New Gun­boat 57

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At An­napo­lis an­other new Gun­boat was on show. When the com­pany went bust, the owner of Vaivai, a Gun­boat 55, res­cued his part-built boat from the Gun­boat premises and turned to de­signer Nigel Irens to tweak it be­fore or­gan­is­ing the completion of the build him­self. This has now been re­launched as the Gun­boat 57 and adopted into the new Gun­boat range.

Elon­gated at the stern, the new 57 has a re­vised and im­proved steer­ing sys­tem with more per­for­mance-ori­en­tated lift­ing dag­ger­boards in place of the orig­i­nal piv­ot­ing cen­tre­boards.

“The dag­ger­board in­stal­la­tion did re­quire a cabin re­design, which in turn al­lowed the en­gines to be repo­si­tioned amid­ships to lessen the pitch­ing mo­ment and im­prove the trim,” notes Irens.

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