Cruising Along: The Launch of the 2nd Gunboat 68

La Grande-Motte, France
July 26th, 2019

On July 23rd, Gunboat launched the second boat of the new Gunboat 68 design from the factory in La Grande Motte, France – just over six months after launching Gunboat 6801 CONDOR.

“We’re thrilled to be presenting Gunboat 68 DASH to her owners and to the world, with this yacht representing owner-selected optimizations geared for world cruising,” Comments Benoit Lebizay, Gunboat Managing Partner. “We now have two boats, with 6801 representing the high-performance owner-selected options like the bigger rig, sail plan, rotating rig, etc., and 6802 electing for a luxury cruising setup. We’ve designed the platform in this way so that the owner sets the cursor.” CONDOR has been actively cruising since March and has just completed her first regatta last week, and DASH will set off soon with plans for purely voyaging.

Gunboat COO William Jelbert notes some of the differences this time around. “Her character already shows! With the Cruising Rig and Sail Plan she’s still an enviable performer, but she’s all about fun in the sun. This may be in part because we’re not cracking ice off the deck during this round of commissioning, and we also have prior knowledge from the first build, making boat number two a little more automatic and less labor intensive. But we also have some new details like where the fishing rods get clipped up and if the dive compressor hose is long enough. It’s hot at the moment, so the air conditioning, a full 70,000 BTUs, is well tuned and pumping. We’re testing the washer/dryer and other luxuries in comfort and style here. Anyone questioning if the Gunboat 68 would be enough of a ‘condo on the water’ for their liking should come and see for themselves!”

The first two Gunboat 68s make their public debut simultaneously in September – with 6802 at the Cannes Yachting Festival from September 10th-15th and 6801 at the Newport International Boat Show from September 12th-15th.

Benoit Lebizay adds, “This milestone comes with a great sense of pride at the factory and increased momentum in the 68 series and beyond. We have a relatively small team, but a dedicated team who are really passionate for the Gunboat community and this vision of ultra-comfortable, high-performance catamaran sailing – designed for global blue-water sailing and highly capable in any setting where you want to enjoy her with family and friends.”

On July 23rd, Gunboat 6802 DASH rolled out of the factory, in the “last push” by the factory team. She was then moved by truck to the waterfront through the narrow corridor between the buildings.

She was splashed and rigged on July 24th, and will undergo commissioning and sea trials over the course of the next 4-5 weeks before handover to the owners. As with 6801, Gunboat is completing over 1200 checkpoints throughout the build and sea trials. This tight process yielded a solid, turnkey yacht for the owners of 6801 and represents the focus on quality and accountability in this new era of Gunboat.

The Gunboat brand was acquired by Grand Large Yachting in 2016, and the 68 series was conceptualized, designed and built by Gunboat in just two and a half years – with a 16-month build time of 6801 from the first carbon laid on September 15th, 2017 to her splash on January 17th, 2019. Just over 6 months later Gunboat 6802 was launched from the factory for the beginning of her commissioning and sea trials.

The North 3di sails are ready to go onto the high modulus Lorima rig, and the performance VPP is posted in the salon as a reference for sea trials. DASH is a Gunboat to the core, capable of crushing miles and cruising comfortably past most high-performance boats.

For more detailed information, including specifications and pricing, contact sales@gunboat.com.

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

Photos by Didier Hillaire, Drone by Matthieu Rougevin-Baville

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 – Outstripping the Wind

Customizing the sail plan and feedback from some Gunboat 68 designers and sailors - in article #10 in our series 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.

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