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ArethusaLOA: 60'  Beam: 28.21'
Class/Type: Gunboat 60 catamaran
Builder: Gunboat
Designer: Nigel Irens
Launch Date: 1998
Skippers: Phil & Wendy Lotz

The Gunboat 60 ARETHUSA features supreme sailing performance with her all carbon and epoxy construction. A high-speed racer-cruiser, ARETHUSA is actively raced with a crew of 8-10.

Arethusa-overheadPerfectly sized to reflect many owners’ long term needs, the 60 is the maximum size for owner-operation for a longer term cruise, yet offers the space and quarters for crew when the owners’ use can only be part time. The Gunboat 60 is perfectly sized for most owners’ long term needs.

Construction details include a hull laminate made of carbon fiber set in epoxy resin, fully infused and post-cured over a CoreCell foam core. All interior furniture and components are likewise foam-cored and are skinned with fine wood veneers. The boat’s carbon rig features a Marstrom rotating wing-section mast supported by aramid fiber rigging. Furling gear is from Facnor.

The underwater carbon foils are centerboards instead of daggerboards, to reduce potential damage in case of a crash. The rudders are also carbon, and retractable. The centerboards are controlled by hydraulic rams, with shear pins that let the boards kick up on impact.

Arethusa-spinnakerGunboats feature a forward working cockpit, just abaft the mast and forward of the cabinhouse. All working lines are led to the cockpit, powered by three Lewmar power winches, so the boat can be easily controlled from the cockpit by a small crew. 

The Gunboat 60 features a smooth motion, incredible spaces and the potential for 300+ mile daily runs. 

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