As a part of my business, beside many monos I had a chance to sail almost entire range of FP, few Lagoon
Last month we had a GB 62 visiting our yard or some small repairs
and the crew was kind enough to offer to me a day sailing
Let me say that neither the boat nor the crew were in racing
mode and she was heavily loaded.
So what makes this boat so different than any other cruising boat ;??
shape and the attention to details..even at 17-18 knots of speed the water
leaving the hulls are extremely smooth and the flow is laminar.. No cavitation/turbulance of any kind;it seems like you are gliding on the oil
-the boat is extremely light and and acceleration is very fast. Close reaching at 28-30 degrees app. 11-12 knots of speed, you tack, for a moment you see 8-9 knots and then back again 11-12 knots on other tack..
-the boat is so fast relative to true wind
that the apparent wind
is almost always fore the beam. There is one furling
screecher for reaching but it's used for either very light winds for dead down wind sailing or until you reach enough speed to take the appparent wind fore the beam. Then, it's furled and you hoist the auto tackle gib...
-sail configuration / rigging
is perfectly in harmony with the overall design/weight of the boat. I would have thought that this kind of light boats would have been reefed earlier. Just the opposite; the extra forces on the sails
with increasing wind is converted to kinetic energy (extra speed..) with ease, thereby, there is not much load to be absorbed by the rigging
. With apparent wind close to 30 knots, we sailed without reefing. When the gust comes, you just depower the boat by steering
a bit more to the wind. The boat is very easy to handle under every circumstance.
-the internal finish of the boat is very good but not outstanding.. Most of the focus must have been put on the overall construction of the boat, design and engineering. The one we had was 11 years old and there were no sign of fatigue or whatsoever on the hulls and the rigging.
Overall, GB 62 is so much different than any other cat (I will sail next month a new Outremer
51 which is missing on my list) but is it worth 3 Mio bucks ?
First of all this boat is not for everyone anyway. If you are looking for space and comfort, you can buy 2 Lagoons 62 . If you need a bit of more fun and still reasonable comfort, there is a Outremer
52 or even 5X again at half price
I believe GB is worth a premium price
over these boats but twice as much could be too much. From diffrent statements of the owner, Mr Jonstone, I understand that they are not making too much money
despite this price. Then, I believe they should focus more on productivity and efficiency to take the costs down without compromising anything on the quality to make this boat more affordable for a larger audiance. Manufacturing them in China
or in the US to achieve this, doesn't really matter..