We have watched many designs claim to be faster than a Gunboat. No one will have any real idea of the performance of a new concept until it shows up on the water. There are too many variables between the design and the final sailing boat. We are flattered to evidently be the benchmark for this custom project, even if it is nothing like a Gunboat 55.
The Gunboat Class has ten years of results on the same courses as a wide variety of multis and monos. Everyone will have an opinion based on those results. The trend over that time is a progressive increase in speed of the Gunboat fleet.
The simpler design parameters of LAT21's custom project could be compared to varying older efforts with similar design parameters:
- Spronk (various)
- Conser 47/50
- Outremer 55 Light
- Etincelle 57/60
These examples sacrificed systems, finish, comfort and space for less weight, and lower budget, while aiming for more performance.
Wishing LAT21 easy fair winds on the quarter through the whole build process, and into ownership.