All the Sweeter – The Launch of 6803!

July 21, 2020

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 business-as-usual amidst lockdowns and border closings. Nevertheless, the launch date has only been delayed by 3 weeks, which is a testimony of the hard work and dedication of the build team and more broadly of the entire Gunboat team and all our partners & suppliers. We have received incredible support from the owner and absolutely no pressure to rush the completion of the boat. With careful consideration we were able to make the call collectively that there was a way to combine both protecting our workforce and continuing the build. This was not a small endeavor, and there is enormous pride in achieving this milestone today.”

The latest to join the fleet was rolled from the factory and made the journey to the waterfront, ready for the ceremonial splash.  News of the splash, rigging, commissioning and sea trials will follow over the coming weeks.

Photos by Gilles Martin-Raget

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