A remarkable boat, combining sparkling performance with an astonishingly spacious interior, the Gunfleet 43 is rewarding to sail in all weathers, being light on the helm yet positive. Her non-overlapping high aspect headsail provides excellent pointing ability and she is quick and easy to tack. Fast to accelerate, she gets into the groove quickly with hull speeds that defy her size and displacement. Above all, she feels comfortable and secure under sail and will take long passages in her stride without tiring her crew.
Perfect for short-handed sailing The cockpit and deck layout have been perfectly designed for easy, short-handed sailing, with sheets and traveller all within reach of the helmsman. There is excellent visibility from behind the ‘Flightdeck’ helm and the 43 provides a dry, comfortable ride. A unique feature is her flush aft deck, immediately behind the centre cockpit, effectively doubling the leisure space in warmer climes and perfect for relaxing and sunbathing.
Twin rudders as standard with variable draft keel option Fitted as standard with a 2.1m (6’9”) fin keel with lead bulb, a centreboard option is also available. This has the versatility of a shoal 1.38m (4’6”) bulb keel, within which is a centreboard drawing 2.7m (8’10”) when lowered for fantastic up-wind performance.
The Gunfleet 43 has twin rudders, giving an unbelievable degree of balance and control.
Spacious and luxurious accommodation The 43 features a spacious, light and airy saloon with centreline table, bar area and two settees, which double as seaberths. The galley is practical and a joy to use with abundant stowage in soft-close drawers, integrated GN Espace cooker, a ‘water station’ sink and stainless steel front-opening fridge/freezer. The real wow factor has to be the owner’s cabin, which offers the sort of space you would normally only expect to find on a yacht over 50 feet. Beautifully appointed, it features a superb en-suite, a desk and seating area. Forward is a second en-suite guest cabin making the standard layout perfect for a couple wishing to spend extended time aboard, joined occasionally by friends or family.
Nominated for the European Yacht of the Year and chosen as SAIL magazines Best Boats Flagship in 2015, the Gunfleet 58 combines a stunning profile with excellent performance and best in class accommodation and features.
Exceptional performance This is a powerful sailing yacht that delivers real performance and a rewarding helming experience that will delight the most demanding of yachtsmen. Clean, undistorted hull lines, an upright stem and long waterline, and generous beam carried well aft, all point to an excellent performance profile.
Variable draft and twin rudders as standard Her ballasted shoal draft keel, with deep centerboard, gives her serious upwind potential with the convenience of ultra-shoal draft. The benefits from twin rudders have to be experienced to be believed. The Gunfleet 58 carries virtually no weather helm even when pressed to the wind or when close-reaching with spinnaker with maximum heel. Steering remains finger-light with total control at all times. The absence of helm weight means zero fatigue for helmsman or autopilot.
Properly protected helm stations Clean and uncluttered, the deck is easy to move around when sailing. The twin ‘Flightdeck’ helm positions feel secure as they are set down on deck, properly protected, so the helmsman steers from ‘in’, not ‘on’ the boat. There is easy access to the cockpit from the aft deck without a hazardous climb over coachroof or coamings.
Easy, short-handed sailing This large yacht can still be sailed short or even single-handed with ease. Powered winches, furlers and traveller are all within reach of the helmsman. The forward cockpit is indeed completely devoid of ropes, enabling guests to relax in comfort around the beautiful custom cockpit table.
A huge lazarette and a forward sail locker The Gunfleet 58 is the only yacht in its class to offer a huge full-width lazarette in addition to a deep forward sail locker. She is also available with an optional hydraulic stern platform in lieu of the standard open ‘sugar scoop’ stern.
Light, spacious and supremely stylish accommodation Below decks, you are immediately struck by the sense of light and space in the stylish saloon. The whole accommodation feels spacious and uncluttered with huge attention to detail throughout. The accommodation flows beautifully and is flooded with light thanks to overhead skylights and panoramic hull windows in all principal cabins. Every space has the feel of a larger yacht and none more so than the spectacular master cabin aft. There are three additional sleeping cabins, one of which is en-suite and a first-class walk-in engine room. Careful attention to sound insulation ensures below decks on the Gunfleet 58 is a very pleasant place to be – even underway.
Designer Tony Castro has created a spectacular yacht in the new Gunfleet 74. The sleek outboard profile and powerful hull lines will ensure head-turning attention and real pride of ownership. In all, she is a simply stunning cruising yacht with powerful performance, variable draft and class-leading accommodation, and offers more than any other yacht in this size range.
Setting a new benchmark in this size range The Gunfleet 74 offers an unbeatable range of features usually only found on much larger yachts, not surprising given the amount of experience behind this project. Like her smaller sisters, the Gunfleet 74 features an anchorage friendly, low centre of gravity, shoal draft, bulb keel with a centreboard and twin rudders. Hence this 74 footer draws just 2.06 metres ‘board up’ but has a sailing draft of 4.11 metres.
Designed for performance The 74’s performance orientated sail plan is complemented by a choice of cutter gear or a solent jib with hydraulic furling on both headstays for ease of handling. The standard rig is a fully battened mainsail, but in-mast furling or in-boom furling are also available.
Separate cockpits for guests and crew On deck, the 74 is designed for ease of operation by professional crew, as well as providing generous relaxing areas for guests. Sailing operations all take place in the separate aft cockpit, featuring twin ‘Flightdeck’ pedestals – well out of the way of guests. The exceptionally large, forward cockpit provides generous seating and twin cockpit tables, each incorporating refrigerated drinks coolers. This is a boat for serious alfresco relaxation and guests will enjoy the flush aft deck, which is the perfect place for sunbathing, before taking to the water via the hydraulic stern platform.
Semi custom – means choice not compromise Of course, the Gunfleet 74 is a semi-custom build with a wide choice of interior finishes and layouts to cater for any owner’s specific requirements. The standard arrangement provides no less than four en-suite cabins for owner and guests. There is excellent separation from the crew, as the crew cabin is located forward of the galley and features its own crew mess and en-suite heads. The fully equipped professional galley is closed off from the saloon so the chef can work undisturbed. Any professional chef will be happy with the generous counter space, high- specification domestic appliances and easily accessible fridge and freezers. There is a choice of tender options - stern tender garage, stern davits or a tender chocked on the foredeck. Class-leading stowage for gear and ‘toys’ is provided by the huge full-width lazarette and the generous forward sail locker.
A luxurious interior with stunning outboard views The full-beam owner’s cabin is a masterpiece with queen-size centerline berth, office area and settee, whilst the saloon features a dining area comfortably seating 8 to 10 guests with an abundance of natural light. All cabins feature spectacular outboard views.
Mission, Background and Experience Gunfleet’s mission is simple - to efficiently build comfortable, fast, seaworthy cruising yachts of exquisite quality and support them with an after sales service that is second to none.
Built with pride in Great Britain, Gunfleet yachts combine innovative and stylish design with the latest technology and are rich in practical, seamanlike features because, while design moves forward, the sea never changes.
Before creating Gunfleet, Founder, Richard Matthews, spent over 35 years building up one of the UK’s most successful yacht companies, Oyster, which he sold in 2008. Looking for a new challenge, the idea of utilising all these years of experience to form a new yacht building brand proved irresistible and the Gunfleet range of performance, variable draft cruising yachts was launched.
The Gunfleet brand is operated by Windboats Marine. Moulding and fitting out is carried out at their two sites in Norfolk, then the yachts are launched and commissioned at Fox’s Marina in Ipswich, where the Sales Office is located.
Windboats is one of the oldest yacht yards in the country, now approaching it centenary. It has a rich history, which includes thirty years of fitting out nearly 300 Oyster yachts up to 72ft.