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Best Boats 2015: Gunfleet 58

We had little trouble choosing the Gunfleet 58 as the SAIL Flagship for 2015. A thoughtfully designed, carefully constructed and beautifully detailed vessel, this is what a modern luxury sailing yacht should be.  
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The Gunfleet 58 boasts systems and performance that are as impressive as its gorgeous looks

The Gunfleet 58 boasts systems and performance that are as impressive as its gorgeous looks

We had little trouble choosing the Gunfleet 58 as the SAIL Flagship for 2015. A thoughtfully designed, carefully constructed and beautifully detailed vessel, this is what a modern luxury sailing yacht should be.

Designer Tony Castro gave the boat an efficient hull form with a sharp entry, plumb bow and plenty of beam aft. Not only does this give good speed and stability, it increases the volume available for an owner’s cabin that rivals those on many boats 10 or even 20 feet longer.

Look underwater for a big surprise: this is a centerboarder. The cast-iron board lifts to reduce draft to 5ft 8in for easy piloting in coastal waters and lowers to nearly 12 feet for top performance offshore. There’s an optional fixed, 6ft 9in keel. Twin spade rudders ensure control at any angle of heel.

[Structural components and systems are all to very high standards. The AC and DC electrical systems are modern but not experimental, the plumbing is conventional and the engine room is mechanic-friendly. Hydraulic muscle controls the major stresses, including mainsail furling and centerboard lifting, while electric winches take care of the sheets. There’s no need for a husky crew on the Gunfleet 58.

Those who cruise aboard the Gunfleet 58 do so in comfort and contemporary style. Belowdecks, the spaces are open and exceptionally bright, thanks to the wide beam and large windows in the hull topsides. Appointed in tasteful fabrics and light oak joinery, this is a lovely space.

It is good to have goals in life and the Gunfleet 58 is a boat to aspire to. Not only for sailors, but for other builders, many of whom will have to ratchet up their work quality to reach this standard. gunfleetmarine.com

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