Gunboat will leave its Wanchese, N.C., headquarters and will be manufactured in France, with a home office in Newport, R.I.
Gunboat’s new owner, Grand Large Yachting, hosted an event last Saturday with owners, crew and friends at the New York Yacht Club to introduce themselves and outline their vision for the brand.
The barbecue and Dark-N-Stormy event was also to celebrate the participation of five Gunboats in the New York Yacht Club Race Week.
Grand Large Yachting said it has decided to bring the Gunboat office home to Newport and work with “respected Gunboat experts.” The manufacturing facility will be in France in an effort to leverage Grand Large Yachting’s local manufacturing assets and ensure “a timely delivery,” the company said.
“The merger of our operational strength, and Gunboat’s brand recognition and innovative designs, hold much promise for our group,” Grand Large Yachting principal and Outremer Yachting division president Xavier Desmarest said in a statement. “Gunboat is the pinnacle of world cruising catamarans.”
Grand Large Yachting is in three major boating industry sectors — leisure, small commercial vessels and service. Since its inception in 2004, Grand Large Yachting has had a compound annual growth ratio of 40 percent.
Grand Large Yachting is working on developing a new series, the Gunboat 65, according to Benoit Lebizay, GLY principal and managing director of Garcia Yachting. The objective of the Gunboat 65 is “for the next generation of Gunboat to be an evolution, and not a revolution,” Lebizay said.
The new series, along with a Newport-based concentrated focus on customer service, brokerage and sales, chartering services plus crew placement, training and coaching will reinforce the Gunboat brand, the company said.
Gunboat plans to have a presence at the Newport International Boat Show and the Annapolis Boat Show.