Gunboat is proud to announce that the esteemed yachting group, Grand Large Yachting, has purchased the Gunboat brand and rights to continue manufacturing the Gunboat series.
This past Saturday, Grand Large Yachting (GLY) hosted Gunboat owners, crew and friends at the New York Yacht Club for a down home BBQ and classic NYYC’s Dark-N-Stormy. In addition to celebrating the participation of five Gunboats in the New York Yacht Club Race Week, the party was an opportunity for GLY to introduce themselves to the Gunboat family and share their intentions for the brand.
Aiming to stay true to the Gunboat DNA, Grand Large Yachting has decided to bring the Gunboat office home to Newport and work with respected Gunboat experts. The manufacturing facility will be in France in an effort to leverage GLY’s local manufacturing assets and ensure a timely delivery. Xavier Desmarest, a GLY Principle and President of their Outremer Yachting division stated,“the merger of our operational strength, and Gunboat’s brand recognition and innovative designs hold much promise for our group. Gunboat is the pinnacle of world cruising catamarans.”
Currently, GLY is present in three major boating industry sectors- leisure, small commercial vessels and service. Industry diversity offers insurance for ever-shifting financial markets. Since its inception in 2004, GLY has had a compound annual growth ratio of 40%.
To help continue this trend, GLY has brought Gunboat into their fold. Benoit Lebizay, GLY Principle and Managing Director of Garcia Yachting, proudly announced that Gunboat will be working on the development of a new series- the Gunboat 68. GLY aims to involve Gunboat owners and captains in an effort to build on their Gunboat experience. Benoit states that the objective of the 68 is for “the next generation of Gunboat to be an evolution and not a revolution.”
This new series along with a Newport-based concentrated focus on customer service, brokerage and sales, chartering services plus crew placement, training, and coaching will reinforce Gunboat as the most respected and exclusive performance catamaran brand.
Gunboat plans to have a presence at both the upcoming International Newport Boat Show and Annapolis Boat Show. We welcome all of the Gunboat community to come and meet Benoit and Xavier.
Here’s to the next chapter in an already outstanding yachting legacy. Thank you to all who have worked so hard to make Gunboat what it is today: a true evolution in cruising catamarans and yachting in general.