Some boat builders are responding to these unsettling economic times by launching smaller, more affordable boats, but the folks at Gunboat are charging full steam ahead. Maybe that’s because these guys are one of only a few companies that build all carbon cruising cats and the only ones with fully enclosed bridge deck saloons—and crazy speed potential. The new Gunboat 66 is a big, bad speed machine that has the sail area, light stiff hulls, and the waterline length that makes “cruising” at 30 knots a possibility. There’s lots of 60-80 foot cruising cats out there, but none are designed and built for speed quite like the Gunboats.
Let’s think about this for a minute–30 knots. Now nobody “cruises” at 30 knots, but how about 20 without having to work to hard, or be too scared, all while being well looked after in a large comfortable accommodations plan. I’ve seen video of another Gunboat blasting past a maxi (monohull) that puts these two hulled carbon speed machines in perspective. (I’m hunting that video down and will post it as soon as I can.) The Gunbboat passed the maxi like it was standing still. These boats redefine “cruising”.
And as you can see, these big cats have all the interior space you’ll find on more conventional (and clunky) cruising cats. Just don’t expect to spend lazy afternoons catching rays on trampolines between the bows. These boats will scream even in light air, and the spray coming off the bows will be as strong as a fire hose.
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