Built from 2004-2009 and designed for uncrewed, family sabbatical sailing, the GUNBOAT 48 series captivated the sailing dreams of an even broader scope of sailors. The overall design premise for the 48 followed on the heels of the wildly successful Gunboat 62 and called upon designers Morrelli and Melvin to achieve the same dream but in a package built for owner-operators – with simple systems, Gunboat performance, and the usual ease of handling.
The interior and accommodations had to be light and airy, with the salon, helm, and galley located on the main deck within the pilothouse and a spacious, well-protected aft cockpit for dining and lounging on the shaded double daybed. She featured three queen berths, a convertible office/4th berth, and two heads within the hulls.
Highly sought after, only six Gunboat 48’s were built and they rarely change hands. Over the years the 48 has captured the hearts of many sailors who dream of quality world-cruising on their own terms, from the clandestine love of quiet owners who may never part with them to the well-known adventurers who bequeath their ownership to friends. Look closely in the Caribbean, the South Pacific, or the fjords of Norway, and you just may sight one of these mythical two-hulled creatures.
VELA, Apr 2020 – 4-episode series by John John Florence / Parallel Sea Productions
Surfer.com, Apr 2020 – John John and Friends Sail to Line Islands, Surf Empty Waves Alone: The New Vela Episodes are a Masterclass in Social Distancing
Men’s Journal, Apr 2020 – Watch ‘Vela’: Pro Surfer John John Florence’s Open Ocean Odyssey
Fast Company, Apr 2020 – Yeti and Surfer John John Florence Take Social Distancing to the Middle of the Ocean
STAB Magazine, Apr 2020 – John John Florence Sails to Palmyra, Learns the Beauty of a Life Unencumbered
STAB Magazine, 2018: Meet ‘FALCOR’, the Gunboat John John Florence sailed to Jaws