Gunboat boss Nils Ericson got bored on the plane to the Caribbean and came up with this gem of a Form Guide for the high performance, HNW, hard-partying luxury cat racing class at the BVI. This is too good a piece for plain old pimpin’, but always consider the source! Hot on the heels of the St. Thomas International Regatta, this year’s BVI Spring Regatta may well feature the hottest collection of performance multihulls ever assembled on Virgin Island waters. This burgeoning market segment is seeing new players in what was once Gunboat’s private playground, and with events not only in the Caribbean but in places like Palma (where last summer’s Multihull Cup attracted 3 Gunboats, an HH-66, MC2-60 and APC78), the future of big multihull sailing looks bright indeed… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
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Clean Report – The Gunboat G4′s famous flip in St. Barth’s a couple of years ago didn’t do wonders for the marketing plan behind that ‘cruising’ foiler, but the dedicated racers developing the DNA F4 one-design spinoff of the G4 have been following a different, more logical path. Two-time America’s Cup winner Shannon Falcone (who sailed the G4 extensively) and the team at DNA have been working up the 30-knot-plus machine in Antigua to find her limits before going into full production, and they found those limits a few weeks ago while testing the boat on a squally day off the West Coast of the island… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
This week’s Sailing Anarchy Podcast features two sailors who’ve fallen in love with sailing fast, and when they say fast, they don’t mean 15 knots! First we grabbed forty minutes with male pin-up model, VOR/AC veteran, and 24-hr monohull recordholder (aboard Comanche) Shannon Falcone, picking his brain about testing and delivering the F4 foiling cat, who he sees as favorites for the America’s Cup, and whether he’s even interested in it anymore. Follow Shannon here. Follow the SA Podcast on iTunes here or Stitcher here… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
Gunboat USA’s is well-documented for the multihull sector. Hall Spars just reportedly sent out the official notices of theirs, showing that even the world’s best racing spar builder isn’t immune. Hathaway Reiser shows that sailmakers – even from the 1800s – can’t hold it together. Brewer’s Yacht Yard seems to have sort-of saved itself by selling to a marina holding company. And now, Navtec USA gets on the list of shuttered American sailing outfits, with at least one Anarchist warning that ‘another unnamed northeast raceboat building company…will likely be shuttering their doors soon.’ Fortunately, we have God to thank for the bounty that is soon to come. Everyone, hold your breath…and….GO! For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
SORC once again delivers on one of the quickest races in the land, this time, a recordbreaker. From Chris Woolsey (and go here for more great photos from Marco Oquendo and the SORC media team):
Every so often, the weather gods deliver the famous conditions that bring people back to the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race year after year after year. For starters, winter storms up north usually have folks looking to points south by the time the new year rolls around. South Florida and the warm waters of the Gulfstream always provide a welcome place to thaw out. Couple that with the South Florida winter cold front cycle of a new blast of NE breeze every few days, which allow high speeds on nice waves down and around the bend of the Florida Keys to the Happy Place known as Key West, and you have a recipe for something more fun than shoveling snow and crossing items off of the honey-do list.
So it goes to figure that those blasting conditions would coincide with the race date roughly every other year, delivering racers to Key West overnight as quickly as (I Dream of) Jeannie can fold her arms, blink and say “Pepe’s!” As is sometimes the case, those conditions were a bit overdue, with the last all-out downwind romp coming in 2007. Those who made it for the 2017 running, hosted as always by Lauderdale Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club, finally got a treat.
As a result, David and Peter Askew, and their all-star crew (including AC legend Marco Constant, Star world champ Phil Trinter, Ralf Steitz, Chris Larson, and half the Alvimedica VOR team) on the Reichel Pugh 74 Wizard romped across the finish line in record time, and pushed Carrera’s 2005 monohull record run to second-best by a few minutes. Jason Carroll’s warhorse Gunboat 62 “Elvis”, with Anderson Reggio navigating, crossed a few minutes later to take the overall quickest time (thanks to a later multihull class start), but never threatened Stars & Stripes record pace of last century. The happy crew revelled in letting the big cat get out and really stretch her legs in the fresh conditions.
The rest of the fleet is still rolling in and we may yet see some surprises in the results. Hook in, hold on and stand by.
If your dream boat was the Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48, you may wish to steer clear for a bit; the boat at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis seems to have some legal issues…
In other news, the new Gunboat is rising from the ashes of their bankruptcy on the back of the just-announced Gunboat 68. It’s just vaporware as of today, but with orders already placed, we expect we’ll see this gorgeous creature IRL before too long. and she looks gorgeous. The VPLP design seems to integrate some of the swoopier, sexier lines of the Nigel Irens boats (G55, G60) without losing the look of power and substantialness of the more enduring 48/62/66. With longtime SA’ers running the project, you can of course get firsthand info in the forums. Find Nils and Mer hanging out at the boatshow.
While we’re grateful to have support of awesome sponsors throughout the sport, we’re even more grateful when they have real news instead of just press releases! Just six months after launch, the first in a new line of Morrelli & Melvin designed, high-performance carbon cruising cats proved her racing prowess, with HH-6601 R-Six winning her first regatta! The six-boat fleet gathered at Port Adriano last week for the inaugural Multihull Cup – a new event designed to provide a fun and competitive regatta platform for 50′ and over performance cruising multis. Other participants included three M&M designed Gunboat 66s: Slim, Coco de Mer, and Outnumbered; the Nigel Irens’ custom 78’ Allegra and a 60′ Bañuls’ MC2 Dragon.
Harry Dunning was named the official rating authority by the Multihull Cup organizers; his complex and impartial rating system takes into account weight, waterline and sail area measurements as well as daggerboard and rudder dimensions. The system sees further adjustment each day based on wind conditions and course length as determined by the race committee.
Racing took place over three gorgeous days, with one race sailed each day. Mostly sunny skies, decent sized wind swell and variable breeze set the tone for an exciting weekend of racing. R-SIX performed strongly each day, finishing third on day one, 12min 34sec behind Allegra and 1min 12sec behind SLIM, third on day two 7min 42sec behind Allegra and 52 sec behind Coco de Mer, and ending the regatta in dominating fashion on day three, taking line honors and finishing 49 sec ahead of Allegra and 5min 55sec ahead of both SLIM and Coco de Mer, who finished within one second of each other. On corrected time, R-SIX placed 1st on day one, 2nd on day two, and 1st on day three…
Join the 1% while paying less than 1% of her original price! Rainmaker has hit the market for a reserve price of just $15,000, with the salvage auction closing in early September.
From Cooper Salvage:
Description: Vessel dismasted during severe weather and was abandoned. Vessel was recovered after being at sea for over a year.
Type of water damage: Salt. No shit.
(May 3, 2016) – Gunboat International was sold at auction to GL Yachting USA and the sale is expected to close on Friday. Principals at Grand Large Yachting, which consists of French builders Allures Yachting, Garcia Yachting and Outremer Yachting, reserved comment prior to the closing. Gunboat filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2015, with founder Peter Johnstone stepping down earlier this year. – Trade Only, full report
We learned several hours ago that the Gunboat 55 Rainmaker has indeed been found, and here’s where truth gets stranger than fiction. The long-discussed G55, whose saga is here in all its glory, was spotted by members of Oracle Team USA while they were on a fishing trip off Bermuda! A boat named Tenacious is slowly towing her back to base, and we’ll have more when it’s available. Photo courtesy of Craig McFarlane and thanks to our friends for the heads up – you know who you are.
The G4 flip in St. Barts last winter cost Gunboat more than a hundred grand and potentially millions in lost sales.
A Sailing World RIB wrecking the same G4 in October’s Boat of the Year competition cost Gunboat around a hundred grand in cash and potentially millions in lost sales.
Alleged fraud from Hudson Marine (China) allegedly cost Gunboat millions.
The Rainmaker debacle and subsequent handling of existing orders definitely cost millions.
Add ‘em all up and whaddya get? A bargain, possibly. Who wants some?
Gunboat International, a manufacturer of luxury carbon fiber sailing catamarans, is headed to auction.
The motion in bankruptcy court comes after owner and founder Peter Johnstone, who is from a family of sailboat builders, filed for Chapter 11 restructuring in November.
Gunboat can entertain what is called a “stalking horse bidder,” according to court documents — a viable initial bid on the business that would seek to avoid low bids by other interested parties.
“The debtor seeks to sell the assets free and clear of all liens, claims, encumbrances, interests and any other rights,” said court documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, where Gunboat is based.
Little nice video to depict the joy of sailing a cruising cat. Video posted in our CSN Fb by Team Jade. I hope someone can continue to build these great cruising Cats.
(November 18, 2015) – Gunboat, a provider of high performance, luxury catamarans, announced today that it had filed for Chapter 11 protection under the Federal Bankruptcy Code. Company owner Peter Johnstone reports the decision followed a two year period of adverse business circumstances. Full report.
Taiwan-based Hudson Yacht and Marine Industries blamed design flaws in Gunboat International’s models, not builder error, for problems that resulted in warranty claim disputes and eventually in Gunboat filing a lawsuit against HYM.
In addition to a breach-of-contract counterclaim, HYM filed a defamation counterclaim, saying Gunboat made a Facebook post and sent an email newsletter criticizing the skills and staff turnover at HYM, “indicating that only boats built in the United States or Europe can meet a certain standard of quality.”
Gunboat, a North Carolina builder of luxury carbon fiber sailing catamarans that had contracted HYM to construct some of its larger models in Taiwan, sued the company in Rhode Island’s U.S. District Court after alleging that HYM had built subpar boats and then refused to fix the problems.
HYM denied the allegations and filed a counterclaim that said HYM was not contractually liable for damages resulting from defective design.
Full story on Soundings Trade Only Today
Taiwan-based Hudson Yachts and Marine Industries (HYM) is “vehemently” denying allegations in a lawsuit filed by Gunboat International alleging that HYM produced subpar Gunboat models, refused to perform warranty work on them and then launched a competing “knockoff” brand. HYM is now the builder for HH Catamaran, which offers the HH55 and HH65 designed by Morrelli & Melvin. Full report.
The conclusion to Jen Edney’s G4 delivery story. Part 1 is here.
The best watches were typically sitting on 14-22 knots. Shannon would perch up at the helm with various gourmet snacks, euro-techno blaring, and hitting speeds at up to 25 knots. A two time winner of the America’s Cup, he has an almost incessant need to push. We all had tremendous confidence in his ability to multi-task while foiling at 25 knots, even in the dark.
The most challenging night was beam-on seas and breeze with gusts into the 30’s. We sailed with two reefs in the main and a reefed solent. The G4 handled brilliantly, albeit a bit wet. When cells of breeze rolled through, we’d simply bear off 20-30 degrees and let her unleash into the high teens. It was a wet and somewhat rough evening.
By the end of the passage, we all felt calm and at home sitting on speeds in the high teens. Eating, sleeping, walking around at this speed became normal. We had two days where we clocked between 350 and 400 miles – in cruising mode. “These are seriously big numbers,” Peter said to me. “This really may be the ultimate coastal cruiser for the performance set, easily sailed by 1-2 people.”
“There’s an inherent thing about speed and adrenaline and when you add it into an uncontrollable environment like the ocean, says Shannon. “All that foiling does is make you want to go sailing! Life has gotten so fast paced that people want to go cruising at 5 knots, but to have the option to up the ante to 25 on the G4 is something special.”
Peter is, as usual, full of vision. “The goal has always been to develop a coastal cruiser/racer that people like us, who get their performance fix from multihulls, kiteboards, racing yachts, or other waterborne activities, can handle with our families,” he told me. “We wanted Formula 40 speed with shorthanding ability, and during the development process, it became clear that foiling and flying would definitely be possible and an added benefit for our target audience. With hindsight, the foiling is absolutely brilliant.”
Peter said that the G4 can be pushed so much harder than any forty-foot performance cat, and the numbers bear it out: A F40 would top out at 23 knots, the original AC45 would top out at 27 knots, and beyond that, a pitchpole. The G4 has already been over 31 knots, and has plenty more to offer in speed. In summary, the foils take the G4 concept to a another level.
Shannon thought the concept worked best in the sense that you have something that can smoke so many things on a performance level yet you can really cruise it. “For me this is a weekend sailor, but it opens up your range for that weekend with the miles that it can eat up,” he said. “Like the original Gunboat, the G4 opens up a new door to how cruising can be perceived.”
“It’s not just about the boat, it’s about the concept of foiling in general, explains Shannon. “When people experience it, you don’t have to convince them of anything.” As a guy with a big family and hundreds of young local island fans, he’s clearly excited about what it means for the future. He preached to me: “Everything that’s happening in our sport will make it more accessible, kids will have more fun sailing than opti-training, and sailors who appreciate progression will rekindle their passion for sailing. People who have sailed their whole life will be blown away by it and people who have never sailed before will say ‘holy shit why has it taken so long?!’”
I’ve said “Holy Shit!” numerous times over the past couple of months – from going bow down into a wave while foiling on a GC32, nearly getting sliced in half by Moths while shooting under water, and helming a foiling cat offshore, and I hope I never have to stop saying it. And with the wave of exciting developments in innovation and design – and in how those innovations are being shared with the young people who are the future of the sport by folks embracing and nurturing their passions – It’s hard not to be excited.
Crossing the Pacific to fisnish a regatta in Hawaii must be the most rewarding effort, racing on a Cat is always a pleasure x2. – Images & Report sent by Rachel Jasperen / Phaedo Team, Video at https://vimeo.com/134598446 –
Phaedo wins class in Transpac 2015
"Lloyd Thornburg and the crew of his blood orange Gunboat 66 Phaedo came from behind in the final hours of the 2015 Transpac to win
(July 14, 2015) – The first of four staggered starts got underway yesterday for the 48th edition of the LA-Honolulu Transpac Race, with 22 entries in Divisions 7 and 8 now on the 2225 nm course. The fleet has now fanned out, with 50 nm separating the high and low roads after approximately 200 nm of racing. For a video recap of day one, click here.
The final start on Saturday, July 18 will be for the fastest boats in the fleet, which was to include the 105-foot maxi trimaran Lending Club 2. However, as their aspiration is record breaking, a difficult weather forecast later in the week has them now tentatively leaving Wednesday (July 15), thus withdrawing from the Transpac Race.
With the departure of Lending Club, the multihull fleet becomes a Gunboat event with one 62-footer and two 66-footers. One of the teams that will be on the start line Saturday is the Gunboat 66 Extreme H2O, with watch captain Malcolm Park providing this update on PressureDrop.us:
“The owner has always held the vision that that his boat was to be a fast cruising boat. What has changed, since we picked up the boat in South Africa three years ago, is how to use advanced design, construction and ergonomics to improve the almost ten year old boat.
“The most significant design changes from a stock GB66 are the 4.3m deep “C” foils that provide nearly 4 tons of lift at 20 knots of boat speed, a generous sail plan that allows us to fly a hull in as little as 12 TWS, a rotating mast with a cross beam and longeron all built by Southern Spars that allow us to carry up to 8 tons of luff tension on our furling sails. Some of the ergonomic changes include a proper curved traveler mounted on the aft beam along with tiller steering.
“Our peak speed so far is just over 30 knots… we can sustain in the low 20’s in a flat sea state. However, the forward cockpit at speed is perhaps the wettest place I have been on a boat. We started with six drains in that little cockpit and now we are adding two more monster drains. On the Cabo Race, I was up there with 2-feet of water in that cockpit! The good news is that when you come off of watch, you can take a hot shower.
“As for rating the field, the multihull fleet has taken their rating out of the PHRF realm and we will be racing with VPP ratings generated by Harry Dunning using the Transpac wind Matrix. The ratings were generated using scale weights for the boats and supplied weight declarations for the gear that will be on board for the race. This will be the first VPP / TOT racing I have done on a multihull and I am optimistic that this will be the future of handicap rating for multihulls.”
Takes a lickin’, and keeps on…well, floating. Not much left on the Rainmaker, but with every hatch torn off and as much ocean inside as out, Gunboat 55 #1 has certainly proven to be unsinkable. Here’s the note sent in by the container ship taking the snaps.
I did’t make any rescue manoever to check the Boat. Hull looks in good condition. The danger is that any ship at night will crash into this hull, then I guess it will be damage.
with kind regards
mit freundlichen Gruessen
G. Reinhard Peer
“CMV Chicago Express”
Since getting his walking papers along with the rest of the Luna Rossa team, 5-time AC’er Shannon Falcone is playing with some new toys. Having locked up the win on Thursday, a local took his spot on the Gunboat G4 for Friday’s race so Shannon could shoot some foiling action from the sky. Here’s a look at this budding videographer’s movie, and you can check out all the week’s videos and pics on the Gunboat Facebook Page.
Sick of the G4 yet? We’re not. It’s fast, it’s bold, and it unabashedly sticks up the middle finger to the establishment. More importantly, the concept works. And it works better than even the ever-optimistic Peter Johnstone expected.
We’ll have a world-exclusive Antigua race report and boat review from our Senior Editor soon, and a comprehensive video walkthrough of the boat and all her systems later this week. Until then, click HD and watch it big.
At a scarily beautiful 18 years old, Lauren Gineo was one of the earliest Sailor Chicks of the Week. And now, nearly a decade later, the URI college racer, windsurfer, and longtime Gunboat crew is now our first-ever Sailor Mom of the Week. She’s sailing aboard the G55 Toccata with husband Adam this week, but she took the time to begin indoctrinating the next generation of high-performance sailor aboard the G4. Meet 8-month old helmsmen Ben, who will likely be Gunboat racing on Friday in Antigua, and almost definitely racing foiling boats in about 18 years.
The G4 ‘Wipeout’ video has already racked up some 330,000 views in less than a week, well on its way to million-view status. But I barely had time to enjoy it last week before Gunboat Marketing chief Lauren Bataille sent me a text message.
“Still coming?” she wrote of my already-booked trip to Antigua for some G4 racing at Sailing Week.
Maybe I’m crazy, but watching a sweet 30-knot run segue into a gentle capsize didn’t make me nervous; in fact, it had the opposite effect, and sitting here at Newark airport waiting for a connection to Antigua, I find myself watching that video over and over again. What would I do? Where would I hang on? Do I really want to find out?
My answer remains as it was in my response to Lauren. “Hell f*&^ing yes!”
My seven-months pregnant wife always knows how to cut to the chase. “If she flips, be sure it wasn’t your fault,” was her first directive. “Oh, and wear a helmet. And have fun.” That part should be no problem at all.
Got questions about the interior, the exterior, the foils, the stove, the capsize, the electrical system…or anything else? Well, so do we. Plant yours in the G4 thread (without being a dick) and we’ll try to get an answer for you. Keep an eye in the forum, on the front page, and especially on SA Facebook for video and pics from Antigua.
The Gunboat brand of catamaran delivers premium comfort and performance, and while the founding premise was to produce world cruisers, their no-compromise approach has attracted some owners eager to test themselves on the race course. However, the brand is about to quantum shift up… literally… with their latest 40-footer, the foiling G4.
Equipped with showers, galley, and queen-sized beds on the topside, the underside of the G4 will have T-Foil rudders and L-Foil daggerboards – not your usual cruising boat blades.
The DNA Design Team from Holland, best known for their three-time World Champion DNA A-Class catamaran, has drawn the G4 lines. Mischa Heemskerk, 2012 A-Class World Champion and a mechanical engineer by training, has been responsible for foils and performance.
With the G4 sea trials soon to begin, Mischa provides an update on what to expect…
What are the performance expectations of the G4? Will the boat fully foil?
The boat will be fully foiling with the hulls about 60cm above the water. My expectations are for the boat to reach a speed of 40 knots on flat water. With the foils at minimum rake, it will damp the movements of the boat making it a pleasant cocktail ride.
How adjustable are the foils?
The main foil can rake fore and aft over 10 degree’s (-3 till +7), while the rudder can rake 4 degree’s (-2 till +2). Since this is a cruiser-racer, we have made the daggerboard case for the first boat extra long with three pre-set positions so we can move the daggerboard to the optimum balance point during sailing.
Are the concerns of foil damage greater than a multihull with non-foiling blades?
Foiling makes for higher speeds, but with the platform elevated, the concern of the hull taking the first impact is eliminated. Plus the foils are an amazing example of mechanical art, shape, geometry and construction. Since the boards have to carry the complete load of the boat, their construction and carbon quantity is very high which makes them strong.
When are the sea-trials planned?
The boat was built by Holland Composites in the Netherlands and has been shipped to St Maarten. I will be greeting its arrival on March 26, and our plan is to have the first sail on April 1. If all goes well we hope to race in the Les Voiles de St. Barths (Apr 13-18) and Antigua Race week (Apr 26-May 1).
How large a leap forward do you expect the G4 to be?
The G4 is a significant leap forward in the ability for cruising boats to maximize their sailing range per day. Using proven technology as shown in the latest America’s Cup, and by adapting details that we have since learned, the G4 makes foiling available for everyone.
The G4 is being sent to St Marteen to arrive March 26. The big question mark of this milestone boat for the industry will be its foils and a safe ride.
Builder Holland Composites above making a stress test over a G4 foil. Process description detailed in the video. Comments by PJ: "At Holland Composites BV we did this bend test on the G4 big lifting foil. 4600 kgf is a lot on a tip of a board
by Bill Springer, Swizzle Media
Lots of very smart people have been working to develop and produce a reliable, affordable, effective, and lightweight electric/hybrid electric system to be used on yachts for decades! And I’m not going to bore you with the details of all the electric yacht motors that were launched with great fanfare only to founder on the rocks of electrical engineering reality. But after spending a large and fascinating chunk of time with Oceanvolt‘s Janne Kjellman (a very smart engineer from Finland), I’m going to make a not so dramatic prediction: These folks have figured it out.
And the groundbreaking Gunboat G4 that’s just about to literally “fly” (it looks fast even on a concrete floor, doesn’t it) out of the Dutch boatyard where it was built is making the most of this game-changing technology. And be sure to watch for the full story of the G4 and other disruptive designs that will be running in an upcoming issue of Boat International.
And I say Oceanvolt has figured it out for a couple of reasons. First, they’ve developed a fully integrated system. They’ve designed everything—the motor, and the saildrive arm, and the batteries, and the solar panels and every detail down to the elegant control lever and all the necessary software and touch screen displays to work together seamlessly with a small onboard generator. It’s a true hybrid system that’s reportedly efficient enough to provide the required power and range that can rival a similar diesel system, and provide all the benefits of electric propulsion—utterly silent running, instant torque, extreme weight reduction, simplicity, power regeneration, and don’t forget “greenness” that—let’s face it—will never be possible with a conventional diesel engine(s) and separate generator system. They’ve even developed a smartphone app that will show you the system’s state of charge (as well as the location of your boat and other useful info) anywhere in the world. Needless to say, Oceanvolt has won its share of awards too.
Much more… click here.