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  1. We test sailed “Lone Star” (Lagoon 85) when my boss was interested in upgrading his 48’ cat. We also sailed a Catana 58 (total snooze). Then I saw the 1st Gunboat 62. I said, “Boss, that’s what you gotta buy!”. He ended up getting Tribe, then built the GB90. That Lagoon 85 was impressibly big. Not a great performer, but it had bunks for like 20 people.
  2. We chartered a Lagoon 57 before buying our Outremer. That 42/47/55/57/67/85 model era in the 90’s was great. They really nailed the aesthetic. I hoped that chartering one would convince me to buy...but the performance was seriously underwhelming. We were in flat water, full main and jib, beam reaching in 20 knots...doing about 8 knots. The skipper even said “not bad, huh?” I knew then and there I wasn’t going to buy that boat. Forget the fact that the systems work was going to be massive. 5 heads, 7 aircon units, 2 generators, 2 watermakers, etc etc. Our Outremer is nominally the same size bu
  3. Sadly it’s mothballed. Two years now. It was gonna be wicked. Hopefully it gets finished.
  4. This is an old video...she’s still for sale. Such a wicked boat!
  5. “You’ve fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well known is this; never go into the carbon catamaran business!”
  6. I was going to say that a flybridge Gunboat model feels like a desperate act. Outremers are selling like hotcakes so why mess with a successful business model? The new O55 seems like a winner on the water and in the marketplace. Launching one Gunboat per year, on the other hand, doesn’t seem sustainable. I assume 68 sales aren’t wildly outstripping the build pace, so time to recalibrate.
  7. Makes me sad. I understand that there’s a market for flybridge cats, but GB was the antidote to condomarans. The fact that they capitulated to the market is a real shame.
  8. I’ve been using G10 taped to the deck with key inserts in it. No through bolting, no deck penetrations. Ok for stuff in shear like clutches and footblocks.
  9. Every boat I’ve put Solbian AND every boat I’ve sailed on that had Solbian had panel failures. The “warranty” also doesn’t really help...ripping the old panels off, prepping, re-wiring, and re-installing isn’t covered by the warranty and that cost far exceeds the cost of the panels. We’ve had boats that had Solbian panels that caught fire and damaged the coachroof. Also not covered. I’m done with flexible panels.
  10. If you’re going to go cattlemaran may as well lean in.
  11. It’s not April Fool’s Day is it?
  12. Unicorn for sale. https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2008/gunboat-48-3850782/
  13. Soma

    Gunboat 68

    Northport is in the Great Lakes?
  14. Overall I’d say MOCRA does a pretty good job. There are outliers in that list above...a Seacart at 1.574 is TOUGH to sail to. The Outremer 55 has an impossible rating. Nemo will struggle to sail to her rating. Shockwave definitely has a rating that allows wins, that’s for sure.
  15. Soma

    Gunboat 68

    Yeah, sorry, I didn’t mean to imply $0.10 on the dollar was good...just that $0.10 exceeded most people’s expectations for what was going to come of the auction. If it was my $1 that I got $0.10 for I’d not be feeling very happy. I didn’t mean to minimize anyone’s loss.
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