Holland Composites debuts 40ft Gunboat G4
LELYSTAD ~ When 72ft (22m) catamarans tore across San Francisco Bay in the 2013 America’s Cup, it was not a one-off revolution. A maker of highly advanced composite constructions, Holland Composites has just delivered its first Gunboat G4 foiling cruiser catamaran. At 40ft (half the length of a full-grown AC cat) it did 32kn at Caribbean sea trials.
The construction of the G4 is a landmark event in Dutch yachtbuilding. Holland Composites develops and makes advanced composite constructions for buildings but also yachts. The 2.7-ton Gunboat G4 boat is marketed as a fast but comfortable cruiser. It has a large cockpit and saloon, panoramic top-deck views, proper ventilation, full-sized double berths, a head, a galley and a hydraulic mainsheet system. Says Holland Composites’ Thijs van Riemsdijk: “This boat will cruise, but it will also sail at great speeds once you activate the foils and dagger boards.”
His collaboration with Gunboat of Wanchese, North Carolina follows that US company’s fruitless search for a fast 40ft cat until it saw Van Riemsdijk’s concept. The first G4 was made in 18 months of “advanced composite” carbon epoxy which is very strong and light. “We’ll build this boat in a series,” says Van Riemsdijk.
The Gunboat yard makes high-end luxury cats of up to 90ft. Holland Composites has invested significantly in the G4. It has made the molds and acquired a large oven to cure all composite parts. In 2010, the company unveiled the 5.5m (18ft) DNA A-class catamaran of which 18 have been shipped to Australia. Several America’s Cup syndicates have bought their own DNA’s for crew training.
|Displacement||2,700 kg (5,950 lbs.)|
|Main sail||73 m2 (786 sq.ft.)|
|Self-tacking jib||32 m2 (345 sq.ft.)|
|Furling jib||55 m2 (592 sq.ft.)|
|Gennaker||115m2 (1,238 sq.ft.)|
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