rich color emphasizes design elements, the deliberate lines and curves and meticulous detail, while presenting [...]

Building Dreams – Gunboat News

Two Gunboat 80s sold and in production! Build updates on the first 72V, 6805 and 6806, and more updates from Gunboat headquarters. *|MC:SUBJECT|* *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* Share Tweet Forward Share View this email in your browser Gunboat News: Building Adventures Here at Gunboat headquarters, there’s been a flurry of action since we released two new designs over the summer, with [...]

Comin’ in hot! – Gunboat News

Things are heating up and we're not just talking about summer. Get ready for a crescendo of Gunboat news from brokerage sales to new designs to adventures around the world! - A first look at the new GUNBOAT 80 - Brokerage is on fire - Events are back, with a dominating performance by Gunboat 68 [...]

Welcoming Gunboat 68 Highland Fling

La Grande-Motte France Announcing the arrival of the Highland Fling program to the Gunboat fleet! Gunboat 6801 recently changed hands and emerged from our factory last week reflecting a range of performance modifications for inshore racing, most noticeably, dual exterior helm stations! The inside helm remains for all the same conveniences on deliveries and can [...]

The Finest Meals Require the Best Ingredients (Seahorse Magazine)

Achieving better performance by keeping the weight down and the structural integrity up. From raw material to precise cuts of fabric to fined construction techniques, every detail matters! ‘Today, every piece of carbon that goes into the construction of a 68 has been cut for the task either off site or at times on a [...]

Introducing Gunboat 6804

La Grande-Motte France Announcing the launch of Gunboat 68 TOSCA! This week, the 4th Gunboat 68 was ceremoniously rolled from the shed and moved to the waterfront for the splash. With the rig and daggerboards in, she’s officially a sailboat, with a reception line of industry pro’s queuing up for her commissioning and sea trials [...]

Ringing in the New Year with the #GunboatTop10

Happy New Year from all of us at Gunboat! Leading up to the new year we recapped some of the top moments of 2020 on social media, a tradition that brings about a lot of joy and inspiration even in the most challenging of years. Here's the countdown: <!doctype html> *|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|*   View this email [...]

Gunboat Newsletter – December 2020

Announcing the Grand Large Yachting World Odyssey 500, a Gunboat 48 for sale through Gunboat Brokerage, and Bahamas charters in 2021!  Read the latest reviews of Gunboat 6803 from Wave, Nautique, and Seahorse magazines. In fleet news, two Gunboat 60s in the South Pacific make the spotlight - one with adventures spectating the America's Cup [...]

Op Wereldreis Met Een Hightech Bolide – Gunboat 68 Review by Nautique

We were pleased to host Nautique in La Grande-Motte this fall and see this Gunboat 68 review reach the Dutch sailing community! Nowadays also called "the Ferrari of the sea" among connoisseurs. Nautique spent a day with this special vehicle. - Hans Brouwers gives the inside scoop on our location, factory and what its like [...]

Nomen est omen – Gunboat 68 Review by Wave Magazin

Here's one in German - Read the write-up from Stefan Detjen's visit to Gunboat headquarters in La Grande-Motte France to sea trial Gunboat 68 SeaTilt! The cancellation of boat shows this year afforded time for private sessions where special guests could tour the factory and have some dedicated time with our team. For this sea [...]

Gunboat featured in Luxe Infinity Magazine

The ultimate sailing experience is fast and fun, comfortable and stylish, but it also offers the capability to sail in the widest range of wind conditions and generate your own power. Gunboat builds catamarans for the sailor who wants the ultimate experience with family and friends. Forget the engines and enjoy the sounds of wind [...]

Pop of Color – 6804 Paint Reveal

The Paint reveal! Gunboat 6804 moved from the paint booth to final fit out this week, leaving a bluish-purple haze of excitement in her wake. Metallic and pearlescent flakes in the paint change mean the hue changes in different lighting and surroundings. We can't wait to see this on the water! From here, a frenzy [...]

Low-key Cruising Vibes in St. Tropez

Saint-Tropez, France Condor is back in the Med and making good use of the warm autumn days, including visiting one of the few events still on the calendar - a toned down version of Les Voile de Saint-Tropez. The Gunboat team together with Loick Peyron enjoyed a few days of sailing in the area with [...]

Pure, cerulean, blue…

La Grande-Motte France Gunboat 6804 was looking absolutely jaw-dropping this week when we rolled her outside for a paint check. We'll be adding this pop of color to the ocean community before you know it! Video preview of 6804's unique metallic paint color, just before the final coats were applied. See the final results here.  [...]

Soaring “Home”: Gunboat 6801 CONDOR

Making a grand entrance, the crew aboard Gunboat 68 CONDOR sent us this video en route to visit us again in France! Drone Video by Rick Summers, sailing along the coast of Spain CONDOR made a quick visit to La Grande-Motte picking up some of the Gunboat team and Loick Peyron for a few days [...]

Redefining “Business-as-Usual” – Launching Gunboat 6803

View the first sailing footage of Gunboat 68 SeaTilt and hear the story behind her launch! Gunboat 6803 SeaTilt was in her final months of construction in La Grande-Motte when France went on lockdown March 14th. Remarkably, the launch took place only a few weeks off schedule! By then, "survival mode" gave way to the [...]

Gunboat in Saint-Tropez Oct 7th-9th

The Gunboat team together with Loïck Peyron look forward to hosting prospective owners and media on Gunboat 68 CONDOR from October 7th-9th during Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez. As the only regatta taking place in the area this year, we’ll be soaking it all in…cruising around at enviable speeds, enjoying the show in max comfort and style. [...]

Don’t Jump to Conclusions (Seahorse Magazine – Sept 2020)

Just because an extremely quick multihull sailor decides to spend some time checking out the cruising lifestyle does not mean for a moment that they have any intention of slowing down... "The owner of the third 68 launched is an international businessman with a wealth of offshore and inshore racing experience including the Mini-Transat and [...]

Gunboat Private Boat Show – Sept 5-13

La Grande-Motte France Gunboat is pleased to invite guests to our headquarters in La Grande-Motte, France, for an exclusive look at our factory and the most recently launched Gunboat 68! This Private Boat Show will be held from September 5th-13th, 2020 to allow prospective owners an intimate look at the finished product as well as [...]

Sum of the Parts

La Grande-Motte France Commissioning of 6803 continued over the weekend, and we welcomed the owners for their first sail with some particularly satisfying news – the final weighing of SEA TILT came in just below the design weight! For Gunboat this is further validation of the consistency of our build and quality control process, with [...]

Speedy Progress – Gunboat 6803 Sea Trials

La Grande-Motte France Born for adventures SEA TILT moved straight into sea trials. Commissioning progressed quickly from basic equipment checks and hoisting sails for the first time to load testing, and the sea trials crew were rewarded with thoroughbred performance. Gunboat COO William Jelbert gives us some specifics from the first two days. "Saturday we [...]

Gunboat 68 SEA TILT Makes A Splash

La Grande-Motte France Performance sailors with cruising dreams: Imagine the anticipation that builds during the construction of your semi-custom, world-cruising performance catamaran from the time you begin making plans through the 18-month build... Today we splashed Gunboat 6803 and she was officially christened SEA TILT! With the Gunboat 68, each owner gets to "set the [...]

All the Sweeter – The Launch of 6803!

La Grande-Motte France Spirits were high at the Gunboat factory as we launched the third Gunboat 68 of the series! This launch carried particular significance as a marker of adaptability beyond the typical call of duty, even for yacht building. Gunboat Managing Partner, Benoit Lebizay explains, "Completing 6803 in the current environment definitely was not [...]

Gunboat 6803 Paint Reveal

It was a huge day at the yard and the team had a lot to celebrate on this big moving day, as 6803 and 6804 switched places in the paint booth. On top of that, the clear sunny day lent to capturing some photos of the Gunboat factory within the setting of La Grande-Motte - our [...]

Factory Tour with Loïck Peyron

Step inside the Gunboat factory! Gunboat COO William Jelbert and Loïck Peyron talk shop and take a look at 6803, 6804 and 6805 in various stages of production. Gunboat 68 Videos:

Balance of Power (Seahorse Magazine – Feb 2020)

When it comes to energy systems, Gunboat's William Jelbert talks about what it means to build the most efficient boat possible in this feature for Seahorse Magazine. "When designing a lightweight cruising catamaran we are faced with some tricky problems to solve: conventional propulsion or hybrid, how much solar and hydro generation, how big to [...]

Shooting the Breeze, at the Dusseldorf Boat Show!

We're in Dusseldorf to talk about your sailing plans and share the latest news from Gunboat. Two Gunboat 68s out cruising the world; Production of 6803, 6804 and 6805; fleet cruising trends; events including the upcoming Gunboat Rendezvous and more. Schedule a meeting or find us at Hall 15 / B41.2 View this email in your browser [...]

Top 10 in 2019 – Countdown to 2020

Counting down with some of the top moments of 2019 to ring in the new year! See them all together here. View this email in your browser Share Tweet Forward Share CELEBRATING 2019, with #GunboatTop10 Happy New Year from all of us at Gunboat! We're so appreciative to the Gunboat family and all of our [...]

Gunboat News – December 2019

Happy Holidays from Gunboat! Reflections & Celebrations: Looking back and looking forward with equal excitement and gratitude. View this email in your browser Share Tweet Forward Share Happy Holidays from all of us at Gunboat! Gunboat 68 DASH shares a photo sailing along the coast of Spain, on one of their first cruising adventures. Reflections [...]

Figaro Nautisme – Gunboat 68 Review

GUNBOAT 68: Cruising in a Private Jet "Breathtaking design, perfectly rigid full carbon chassis, out of scale performances and up to scale prices, the Gunboat concentrates every marker of the most exclusive brands..." Read the GUNBOAT 68 review by François Tregouet in the special issue of Figaro Nautisme - Collection 2020. Click for the full edition [...]

On a Roll! Build Milestones on 6803 & 6804

La Grande-Motte, France October 22nd, 2019 The first two Gunboat 68s are off on sailing adventures while 6803 & 6804 move right along with these most recent build milestones. All in a day’s work. Gunboat 6803:  The hull and deck were rolled outside the factory, and the deck was picked up from the frame and [...]

The Double Debut – Cannes and Newport

September 2019 marked the public debut of the Gunboat 68 simultaneously at two boat shows - with 6801 CONDOR in Newport and 6802 DASH in CANNES! Referred to "The Superstar" of the top boats to see at Cannes, and deemed Best New Sailboat at NIBS by the judges of Cruising World, Sailing World, and Yachting magazines [...]

Gunboat 68 News – September 2019

The launch of 6802 DASH, Boatbuilding updates from the factory, and the 68's debut at the Newport & Cannes Boat Shows. ⛵️⛵️ Click to read - Gunboat 68 News - September 2019

NYYC 175th Anniversary Regatta

July 15th-20th, 2019 Four Gunboats participated in the New York Yacht Club’s celebratory 175th Anniversary Regatta, with 5 days of racing and an entire week of on-shore celebrations. For a few years now Gunboats have been an established part of the scene at the New York Yacht Club and we love seeing the fast carbon cats [...]

Gunboat 68 CONDOR’s Debut at the Races

NYYC 175th Anniversary Regatta, July 2019 While the NYYC clocked 175 years during their Anniversary Regatta this year, the new Gunboat 68 CONDOR made her racing debut. In a fun collaboration, the core of team Bronco along with ex-Elvis pros Anthony Kotoun and Scotty Bradford joined CONDOR’s owners and crew, along with Spike Abram on [...]

Cruising Along: The Launch of the 2nd Gunboat 68

La Grande-Motte, France July 26th, 2019 On July 23rd, Gunboat launched the second boat of the new Gunboat 68 design from the factory in La Grande Motte, France – just over six months after launching Gunboat 6801 CONDOR. “We’re thrilled to be presenting Gunboat 68 DASH to her owners and to the world, with this [...]

OUTSTRIPPING THE WIND – GUNBOAT 68

Article #10 in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68. Its January in La Grande Motte, with the Gunboat team out hoisting sails and loading up Gunboat 6801 for the first time. Blowing 12kts true, under full main, the J0 goes up and CONDOR immediately accelerates to match the wind speed of [...]

MULTIHULLS WORLD – Gunboat 68 Review (by Philippe Echelle, April/May Issue, 2019)

"When a cruising catamaran becomes a work of art" - GUNBOAT 68 review by Philippe Echelle in the April/May issue of Multihulls World Magazine - full article available at Multihulls World. Read more about the Gunboat 68:

Gunboat 6802 Rolling out of the Paint Shed

May 13th, 2019 Rolling a Gunboat out of the paint shed marks one of the most exciting build milestones! The dramatic visual impact is a reward to the build team and an announcement to the rest of the world that another Gunboat 68 is soon to launch. Gunboat 6802 is a custom shade of blue-gray, [...]

April 2019 Newsletter

Videos of the first Gunboat 68, updates from the factory, & racing and cruising adventures from around the world! Click to read - GUNBOAT Newsletter - April 2019

News from the Nest – Sea Trials of Gunboat 68 CONDOR

Testing the first boat of a series is thrilling - everything is being done for the first time. You see the sail fit and trim, you notice the line leads onto the winches, you experience the hulls carving through the water. We are systematic in our testing process: Slow, steady and increasing in gradual steps [...]

Launching the first Gunboat 68

La Grande-Motte, France January 17th, 2019 January 16th marked a key milestone for the Gunboat team, as they rolled the first Gunboat 68 out of the factory to the marina for her first splash and mast stepping on January 17th. Since the brand was acquired by Grand Large Yachting in 2016, the newest Gunboat series [...]

FORWARD THINKING – GUNBOAT 68

Article #9 in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68. Imagine being on a passage, standing a solo night watch. You’re at the helm, comfortably protected from the elements, controlling just how much by opening the doors or the moonroof. From a central helm station, with a 360 view of the horizon [...]

DELIVERING THE WOW FACTOR – GUNBOAT 68

Article #8 in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68. When a Gunboat sails into an anchorage people stop what they’re doing. Heads turn and mouths open - It’s part of the joy of owning one! First impressions are important but so is the view from two feet away, from any angle. [...]

August 2018 Newsletter

A look at two Gunboat 68s in production at the new factory & racing and cruising adventures around the world! Click to read - GUNBOAT Newsletter - August 2018

STANDING TALL – GUNBOAT 68 RIGGING

Article #7 in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68. The new Gunboat 68’s rig is one of the most performance-critical parts of the boat - a network of high-aspect and super-strong components working in carefully engineered compression and tension. It is designed to deliver a finely balanced and highly optimized sailing system. We [...]

STEERING INTO THE FUTURE – GUNBOAT 68 STEERING

Article #6 in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68. When awaiting the completion of a new Gunboat, it’s natural to obsess about sailing her – the thrill of helming a performance cat on an evening sail, a regatta, or a voyage around the world. You imagine the balance and responsiveness through [...]

ALL SYSTEMS GO – GUNBOAT 68 SYSTEMS

Article #5 in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68. When imagining setting sail on your Gunboat 68, a topic that comes up (usually quite far down the list after 20+ knot boat speeds and watching sunsets from remote anchorages!) is how smoothly the inner workings of your boat will function. Although one [...]

April 2018 Newsletter

Caribbean racing, world cruising, Gunboat 68 news, tours of the all-new factory, La Grande Motte boat show, and more! Click to read - GUNBOAT Newsletter - April 2018

AN INNER SENSE OF LIGHT – GUNBOAT 68 INTERIOR

Leading up to the launch of 6801, we continued our series offering insight on the design and build of the Gunboat 68. Following articles about the exterior design, internal structure, and daggerboards, it may be surprising to learn that the interior presented some of the most challenging aspects of the project. For the Gunboat 68, [...]

PUTTING THE POWER DOWN – GUNBOAT 68 DAGGERBOARDS

Alongside production of 6801, so far in our series of articles we have looked at the hulls talking about exterior design and the strength of the internal structure. This time we’re looking at the all-important daggerboards – the means by which the power of the rig is transferred through the structure and into forward motion through [...]

Seahorse Magazine Feb 2018 – GUNBOAT 68 Technical Brief

"How far - and how fast - do you want to go?" GUNBOAT 68 featured in the February issue of Seahorse Sailing Magazine - click to read the full article!

INNER STRENGTH – GUNBOAT 68 INTERNAL STRUCTURE

Leading up to the launch of the first Gunboat 68, with construction in full swing in La Grande Motte, France, we continued our series of articles on different aspects of design and construction following the progress of 6801. Building from the Exterior Design Brief, let’s look at the strong internal structure engineered to support that [...]

January 2018 Newsletter

Florida sun, Bahama breeze, a dreamy south-pacific sailing film, line honors, Gunboat 68 news, brokerage listings, charter availability, boat shows. Click to read - GUNBOAT Newsletter - January 2018

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME – GUNBOAT 68 EXTERIOR DESIGN

Headturner. Jawdropper. Showstopper. Gunboat owners know the consequences of owning a fast, sexy catamaran.  While you gain access to remote anchorages and have the ability to set sail and go fast…they’re still there - the admirers, the aficionados, the curious! As the first model built by Gunboat under the ownership of Grand Large Yachting, the [...]

August 2017 Newsletter

News about Gunboat sailing, production and operations, the Newport International Boat Show, and brokerage opportunities! Click to read - GUNBOAT Newsletter - August 2017

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