MehmetCan, great post and all excellent points!
I would also agree with SVNeko though in regards to being on hair trigger with such a lightweight vessel and large sail plan. The Gunboat is truly a remarkable yacht and I'm sure we'd all love to have one if we had the spare change, but ultimately does a "cruising" cat really need to be that high performance?
The more these massive cats are pushed to the edge, the greater the chance for disaster. Of course this all boils down to good seamanship and overall responsibility for ship and crew, but why push that hard? At the bleeding edge of a "cruising" cat, they begin to lean more and more towards a racing
backbone with the comforts of home... the question is where that tipping point exists (no pun intended!).
Assuming the owner of a Gunboat wants to sail privately with their own family/friends and not a hired professional crew, how relaxing can it be with a sled like this when you're cruising and not simply out for a joy ride in your hot rod? When the winds crank up or even worse you're over canvased and a big breeze comes through will you be able to recover from a bad mistake (we've all made them - or will at some point!). Any offshore passage
on a boat like this (especially w/out a crew) would require real vigilance.
My tone here might be misleading and to clarify I'm not "anti-gunboat." They are great cats that can be sailed safely...but to me this discussion is about a bigger issue of performance vs safety
for vessels in the owner/operator category.
As for the A57, is (approximately) a $1.5MM price
difference really worth the extra 5' on a Gunboat 62?!? Not sure bigger is always better... or worth it! Then again if you can afford an A57 then I suppose you can choose whatever toy suits you best
As a side note.. This topic reminds me of discussions that arose when VLJs (for those pilots out there) came on the market. Professional pilots took great concern over the the introduction
of fast, high flying single engine
jet aircraft marketed towards the wealthy private owner/operator. Not necessarily a direct comparison to this thread and perhaps not a great parellel, but (to me) it carried the same general issues of where that line between performance and safety
Now, back to checking my power ball tickets so I can report first hand on Gunboat ownership