Bill’s Boat Blog: Gunboat 66

This carbon cat is fire hose fast. From "Bill's Boat Blog" for our April 15, 2010, CW Reckonings

April 14, 2010

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Courtesy Of Gunboat

Some boatbuilders 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 Gunboat is one of only a few companies that build all carbon cruising cats with crazy speed potential. The new Gunboat 66 is a big, bad speed machine that has the sail area, the light, stiff hulls, and the waterline length that makes “cruising” at 30 knots a possibility. There’s lots of 60 to 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, or get too wet, all while being well looked after in a large comfortable accommodations plan. Check out this video of another Gunboat blasting past an 80-foot race boat. The Gunboat passed the maxi like it was standing still.


These cats redefine “cruising”. Just don’t expect to spend lazy afternoons catching rays on trampolines between the bows. This boat 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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