Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour

Recently, CW associate editor Jen Brett had the opportunity to check out the new Gunboat factory in Wanchese, NC, on Pamlico Sound to see just what goes into producing this very cool carbon-fiber catamaran.

Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Gunboat 55 hull Number One, "Vanquish"Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
The facility is in Wanchese, North Carolina, which is on Roanoke Island, near the Outer Banks.Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Carbon-fiber panels in vacuum bagsJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
To keep the boats lightweight, Gunboats have a Core-Cell foam and carbon-fiber sandwich constructionJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Materials, like these rolls of carbon fiber, account for 60 percent of the price of a GunboatJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Fitting the Core-Cell perfectly requires X-Acto knife precisionJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Work in progress on a Gunboat 55 interior. The Gunboat 55 comes out of the mold as one complete piece, which not only ensures strength, but also minimal hull fairing.Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Work in progress on a Gunboat 55 interiorJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
A few through a hull before the crash bow is attachedJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
A Gunboat 55 with the crash bow, which is a separate molded piece, attachedJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Gunboat 55s at various stages of completion at the Wanchese, NC, production factory.Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
The interior is a work in progress on this Gunboat 55Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
If you're going to have a cool cat like a Gunboat, you need a cool tender. Here, Gunboat founder and CEO Peter Johnstone shows a carbon fiber RIB, just for Gunboat owners.Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
All navigation, steering and even sail trim takes place from the comfort of the forward section of the main saloon aboard Hull no.1 of the Gunboat 55.Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
It's all in the details ...Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Aboard the massive Gunboat 78, also under construction at the Wanchese, NC, facilityJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
The photo does not do it justice — the new Gunboat 78 is massive.Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
The new Gunboat 60, FlowJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Aboard the Gunboat 60, FlowJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Gunboat 60 main saloonJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Looking forward from inside the main saloon on the Gunboat 60, Flow. Gunboat's facility in Wanchese is located on beautiful Pamlico Sound.Jen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
Gunboats are known for their inside helms and forward cockpitsJen Brett
Gunboat Catamarans Factory Tour
The forward cockpit aboard the Gunboat 60, FlowJen Brett