July 24, 2012


What about China?!
The excitement of our new Gunboat production facility in the USA has led some to misconstrue our plans. Three years ago, we set out to overhaul the entire Gunboat organization for the next decade. All new series are now ready at 55' & 60', and all new production facilities are now operating in the heart of the two biggest markets. The North Carolina USA facility is along the migratory routes of the North Atlantic Basin. The path home from the Caribbean to Europe or the USA, passes near North Carolina. Hudson Yacht's Gunboat facility in SE China offers convenient access to SE Asia and Australia. Both Gunboat facilities feature year-round sailing weather and direct access to hauling/launching. Our technical capabilities have never been so strong. The Gunboat standard expected worldwide is being raised. Both facilities have exciting news in the coming months.
GUNBOAT 55 sets Gunboat records
The Gunboat 55 is our first effort to address the owner/operator market since the renown Gunboat 48 series built between 2004-2007. We decided to start with a clean slate and design the new Gunboat 55 for the way Gunboats are typically used. The breakthrough layout has struck a chord in the marketplace. Five are sold from plans, with several more orders expected before the first launch. The 55 is our most successful new series in our 12 year history! Come see firsthand the gorgeous new female molds and production in Wanchese, NC. The first Gunboat 55 begins construction this week.
GUNBOAT 60 nearing lift-off
The first GUNBOAT 60 is within weeks of launching for her German owner, a high profile software entrepreneur. The finish and attention to detail by the yard is extraordinary. Nauta of Milan has designed a stunning interior. The amidships cabins compare favorably to our GUNBOAT 90 cabins. The use of space and quality of the workmanship raises the Gunboat bar of excellence. Limited appointments for sailing and inspection are now being scheduled.

GUNBOAT 66 now available. Call for details!
In new condition, this all carbon GUNBOAT 66 effortlessly covered 80,000 miles on her first circumnavigation. She's been immaculately maintained by top crew since launching. Her layout may be the best of the 66' series, and is well suited for both private and charter usage. Contact us to find out why. We will show her as a new Gunboat at the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis in October. Ready for her next lap of our planet? Call us.
William Jelbert
Like many at Gunboat, William Jelbert worked hard to earn his position at one of sailing's iconic brands. For nearly two years, William made regular contact to find the right opening with Gunboat. When Phil and Laura Harvey made the move from Gunboat production in China to set up the new facility in the USA, William was poised and ready to assume the Gunboat project manager duties at Hudson Yachts. In under a year, William has earned the respect of everyone within the Gunboat community for his tireless devotion to the new Gunboat 60 series and its customers. This native Cape Towner developed an early affinity for the Gunboat brand. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has helped set up two production facilities for our friends at Robertson & Caine, the builder of Leopard and Moorings Catamarans. He honed his high tech boat building credentials as Technical Manager at McConaghy Boats China, building various all-carbon race boats. Gunboat thrives on top talent, so we are pleased to have William on our team.

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