Headquartered in South Carolina, U.S.A., luxury yacht builder Gunboat manufactures carbon-fibre sailing catamarans ranging from 12 to 27 metres in length.
History of Gunboat
Luxury yacht builder Peter Johnstone, member of the innovative Johnstone family, which owns and operates major U.S. sailing yacht builder J/Boats, grew up racing monohull sailing yachts. When he began cruising long-distance, however, Johnstone realised he wanted to sail with more comfort than a single-hull sailing yacht could provide. In 2001, he launched a high-performance luxury cruising catamaran of his own design, the 18.9-metre Tribe. This luxury sailing yacht was capable of speeds of up to 30 knots, and of sailing 400 miles in a single day. Tribe’s success led Johnstone to found luxury sailing catamaran builder Gunboat. Luxury yacht builder Gunboat manufactures both production sailing yachts and larger custom yachts.
Notable Gunboat Builds
In 2010, luxury yacht builder Gunboat launched its largest sailing catamaran, the 27.43-metre Gunboat 90 megayacht Sunshine. The Gunboat 90 was designed by Morelli & Melvin, a firm well known for their work with America’s Cup racing catamarans.
In 2011, the 20.11-metre Gunboat 66 Phaedo entered the Transatlantic Race and won the race’s Open Division, beating the 88-metre superyacht Maltese Falcon.
Specialisations of Gunboat
Luxury yacht builder Gunboat constructs high performance cruising and racing catamarans utilising carbon fibre and post-cured epoxies.