Launching the first Gunboat 68

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.

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