Gunboat 48

by BWS Staff

Blue Water Sailing
February 2007


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While most cruising cats are conceived to maintain a fairly even balance between performance and comfort, the Gunboat 48, like the 62 before it, was designed from the keel up to be a screaming high-tech performance boat that also has a fine and comfortable interior. Designed by Melvin & Morrelli, the 48 is more a Lamborghini than a minivan.

The 48 is built in South Africa Guboat 48 and endowed with an ultralight cored hull, reinforced with carbon fiber stringers. The rig is all carbon and set up in the manner of offshore racing cats, with Kevlar shrouds and massive amounts of sail area.

Under sail, the 48 sails about as fast as any cruising boat ever built and will maintain high average speeds over the long haul. The 48's sailing characteristics are not for the faint hearted since the boat will fly a hull when reaching in a good breeze.

The accommodations plan offers two large double cabins amidships, a double cabin aft in the port hull and a single cabin in the starboard hull. The saloon is open, comfortable and useful. The main steering station is at the forward end of the saloon so you can steer the boat from inside. The working cockpit is forward of the saloon so all sail trim is handled there instead of from the back porch. This is convenient and enables a lone watchstander to manage the boat quite easily.

The quality of the finish in the new 48 is excellent and the systems installed are of top quality. Not a boat for every cruiser, the Gunboat 48 will appeal to those who love to sail fast and who want the latest thinking on true performance cruising. For more information contact Gunboat at 401-662-7991.

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