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 – years of dedication to the Gunboat 68 project were finally on test and available for public review!

Didn’t make it to the show? View the Facebook video walkthrough of Gunboat 68 DASH at Cannes, by SailingYachtTV.

At the same time in Newport, visitors enjoyed a showcase of brokerage listings just a short walk away from the boat show at Gurneys – a unique opportunity to explore the history and evolution of Gunboat design!

Interested in more technical detail, or considering owning a Gunboat? Read our series of articles about the design and build of the Gunboat 68!  Contact Gunboat for new builds and brokerage listings.

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 [...]

Where the Magic Happens – An Aerial look at the Gunboat Factory

The Gunboat factory has been bustling with productivity ahead of a highly anticipated moment - we'll be launching another spectacular Gunboat 68 from our factory NEXT WEEK! This short video below sets the stage for the upcoming events and gives a sense of our location in La Grande-Motte, France - something we realize is very [...]

The Year the Multihulls Joined the Party

Today would have been the start to the 51st Newport Bermuda Race, and the race organizers invited past participants to share favorite memories from the past 50 editions. For Gunboat the 2018 edition stands alone, when three Gunboats stepped up as the first-ever multihulls to take place in this iconic offshore challenge! 2018 marked the [...]

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 [...]

Interview with Benoit Lebizay, Gunboat Managing Partner

Meet the executive behind the rock-solid foundation of Gunboat since Grand Large Yachting's acquisition of the brand in 2016. Gunboat Managing Partner, Benoit Lebizay, talks about the company, the new factory, and the Gunboat 68. Interview on March 5, 2020 at our factory in La Grande-Motte France. Alongside the interview, Benoit would also like to [...]

Earth Day Release of VELA Episodes 3&4

For Earth Day 2020 we’ve been treated to a very special look at Palmyra Atoll and Washington and Fanning Islands via an epic Gunboat 48 adventure! Episodes 3 & 4 of John John Florence's docuseries VELA are now available on his YouTube channel. The series by his own production company Parallel Seas, together with Yeti and Outside TV, [...]

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