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  1. Ha! I will pretty much do anything for payment in beer. I think your question deserves a better answer and thanks for putting it into perspective from an owners point of view. I'll definitely keep that in mind more often in future. I don't know how all the 60+ boats are used but the simple answer is that the vast majority of them do use some form of full time crew. That being said I have a few examples to point out and it all depends on the owner's personal ability, time availability and the boat's program (Race,cruise, both?). A Gunboat 60 that used to be run out of Thailand by an owner
  2. Hi Wess, I don't know all the history but as far as I know the 6 x Gunboat 48's and the 55's are owner operator boats, although I know some people take help on board for longer passages and do use day workers. The 48's were very systems-simple. I can't speak for all, but if I buy a 2+ mil dollar boat I'd find better ways to spend my time than scrubbing hull bottoms.
  3. The Sunroof is 'top mounted', not in a recess. I remember challenging Christophe Chedal Anglay to integrate it without a recess, of course he would want it completely flush! So he designed a slowly angling recess going fwd, which means the whole area self-drains fwd. Then there is a little gutter fwd of the recess to stop those annoying drips in the fwd cockpit and carbon tubes that lead the drips outboard. The B&G processor gets the rotation angle from the electronic (industrial magnetic) sensor under the rig. It needs to be calibrated of course and we measure/mark it from the real
  4. Remember you want to be able to pull huge amounts of clew load without affecting the car. If the sheet was inboard it would pull the car inboard. With the sheet going up it loads the car 'upwards' and yes keeping relative tension is good, but losing some when coming through the tack isn't a bad thing. That's why on some boats you see the track actually inverts on CL. We also have a car inhaul line that is sheeted to CL, this way you can inhaul the car at will. (because the pressure on the sail is pushing the car outboard)
  5. I understand your point of view. Here's my humble opinion: Of the +-32 boats sailing I think there are 10 boats that routinely race and all of those boats spend the vast majority of their time cruising. There are millions of miles done and several circumnavigations. Our brief or thought process is always to make the fast-cruiser happy first while trying to maintain options for the racer. I think the image that Gunboats are more race-inspired may stem from the content creation. It is just a function of events that during races we have a lot of photos, videos and press going out. Who doesn't lo
  6. That is the J0 or FRO (Fractional Reacher) which is a bit of a silly name because it actually goes upwind. We do not have an overlapping solent, so there was a gap in our sail plan in light air upwind. This sail sheets inside the shrouds (or outside for more downwind stuff if you like) to the aft beam. The North guys 3D modelling on this stuff is mind blowing. When you look up you do not think that sail will ever work there, but it is a absolute weapon. The J3 (Trinquette inside of forestay) and J2 (Solent on forestay): Either of these can be on the self tacker or led to winches. We have
  7. Sorry Soma, someone's gotta stay behind and do the real work! I'll be at some events in due course. Enjoy Thank you ZG! There are tillers and too be honest we are still doing some final tweaks to those. Integrating nicely into a system and keeping it light to the touch took a bit more than we planned. We'll ship those over to the boat for the first races. Without making too many excuses - it was gusting +-10 knots with shifts and we didn't have the best guy on the helm (Me!) but we did sustained skimming and a little fly, no brown underpants moments. We hear you and are worki
  8. Check out this video of the Gunboat 68. The helico shoot stuff is around 2 minute mark. Man was that a fun drive.
  9. Firstly the important thing is to analyse load hour by hour. Most builders take the total consumers and total producers and size the system according to that. No need to do anything more because you have a gigantic producer (Genset) you can turn on at any point. One of our engineers made this monster spreadsheet study (yes we are full geeks when it comes to this stuff), taking real world loads that we requested from skippers in the fleet and we 'ran' them on and off hourly in the spreadsheet. We then sat with the owner to understand how he cares to use the boat. When will he likely use aircon,
  10. Hi everybody I've been a "little" busy the past few months, but happy to jump back in the thread to address a few queries and give some updates. I apologise for the long post! Firstly, Gunboat 68-01 CONDOR has left France and she is headed south. To clarify she is not racing to make any race, she will be taking it very easy and will be arriving at her sunny destinations in her own time. Watch this space. If you’re realistic, a new boat always has teething issues and we are closely in touch with Condor to support. The owner and crew have been incredibly patient with our (small) delay
  11. You're absolutely right, you need a V-type split around the fattest part of the mold.
  12. Happy to! Definitely prefer to build the bows in one go, but it becomes a little hard with certain other constraints/must-haves: The reverse bow means it becomes extremely tight in the bottom. You can glue the hullside on but then all the taping has to be done from the outside. I've done this before on a similar type of boat and it does work, just means you have a bit more fine tuning to do on the inside before gluing to ensure a really good blind glue joint. That being said, VPLP really wanted a proper crash bow, our detail is very similar to most of their offshore tri's: The
  13. Yep, our model builder has taken some initiative with the board design! That mini-68 arrived here all banged up from the travel... we managed to repaint her in time for the boat show but the boards will have to be sorted later on. Fortunately tonight we're having a few drinks next to the real thing...
  14. I'll take the journalists article from 2015 with a pinch of salt. The Gunboat 60, 55 series, the HH66 "Flash", HH55 Minnehaha are all sailing around quite happily with swept back bows and forward cockpits. In fact, the Irens (GB60,55)and VPLP designs (GB68) with the exterior design done by Chedal Anglay have rounded bow sections, I've personally seen how this is more effective in allowing water slamming against the hulls to peel over the top of the hull and shed the water, rather than creating a great big splash of water. These boats are drier as a result. There will always be situations where
  15. Hi guys! This is all a bit subjective and I was certainly throwing the word 'axe' around loosely. I would say between a reverse/wave piercing and a reverse or swept back axe bow...probably more towards an axe bow. A pure wave piercing bow is what you find on Macif floats for instance, Macif was indeed an inspiration for the bow design during the conception of the Gunboat 68. Here's an interesting article from a few years back that tried to sum in up. https://www.sailmagazine.com/multihulls/a-look-at-wave-piercing-bows-on-multihulls Now, please stop posting photos of steel
  16. I won’t try to get into the nitty-gritty of naval architecture behind this (because I’ll probably embarrass myself!) but in short: yes, there has been significant development of hullshapes over the past fifteen years (the 62 hull was drawn about 15 years ago!). The hullshapes are drawn with a computer, but so were they 15 years ago. The radical difference has come in the form of much better CFD analysis. You’ll notice a similar pattern throughout the raceboat world, even in monohulls with boats becoming faster the hull bottom is flatter because it is less in displacement mode less often. The o
  17. I am by no means soma's replacement but I will be sharing some Anarchists' exclusive updates from time to time direct from the factory and happy to answer any questions I can. In this photo we have just moved the boat into the assembly area in the brand new factory. All the furniture is in the forefront ready to be fitted. We moved into this factory about 2 months ago, the lamination shop is all set up, as is the fairing room. The assembly area you see here is still getting some final touches. The Gunboat 68 in grey is awlgrip finish primer that we made a little more glossy, put the boat out i
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