The sound of speed

Video and ink From Bill Springer

After test-flying the fully-foiling G4 from Gunboat in St. Martin for the last several days, I can’t stop smiling. And I’m sure any of the lucky few that were there for the first flights would agree. Words, and even the remarkable photos of the first days of G4 flight can’t fully capture what it feels like to sail/fly aboard a 40-fo0t catamaran that’s not only capable of hitting 31.9 knots with a crew of non-pro sailors, but is also equipped with comfy bunks, and 360-degree visibility in the large main saloon, and even a kitchen sink and a fridge for cripes sake! And wait till you see how big the cockpit is. So I’m not even going to try.

Just watch this video. And be sure to watch it on a high-rez computer in full-screen mode. And oh yea, turn the volume up. This is what pure speed sounds like. And this is only a taste. Be sure to watch for my full report in a upcoming issue of Boat International and for much more info, including a stunning video from Gunboat that shows much, much more than just the underside of the bridgedeck!

And if you really want to see what the future looks like in person, head on down to Saint Barth’s for Les Voiles next week, or Antigua Sailing Week later this month. The G4 is sure to be one of the main attractions.

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