Article Series on the Design and Build of the Gunboat 68

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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