And after the race for the 1st between two racing boats, the third place is disputed between three big luxurious performance cruisers, all with a great cruising interior but able to go very fast.
The theoretically faster boat, the Catamaran Gunboat 62 seems to be losing for the Nauta 78 and the Southern Wind 72, the one that had chosen the more Northern, route is coming down much faster. It will be interesting to see if it can beat the Nauta.
Let's have a quick look at these boats ad first let's talk about the Cat.
The Gunboat 62 was built between 2000 and 2005 mad five boats were built, the one racingwa originally the RANA then the LICKITY SPLIT and now ZENYATTA, yes three owners alrteady
Curiously the founder of Gunboats was a Jboat man, Peter Johnstone ,here the story:
Peter was born into the J Boats (J22, J24, J80, J109, etc) family. Sailboat racing came naturally to him. Sailing accolades include All-American status in Collegiate sailing, and victories in 15 Continental Sailing Championships. While racing consumed Peter's earlier years and instilled a lifelong pursuit for speed, his real passion has been bluewater cruising.
With over 100,000 ocean miles on his own boats, and record attempts as helmsman aboard record-setting mega-cats Playstation and Team Adventure, Peter formed strong views about what a performance cruising boat should be.
Tired of leaning over for days on his 70' keelboat, rolling for weeks at anchor, and with no visibility or real comfort, Gunboat founder Peter Johnstone knew a better cruising solution could be found.
"I wanted to sail level without putting everything away everytime we went sailing. I wanted large enough spaces for true privacy and relaxation. I wanted to be able to walk around without bumping into everyone and everything. Offshore, I wanted the ultimate safety, and to reliably achieve 300+ mile days. Most of all, I wanted those around me to enjoy the sailing."
A catamaran was the logical direction, yet nothing on the market satisfied Peter's vision. He'd been in a similar situation twice before. Both times required a paradigm shifting innovation.
Recognizing the need for yet another paradigm shift, Peter set out to develop his own 62' catamaran. Simply put, the 62' would apply proven durable race boat technology towards the ultimate cruising boat. TRIBE launched in 2001. She exceeded performance expectations, handled like a sportscar, sailed upwind at 15 knots, and downwind above 30. In cruising mode, she achieved nearly 400 miles on a good day, and reliably 300 miles. With a year and half spent aboard cruising with his children, Peter returned home with refinements for further Gunboats.
Shortly after the build of Tribe, word spread and customers sought out Peter to produce more Gunboats. A personal vision became a thriving business. Now, Gunboat manufactures very refined series at 55, 60 and 78.
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Funny that they did not mention it but the Gunboats, even if under Peter Johnstone requeirements were and are in fact designed by the america Nas Morrelli & Melvin, specialized in multihulls:
In 2001 Morrelli & Melvin designed a pair of 62' performance-oriented catamarans for clients Clint Clemens and Peter Johnstone. These two Morrelli & Melvin 62's were built by Harvey Yachts in Cape Town , South Africa .
These boats turned out so well that eventually Peter Johnstone formed a company called GUNBOAT to produce these designs. Two more 62's were built by Jaz Marine in Cape Town .
The next several clients desired more interior volume and amenities so the original Morrelli & Melvin 62' design was lengthened to 66' and branded the GUNBOAT 66. Morrelli & Melvin refined the structures, rigs, and layouts in order to optimize this design.
Morrelli & Melvin also designed a 48' high performance cruising catamaran for GUNBOAT. These 48's have proven to be a very popular and capable design, nearly equaling the stellar performance of the 62's.
In 2007, Morrelli & Melvin embarked on a 90' design for a repeat Morrelli & Melvin 62 owner. This design was constructed at the GUNBOAT yard in Cape Town and was launched in April 2010. Sea trials were completed in the US at the end of 2010.
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Here you can see a sister boat:
This is the one that is racing the ARC:
and a visit to another Gunboat 62.