After test-flying the fully foiling G4 from Gunboat and Holland Composites in St. Martin for the last several days, I can’t stop smiling. And I’m sure any of the lucky few who were there for the first flights would agree. Words, and even the remarkable photos of the first days of G4 flight from the lovely and talented Richard and Rachel at Ocean Images, can’t fully capture what it feels like to sail/fly aboard a 40-foot catamaran that’s not only capable of hitting 31.9 knots, but is also equipped with comfy bunks, and 360-degree visibility in the large main saloon, and even a kitchen sink and a fridge, for cripes’ sake! And wait till you see how big the cockpit is.
So I’m not even going to try.
Just watch this video. And be sure to watch it on a high-res computer in full-screen mode. And, oh yeah, turn the volume up. This is what pure speed sounds like. And this is only a taste. Be sure to watch for my full report in an upcoming issue of Boat International and for much more info, including a stunning video from Gunboat that shows much, much more than just the underside of the bridgedeck!
And if you really want to see what the future looks like in person, head on down to St. Barth for Les Voiles next week, or Antigua Sailing Week later this month. The G4 is sure to be one of the main attractions.