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Old 04-11-2011, 20:09   #31
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Re: Gunboats: Any First Hand Info?

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the 66 Gunboat is multiples more expensive than the CW Atlantic 57.

I do love the Gunboats purely external molded in chainplate though.
Many Australian homebuilders and new Aussie designs are using this system as matter of course thesedays. Long term maintaince its ideal v/s metal chainplates.

Chainplate The Scrumble Project

44C a member who contributes uses them on his vessel - can't find a link to his photos.

Another Bruce Arm's Chamberlain 46ft Cat that reclently established a round Australia solo record.

http://www.brucearms.com/content/photo-gallery
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Re: Gunboats: Any First Hand Info?

Downunder, good stuff. That's a great set of pics. I wish it would become commonplace in high-end cats. So much easier to maintain and I imagine the stress is better transmitted to the hull. I guess its more expensive than a thicker solid build-up and a chain plate through-bolted, though.
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Many Australian homebuilders and new Aussie designs are using this system as matter of course thesedays. Long term maintaince its ideal v/s metal chainplates.

Chainplate The Scrumble Project

44C a member who contributes uses them on his vessel - can't find a link to his photos.

Another Bruce Arm's Chamberlain 46ft Cat that reclently established a round Australia solo record.

Photo Gallery | Bruce Arms
What year of Gunboat is that your repairing ? I did't know Gunboat made a 46 footer? Or is this something other than what were talking about Gunboats.
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Any photos of engine room/mech installations.

The engineering/electricall installations make or break any boats but not so many emphasize it enough.
I was just going to ask the same?
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What year of Gunboat is that your repairing ? I did't know Gunboat made a 46 footer? Or is this something other than what were talking about Gunboats.
That's a custom not a GB. Notice a lack of forward cockpit and carbon fiber. GB use mostly carbon. That's why ther so light, strong and expensive. They do their sinks and tops out of the stuff, too.
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Carbon Fiber Chainplates, Dudley Dix 55 Cat

Here is a much less hi-tech catamaran that is making use of carbon-fiber chainplates.
Dudley Dix 55
Building the DH550 radius chine plywood catamaran

Also has a fwd cockpit, ala CW and GB
DH 550 Plywood Cruising catamaran

This is a vessel I've been recommending to several recent clients that are looking to build their own. We could also build this relatively cheaply over in Thailand? or the Phillipines?, or elsewhere

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Re: Gunboats: Any First Hand Info?

I guess this thread is done, If it's not about Gunboats and just fiberglass cats it's really DONE.
START another thread about custom cats
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Ain't done yet

Here's a pic of a GB 90 being transported on the road in South Africa. Apparantly not all are made in China or was this the last african cat?
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These pics are crazy. Notice how the truck says abnormal and some of the wheels are on the grass.
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Re: Gunboats: Any First Hand Info?

Last week I saw what I understand is the last one being built in SA. It is being finished in the Voyage factory in Capetown. i did not go aboard as I was really tied up in seeing the new 520 Voyage owners version my wife and I are getting. It is to be launched in 10 to 15 days and heading to the BVI's to be chartered with Voyage for a few years till we are ready for it.

I have a photo of the GB on the factory floor, just have not downloaded all from my camera as we are in Johannesburg today heading back to Annapolis tomorrow. Have a 17 hour flight to Atlanta first, YIKES!!!

The gunboat has a smaller beam to length ratio than our Voyage, The Voyage may not be a fast as the GB but they are performance cruise catamarans. Our 27 foot beam is very stable. The new 520 has a finer bow than the previous 500 model and they have opened up the cockpit in the stern to give more outside "play" area. And we can sort of afford it.

I will try to upload the GB pic after we return to the USA.
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Re: Gunboats: Any First Hand Info?

Saw Gazelle in Tahiti this year, definitely a head turner. We spent a week sailing Safari a while back when we were looking for a big cat. Loved everything execpt the rudder installation but I am sure they have redesigned it since then. Made an offer on Prana but it was to low and they declined. I must say I would still love to have one but would need to have deep pockets to maintain one even if you could get past the purchase price. If I won the lottery...
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GORGEOUS looking boats... but for the money, it's a no brainer... CHRIS WHITE ATLANTIC 55! Made the mistake of crewing one from NS to PR...now I'm love struck. Much less $$$ than the Gunboat, amazing fit and finish and they absolutely fly (comfortably).

Gunboat, Chris White... can't go wrong. One can only dream
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Re: Gunboats: Any First Hand Info?

I read this post two days ago and then jumped on to Youtube and watched a heap of the vid's on Gunboats. I am in Love.

I have hardly been thinking of anything else for the last two days. One of the posts notes that asking is about $3 900 000 which is good because i just checked my bank account and I am only short about 3 899 999...
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I read this post two days ago and then jumped on to Youtube and watched a heap of the vid's on Gunboats. I am in Love.

I have hardly been thinking of anything else for the last two days. One of the posts notes that asking is about $3 900 000 which is good because i just checked my bank account and I am only short about 3 899 999...
hey, me too. Who'd a thunk it?
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Re: Gunboats: Any First Hand Info?

I looked hard at the GB48 and the A57. I've never found a good car metaphor but how about this one:

Everybody wants to take a cheerleader to the prom but if you want someone to date afterwards...
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