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Old 08-03-2009, 19:55   #1
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GBE sportsdeck

Hi there was wondering if anybody has had any experience with these boats GBE i dont mind the layout for a weekender and as day sailor was wondering more about how they sail want something with a bit of go but not to flighty as not real experienced sailor last boat was a motor sailor and pretty simple want to step up in performance but needs to be safe for family cruising etc thanks for any replys Rob
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Old 08-03-2009, 20:51   #2
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I think they are too expensive for what they are and they dont sail very well at all.

In their original format as 2 hulls with net in between and a large sail plan they were great fun.

You can get a much better boat IMHO in the second hand market if looking at epoxy composite/timber cored boats

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Old 09-03-2009, 07:07   #3
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I have a slightly less negative view on the GBE to Dave, it really all depends what you are going to do and what you are going to pay. The few GBEs I have seen lately have been too expensive - particularly Queenslander. There is a parallax 9 on the market in Sydney, get that at the right price and I reckon you get a better boat that the GBE to be honest.
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Old 09-03-2009, 16:34   #4
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The original GBE was designed by the late Malcolm Tennent as a fast day sailer/ weekender with minimal accommodation in each hull and weighing less than 1,000kg. I used to own the hull moulds for the GBE, but sold them about 18 months ago.
The Sportsdeck was the same hull, but extended one foot, and with a bridgedeck, double berths and a small open cabin, weight increased to about 2,500kg and the rig reduced in size. As a result the once sporty cat became a lot slower and sitting lower in the water as most owners started to fill the it with fridges, water tanks and all other bits of cruising equipment, all in a hull that was not designed for these loads.
I believe they were all built with polyesther resign below the waterline and a lot have had osmosis problems, my son who is a boat builder has been involved in repairing damage to GBE Sportdecks.
I have raced against 'Queenslander', the first Sportdeck built, and have raced on other Sportdecks built since, but found them a bit slow.
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But they do fill a vacant niche in the spectrum of cruising cats. I too thought they were too heavy and over-priced, but there were 21 different molded pieces to bring together and fair. It was very labor intensive to build, and still didn't have a balanced rudder. If the build could be simplified and resin-infused, with a rudder like the Moxie 37, it could find a place in todays market at something under $130K US FOB. I understand the molds burned down.
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Yes, unfortunatly the moulds were destroyed in a fire along with a larger version of the Sportdeck that was being developed by Express Multihulls. When Queenslander was originally launched, I raced against it in a Farrier F24, and it was reasonably quick, but I believe later boats got a bit heavier.
A friend of mine presently owns a Sportdeck and is trying to sell it after repairing the osmosis. I sailed a couple of races with him, but unless it was blowing 15 - 20 knots, it was very slow and heavy in the water.
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When Queenslander was originally launched, I raced against it in a Farrier F24, and it was reasonably quick
Geez, I believe they are very kind words.

Reasonably quick compared to what?

Not an F24 thats for sure

And not compared to my supposedly slow 9 metre Simpson cruising cat of cedar ply epoxy.

Like I say, GBE's are a great boat in the original format, but were never intended to be a bridgedeck cruiser.

They did bring out a canterlevered cabin model like a smaller XL2, but that still had alloy beams and nets and was not meant for load carrying, but a cupla cartons of bellywash, some cold chooks in the esky and disposable gas stove made them a sensational and logical next step up from a Seawind 24.

IMHO the GBE sportdeck would have been much better boat if using the Turissmo 9 hulls.

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Queenslander had only just been launched when we were in the same race and as such did not have a lot of the additional extras that later models had and may have had a larger rig as well. Against an F24, there was no chance, but it did perform well compared to a lot of other yachts at that time, if the wind was blowing.
Having owned and built the original GBE design, they would give an F24 a run for their money with the right crew.
The Turissmo would have been a better hull and there were a few Turissmos built with a cantalevered double berth similar to the Sportdeck.
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There happens to be one currently for sale in the US (St. Augustine, FL) that can be found in Yachtworld.
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