Press Release: Gunboat 6801 Launch

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 was conceptualized, designed and built by Gunboat in just two and a half years – a 16-month build time of 6801 from the first carbon laid on September 15th, 2017.

Gunboat Managing Partner, Benoit Lebizay, comments on the day, “We value and honor what has been done in the past. With this new 68 design, we are proud to write the next chapter of the Gunboat story, for our company and for the whole Gunboat community, as we continue to drive the benchmark of the luxury, performance catamaran segment.”

“This is a major milestone, an important step towards soon delivering on our promises, but we don’t want to run before we walk and are taking the time to complete it right. We have tremendous respect for this industry and a clear mind for how much it takes to build and launch these boats. But clearly this is a moment we’re enjoying and celebrating with our team!”

• May 2016 – The Gunboat brand joined Grand Large Yachting.
• June 2016 – Gunboat began designing the new Gunboat 68.
• February 2017 – Tooling construction started.
• September 2017 – Construction of 6801 commenced.
• December 2017 – The hull and bridgedeck were demolded.
• January 2018 – The new 3600 sqm Gunboat factory was completed.
• June 2018 – 6801 deck was bonded.
• October 2018 – 6801 external paint was completed.
• January 2019 – 6801 splashed in La Grande-Motte.

Before rolling out of the factory, the protective coverings were removed and reveal a first look at the thorough level of design detail. More photos and news will follow during commissioning and sea trials, and her first sailing adventures in 2019.

Above: Photos by Gilles Martin-Raget

The Gunboat 68 incorporates generations of owner experience and exciting partnerships to deliver more seaworthiness, luxury and performance, built by an expert team and with the sound financial backing of the Grand Large Yachting parent company. The launch of 68-01 marks the most important milestone yet in building this great new series, the culmination of two and a half years of work and investment into the latest Gunboat, honoring the DNA of the brand while integrating proven industry technologies and the Gunboat community’s 16+ years of experience and preferences.

For more detailed information, including specifications and pricing, contact the Gunboat sales team: sales@gunboat.com.

For our press kit, please contact susan@gunboat.com.

Press Inquiries:

Susan Toth
Marketing Manager
(+1) 401-662-7006
susan@gunboat.com

Benoit Lebizay
Managing Partner
Cell: (+33) 6 25315753
benoit@gunboat.com

Interested in more technical detail? Read our series of articles about the design and build of the Gunboat 68.

GUNBOAT 68 – Forward Thinking

The ninth article in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68 talks about the deck gear and layout that enable sailing a performance cat at speed with comfort and ease.

GUNBOAT 68 – Delivering the Wow Factor

The eighth article in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68 talks about the paint stage, and how we give the Gunboat 68 a jaw-dropping, head-turning finish.

GUNBOAT 68 – Standing Tall

The seventh article in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68 talks about rigging - the team involved, key features and the two optimized, top-performing rig packages available for the Gunboat 68.

GUNBOAT 68 – Steering into the Future

The sixth article in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68 talks about the simple, strong, reliable and responsive steering system and the expertise behind it. .

GUNBOAT 68 Systems – All Systems Go

The fifth article in our series about the design and build of the Gunboat 68 talks about backbone electrical and plumbing systems, from concept to installation, and with built-in "future proofing"! .

GUNBOAT 68 Interior – An Inner Sense of Light

In the fourth article in our series about the Gunboat 68, we talk about the lightweight, luxury interior that delivers more comfort, versatility, and better sightlines without compromise. .

GUNBOAT 68 Daggerboards – Putting the Power Down

In the third article in our series, we look at the design and build of the Gunboat 68 daggerboards, with partners VPLP and Lorima. Read the full article here.

GUNBOAT 68 Internal Structure – Inner Strength

What do the Gunboat 68 and a Formula One car have in common? In the second article in our series, we take a look at Internal Structure. Read the full article here.

GUNBOAT 68 Exterior Design – The Shape of Things to Come

The first in our series of articles on the design and construction of the GUNBOAT 68, with insight on the exterior design from Patrick Le Quément, Christophe Chedal Anglay, VPLP design, and GUNBOAT. Read full article here.

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