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  1. Peter Johnstone

    A new cat in California

    I have communicated to Malcolm and the owner that in our view she remains a Gunboat for Gunboat Class purposes, albeit an incredibly customized and tweaked one. She will be welcome to race in our events when she is ready. This 66 looks really exciting. Congrats guys. Looks like a weapon. The...
  2. Peter Johnstone

    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    This thread has some wild speculation. We'd prefer that the Captain get his account written and out there. We led this story with as much information as we could glean with the goal to promote safety from the learnings. Some clarifications to various speculation: 1) The longeron is held by the...
  3. Peter Johnstone

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    This morning's update: Sustained winds were 30-35 knots. Squalls had been in the 40 knot range for most of the day. A full whiteout squall hit that initially looked no different than the other squalls. Sails were up as there was no indication of squalls with winds above 40 knots. A wall of wind...
  4. Peter Johnstone

    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    This morning's update: Sustained winds were 30-35 knots. Squalls had been in the 40 knot range for most of the day. A full whiteout squall hit that initially looked no different than the other squalls. Sails were up as there was no indication of squalls with winds above 40 knots. A wall of wind...
  5. Peter Johnstone

    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Longeron would not be supported if the rig is cutaway. Could be lashed up, or also cutaway. A freighter attempted rescue alongside a few hours into this ordeal. After repeatedly bashing the side of Rainmaker, rescue was deemed too dangerous, and airlift was requested. We will not know the...
  6. Peter Johnstone

    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    So grateful for the US Coast Guard. RAINMAKER's crew is safely ashore at Dare County Airport. The chopper landed on fumes, and could not make it to their base. Ironically, Dare is on Roanoke Island close to Gunboat. The RAINMAKER crew got a warm welcome from a very grateful Gunboat team. Happy...
  7. Peter Johnstone

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    So grateful for the US Coast Guard. RAINMAKER's crew safely ashore at Dare County Airport. The chopper landed on fumes, and could not make it to their base. Ironically, Dare is on Roanoke Island close to Gunboat. The RAINMAKER crew got a warm welcome from a very grateful Gunboat team. Happy to...
  8. Peter Johnstone

    RAINMAKER DISMASTED OFF HATTERAS IN GALE

    Thank you everyone. All five crew from Rainmaker have been safely airlifted off of RAINMAKER moments ago and are in a helicopter on their way back to shore. Gunboat and RAINMAKER's insurer are actively coordinating her salvage. This will not be easy as conditions are meant to be terrible on Monday.
  9. Peter Johnstone

    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Thank you everyone. All five crew from Rainmaker have been safely airlifted off of RAINMAKER moments ago and are in a helicopter on their way back to shore. Gunboat and RAINMAKER's insurer are actively coordinating her salvage. This will not be easy as conditions are meant to be terrible on Monday.
  10. Peter Johnstone

    PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR RAINMAKER'S CREW

    Please say a prayer for RAINMAKER’s crew. RAINMAKER was dismasted today 36 hours into her passage out of the Gunboat yard about 200 miles SE of Hattaras. From the very brief and patchy sat phone call, and various brief texts, the following is all we have been told: *Everyone is accounted for...
  11. Peter Johnstone

    Phaedo is back

    Congrats to Lloyd and Paul on a beautiful refit. Great to see Phaedo back better than ever.
  12. Peter Johnstone

    Rapido 60

    Paul, Thank you. If the R60 is anything like sailing the F31R under sail, it will be great. There is a place for all of these boats. A good friend of mine has just built a Banuls 53 tri at McConaghy, and his reasoning is similar to yours, so I see the niche. I sincerely wish you success. Peter
  13. Peter Johnstone

    Rapido 60

    Wess, We have learned a lot in five years. We have worked through all of the aforementioned challenges. At great expense, we make sure that each and every boat lives up to our reputation. In the end, we get great boats out, and support the boats 100% wherever they are built. One can always seek...
  14. Peter Johnstone

    Rapido 60

    Dear Paul, First, congratulations for taking on a market segment that has not been tried since the Contour 50'/54'. I enjoyed a Farrier designed Corsair 31R (and built by you in the USA) for a season, and truly loved it. It sailed beautifully, but I could not get my wife cruising on it, or on...
  15. Peter Johnstone

    2nd Container of DNA A-Class to East Coast. 3rd Container to West Coas

    The first container of DNA A-Class to the East Coast is filled. Eight boats are underway. A second container is coming in the spring of 2015. Two boats are already sold. I understand Brandon Wallace is working on a third container to the West Coast. For info on the next East Coast container...
  16. Peter Johnstone

    Bieker-53

    Clean, 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...
  17. Peter Johnstone

    Bieker-53

    EarthBM, the systems on a typical Gunboat 55 at her 12.5 mt lightship displacement will include: Washer/dryer Genset Full aircon throughout Entertainment systems Large Inverters Full AC power through the boat Shorepower Waterheaters Built in Grill Built in salon bar with sink and...
  18. Peter Johnstone

    Bieker-53

    Trevor, the amenities and comforts are very similar. Both are simple bare-bones boats. More apples to apples than any other comparison shared.
  19. Peter Johnstone

    How do you select and contract a yacht designer ?

    Greg, Thanks for the kind words. The G4 should be sailing in December just in time for the Caribbean season. Should be good fun. We are going with a single steerable outboard for now. Eventually we will offer the electric solution. You may be surprised by the electric propulsion weights from...
  20. Peter Johnstone

    Bieker-53

    LAT21, You reference the Gunboat 55 as a comparison. Your project would compare much more closely with a Gunboat G4 in terms of comfort, layout and space. A Gunboat G4 weighs 5280 lbs to your designed weight calc of 14,000 lbs. A Gunboat 55 has all of the luxuries, space and amenities for a...

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