GUNBOAT 48

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.

LOA
14.74
48’4″
LWL
14.00
45’11”
BOA
7.39
24’3″
Beam On Centerline
5.58
18’4″
Draft Bd Down
2.25
7’5″
Mast Clearance
22.00
72’2″
Mast Length
19.60
64’4″
Displacement Lightship
8,025 kg
17,700 lbs
Displacement Max Load
10,200 kg
22,500 lbs
Headroom – Salon
1.98
6’6″
Headroom – Hulls
1.98
6’6″
Hull Width
1.82
6′
Bridge Deck Clearance (full load)
1.3
4′
Fuel Capacity
2 X 246 L
2 X 65 Gal
Water Capacity
2 X 190 L
2 X 50 Gal
  • Composite construction of vacuum-bagged, epoxy foam sandwich and Nomex aramid honeycomb with carbon fiber inner skins and Kevlar outer skins for impact resistance
  • All carbon spars
  • Unidirectional aramid fiber shrouds
  • Aramid forestays (x2) with custom Facnor furlers
  • Edson custom carbon steering wheel
  • Carbon fiber retractable rudders and dagger boards
  • African sapele cabinetry and Brazilian mahogany floors
  • Main salon features galley, lounge, and folding dining table
  • Three queen size cabins
  • Office daybed in owners’ hull
  • Two spacious heads with dedicated showers
  • Techma electric toilet system
  • Ample cabinetry space
  • Spacious “back porch” aft cockpit with caulked teak deck dedicated to lounging and outdoor dining
  • Forward working cockpit for sail handling with caulked teak deck
  • Volvo Penta D2-40 Hp diesel (x2)
  • Spectra Ultra Whisper 600 GPD with Z-brane water makers
  • Sharp 80W solar panels (x10)
  • Lewmar electric winches (x2)
  • Superstor water calorifier (x2)
  • Sundanzer 6 cubic ft. top loading refrigerator
  • Force 10 three burner stove
  • Auto-pilots (x2)
  • Owners’ choice navigation/electronics package
  • Owners’ choice entertainment package

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Gunboat 48 Adventures in the News:

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

ROAM Lines to Hawaii – 10 Episode Series

Yachting World, Dec 2018 – Lines to Hawaii: a dream cruise chasing the Pacific surf from Tahiti to Honolulu

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Fages, 34280 La Grande-Motte

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