Issue No. 144, August/September 2013 — Table of Contents
On the cover: The infused carbon fiber hull of a Nigel Irens–designed Gunboat 55 (16.7m) catamaran is suspended amid the pieces of the disassembled mold at Gunboat International’s first U.S. production shop. Since its first build in 2001, the company has made its reputation creating performance cruising multihulls with raceboat materials and build techniques in shops in Cape Town, South Africa; Xiamen, China; and now Wanchese, North Carolina. Story on page 58.
Photograph by Billy Black.
36 Team Sport
by Ralph Naranjo
An experienced Delaware boatbuilder, a self-taught Florida yacht designer, and a legend of early fiberglass production boatbuilding strive to improve an already highly refined type—the offshore sportfisherman.
48 White Castles
by Roby Scalvini
Simple shrink-wrap boat covers have evolved into what are known today as yacht-containment systems. In Palma de Mallorca, Spain, these versatile temporary structures have become essential to the thriving yacht service industry.
58 Building the Big Guns
by Ginger Gardiner
Combining design elements and technologies of high-performance racing yachts and cruising catamarans, Gunboat has built multiple models in South Africa, China, and now at the former Buddy Davis facility in North Carolina.
4 Letters, Etc.
Readers comment on oil analysis and additives; best practices for blocking; attaining propulsion efficiency; and hybrid propulsion options.
compiled by Dan Spurr
Zero-emission ferries in France; the Zurn 50; infusing a hydroplane; Arthur DeFever and Sven Svendsen remembered; new curriculum at The Apprenticeshop; and tools for repairing carbon fiber laminates.
24 Best Practices
by Steve D’Antonio
Bypass oil filtration offers the possibility of significantly extending oil change intervals, but the condition of the oil must be carefully monitored.
80 Parting Shot
by James Glover
To limit shock and impact injuries to crew and passengers in their high-speed vessels, employers must adopt measures to monitor impact exposure.
73 New Products and Processes
77 Classified Advertising