Thanks everyone for the comments and questions. Several points:
We have been building Gunboats for 12 years, and have done several series in this size range. We know our weights, and we know our owner payloads. We have watched many aspiring competitors come and go. Many start with overly optimistic claims of performance and weight. We meet our weights. The Gunboat 60 is within 80kgs of her designed weight, and she is capable of a nearly 3 ton payload for world cruising. Most world cruisers will need every ounce of that payload. Most competitors do not offer enough payload for their owners. Their payloads end up getting used by options... Our lightship weight calculations include everything for world cruising less the consumables and people. The RIB
is in there, all of the options available. We do not mess around with marketing
BS on this subject. There are many race
results available to check our performance against others who claim to be lighter or better performing...so far no one in the world cruising cat category has stacked up. You can achieve lighter, but it is simply a question of which comfort or convenience you wish to sacrifice. If you want to camp, we can easily beat anyone's weights!
The Gunboat 60 is intended as a self sufficient world cruiser, first and foremost. She is comfortable and carries every amenity including washer/dryer, full aircon, gourmet galley
, crew quarters, four cabins, four heads, etc. Feature for feature, I can assure you that no one will compare on the amenities that come standard and are already in the weight calculation. Performance-wise, the Gunboat 60 is within 1-2% of her renown Gunboat 66 sister series. In some conditions, the 60 will be quicker, and in some the 66 will be quicker. I can tell you from the preliminary sea trials that the Gunboat 60 is a significant jump forward for Gunboat from its prior work. The new designs are faster, smoother, and pitch
even less. Our design team has the most extensive knowledge and database on this size range in the market. Nigel Irens has delivered everything he promised.
The build quality of our Gunboat 60 is amongst our best to date. It really does not matter where Gunboat builds its boats. We always achieve a world leading standard due to our specifications, designs, oversight, and management. Gunboats have been built in four yards in South Africa
, one in China
, and one in the US. We have achieved excellent results in each and every yard...the country does not matter...unless you are a bigot!
On comparable weights, the Gunboat 60 series is lighter than the Gunboat 62 or 66 series, despite having significantly more furniture, luxuries and amenities included. Our structures are 100% carbon, epoxy
cell. These are the best materials available today. Our resin ratios are very carefully controlled and are at grand prix race
boat ratios to the fibers. The infusion process allows to duplicate our ratios and engineering precisely. It is in our opinion, the best process for a high tech world cruiser to achieve the highest quality laminate.
All of our Gunboat series are designed and engineered for world cruising. I love the armchair pontifications and judgements from folks who have not sailed a Gunboat. Case in point is the Gunboat 55. She is designed to the be the largest cat that a couple can world cruise
as owner-operators without relying on crew or occassional help. The inspiration for the Gunboat 55 came directly from our renown Gunboat 48 series. An owner in Finland
cruises his Gunboat 48 for 9 months out of the year in their archipelago. Rather than be limited to their salon
, they enclosed the aft cockpit
and found that it was no problem to seal out the winter and have one great big open space to make the salon
and aft cockpit
. With their success, an idea became immediately apparent. Why not get rid of the door bulkhead and create one large convertible space? Let's face it, any of us who lived aboard and done some years cruising, know exactly how the boats are used. You step aboard, and you open the doors and windows from the salon to the aft cockpit, and you never close them until you leave the boat, so what is the point? We may as well have one giant space that can be opened up at the aft end. If you cruise
colder climates, or get some muggy rainy weather
, seal it off and turn on the aircon or heat. Our Gunboat 48 in Finland
was already a successfully proven concept
. The Gunboat 55 leapfrogs the idea one step further and opens up the space dramatically.
Before you raise the security
question, let me point out that any sliding door on any cat is not secure. A crowbar can open it in two seconds. The Gunboat 55 has lockable and very secure companionway
doors into each hull
, so the ultimate security
of the Gunboat 55 interior
is quite a bit more substantial than a typical cat.
Coming back to the point of the thread, Gunboat offers two excellent solutions for world cruising. The 55 is likely a more direct comparison to the Outremer
5X in terms of comfort and space. Yet we deliver an all carbon structure with all epoxy resins. In summary, we deliver a boat with superior materials and finish at a similar price
The Gunboat 60 is the ultimate in performance, luxury, finish and quality for the family
going around the world.
In either case, buyers of Gunboats expect the absolute best. They are not so concerned with getting the lowest price
. We certainly cannot charge less. Our materials alone cost more than competitors' retail pricing. It is a low margin business fueled by our passion to deliver the best available. Our record
should be pretty clear to everyone. Our boats have sailed over 2 million miles without a major structural issue. We put in the time with every owner and crew to make sure they really understand their Gunboat. If you step aboard, or really take the time to see how we do things, I think you will agree that no one compares on any level. Any of you are invited to come see our production in NC or in Xiamen.
If you are coming to the Annapolis
Show in October, please be sure to make an appointment through Gunboat. Whatever Gunboat we bring always has a line of 45-90 minutes long to board. I would hate to have anyone serious about Gunboat having to wait.