Gunfleet 74
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Gunfleet 74

Gunfleet 74

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.

Specification

Data & Dimensions (Approx)

Length Overall 23.19m (76' 1")
Length of Hull 22.44m (73' 8")
Length of Waterline 20.78m (68' 2")
Beam 5.93m (19' 5")
Draft
Draft N/A
Optional centre board up 2.06m (6' 9")
Optional centre board down 4.11m (13'6")
Displacement 57,000kg (125,663 lbs)
Water 2000 litres (440 gallons)
Fuel 2000 litres (440 gallons)
Engine Perkins-Sabre M250C hp (186 kW)
Sail Area
Mainsail (fully battened) 154.88 sq m (1,667 sq m)
Jib (furling 113%) 165.31 sq m (1,779 sq m)
Air Draft 31.96m (104'10")
(excl. optional lights and aerials)

NB Displacement and draft are quoted in typical cruising trim for the standard yacht.

EURCD Category A

Construction

  • Composite and stainless steel bowsprit
  • Balsa cored topsides
  • Solid laminate below waterline with Kevlar reinforcements
  • Carbon reinforced GRP structural grid
  • Rolled-edge composite bulwark
  • Aft deck sun-bathing area
  • Transom door – fold down platform, with boarding ladder
  • Laid teak deck
  • Large aft lazarette locker
  • Forward sail locker
  • Forward chain locker

Keel

  • Lead ballast keel
  • Stainless steel keel bolts
  • Cast bronze centreboard
  • Lifting mechanism with powered hydraulic ram operated from helm

Rudders, Steering and Thrusters

  • Twin spade rudders (semi-balanced)
  • Lewmar Mamba (torque rod) steering
  • Twin leather covered SS wheels on Flightdeck© pedestals
  • Bowthruster – Retractable type 24V

Engine

  • Perkins M250C 250hp including gearbox
  • Bronze P bracket, SS shaft
  • 4 bladed Brunton Varifold folding prop
  • Aquadrive shaft coupling
  • ‘Lip Seal’ shaft seal system
  • Engine alternator 12V/90 amp for engine battery charging only
  • 500 amp hrs dedicated engine 12V starting battery – AGM sealed type
  • Twin Racor fuel filter system with warning light – linked to generator
  • Auto fire extinguisher

Toilets

  • Corian counter tops
  • Deluxe freshwater flush electric toilets x 5
  • Shared holding tanks sized to suit
    (monitored via CZone) x 3
  • Tap and shower sets x 5

Winches

  • Anchor windlass for chain and rope with adjacent up/down switches Lewmar V6 electric 24v
  • Primary winches, Lewmar 90 AEST three speed electric self tailing x 2
  • Secondary winches, Lewmar 70 AST manual self tailing aft end coamings x 2
  • Halyard winch Lewmar 70 AEST electric self tailing, deck mounted x 1
  • Halyard winches Lewmar 65 AST EVO manual self tailing, mast mounted x 1
  • Mainsheet winch, Lewmar 65 AEST electric self tailing
  • Traveller winch, Lewmar 40 AST manual self-tailing

Navigation

  • GARMIN 12” chartplotter with HD radar at pedestal x 2
  • GARMIN 8” touch screen HD radar/chart plotter/CZone control at chart table x 1
  • GARMIN multifunction sailing instrument displays x 5
  • GARMIN GPS
  • GARMIN VHF radio telephone with masthead antenna
  • GARMIN autopilot with control unit
  • Steering compass at pedestals x 2

DC and AC Electrics

  • CZone switching/control/monitoring system
  • 900 amp hrs 24V domestic battery bank – AGM sealed type
  • Second alternator Mastervolt 24V 150 amp with Alpha Pro 3 stage regulator
  • 100 amp 24V battery charger x 2
  • LED interior lighting
  • Sail locker, lazarette, engine room and under-boom lighting – LED
  • LED navigation lights
  • Steaming light and deck flood lights
  • Tri-white tri-colour and anchor light
  • DVD/radio with 2 speakers in saloon and 2 cockpit speakers
  • DVD/radio with 2 speakers in aft cabin
  • Gas solenoid with on/off switch at galley
  • 230V 50Hz ring main with shore power socket and 20m dockside power cable
  • 230V 50Hz element in hot water tanks (two tanks)
  • 2500 watt 24V DC/230V AC inverter
  • Generator 17.5kW Onan – 220V/50Hz
  • Generator alternator 12V/40 amp for generator battery charging only
  • 100 amp hrs dedicated generator 12V starting battery – AGM sealed type
  • Zinc guard protection to shore power circuit

Interior

  • Joinery in light oak – walnut sole boards
  • Oceanair Skyscreen blinds and insect screens to all accommodation hatches and skylight panels x 8
  • Oceanair Skysol pleated blind to deck saloon windows
  • Oceanair blinds to hull windows and cockpit ports x 27
  • Partial carpeting to aft cabin sole
  • Alcantara covered upholstery

Galley

  • Corian counter tops with integral fiddles
  • Stainless steel sinks x 2, chopping board and swivel faucet galley tap
  • 5-burner GN Espace gimbaled gas cooker
  • Fridge and freezer units in stainless steel with fiddled shelves – keel cooled
  • Cooker hood – built in
  • Dinnerware, crockery, glasses, cutlery for 12 including stowage

Rig and Rigging

  • 11/12th Fractional sloop configured for 135% furling genoa
  • Keel stepped alloy Slab Reefing spars, white painted, 3 spreaders with lazy jack system and mast jack
  • Boom – white painted
  • Hydraulic boom vang with boom-up positive pressure
  • Reckmann hydraulic headsail furling with Lewmar Commander 400 power pack
  • Navtec remote manual hydraulic backstay and vang tensioner system
  • Full Battened mainsail by Dolphin Sailmakers, Dyneema laminate, radial cut
  • Furling genoa by Dolphin Sailmakers, Dyneema laminate, radial cut
  • Removable storm stay and halyards
  • Nitronic 50 Rod standing rigging

Deck Gear

  • Stemhead/bowsprit fitting with genneker tack point
  • SS/steel pop-up mooring cleats x 10
  • Bow pulpit in stainless steel
  • Pair of stern pushpits in stainless steel with teak slat seats
  • Cockpit table with SS frame and insulated cool box x 2 (one with refrigeration unit)
  • Sprayhood with stainless steel frames, acrylic canvas work and hand hold
  • Stainless steel folding stern ladder drop-in type and emergency boarding ladder
  • Moulded fold down transom door/ bathing platform – power opening
  • Aft deck hot & cold freshwater shower
  • Mainsheet rope tail locker under port helm seat. Storage locker under starboard helm seat – with teak laid lids
  • Solimar flush lazarette locker lid with 2 gas struts and a lock, teak laid

Ventilation, Windows and Hatches

  • Dorade vents on forward and aft coachroofs with stainless steel cowls x 6
  • Hull windows in safety glass x 23
  • Panoramic hull windows in saloon
  • Lewmar opening ports x 4 through cockpit sides into, aft guest cabins, aft guest WC and owners en-suite
  • Set of deck saloon windows comprising port and starboard side windows, single fixed centre front window and 2 x opening front windows port and starboard with hold-open stays.
  • Solimar flush fore hatch over crew cabin
  • Solimar flush hatches over forward guest and galley areas x 5
  • Solimar flush hatches over aft cabin x 2
  • Vertical sliding washboard – acrylic
  • Companionway sliding hatch – acrylic
  • All glass is tinted dark grey

Loose Equipment / Miscellaneous

  • Manual and automatic electric bilge pumps
  • Horseshoe buoy
  • Safety harness points
  • Fire extinguishers x 5
  • Anchor 48kg CQR and 100m calibrated chain
  • Set of Owner’s manuals
  • Launching and commissioning at Fox’s Marina, Ipswich, UK

Testimonials

Toby Hodges, Yachting World

I’ve no doubt the proposed 74 will prove popular among the bluewater cruising fraternity

Chris Beeson, Yachting Monthly

The quality of workmanship is excellent throughout - a huge amount of experience has been built into this boat

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