putting the power down

Big Pimpin’
Counting down to the launch of the all-new Gunboat 68, the Gunboat Team continues to look into the design and build of this luxury performance cat in a monthly series of articles. So far they’ve dug into the design concept of the hulls and the internal structure, sharing insight and ideas from industry insiders.
In this article they explore the daggerboards – the means by which the power of the rig is transferred through the structure and into forward motion through the water.
We ran a whole range of board concepts,” says Vincent Lauriot-Prévost, the ‘LP’ of VPLP. “It’s all about side force and vertical lift, and it’s driven by a brief that includes other practical parameters like reliability, interference with the interior, the simplicity of maneuvers and the versatility of cruising and racing versions.
All the candidates we tested came from either ORMA trimarans, foiling and non-foiling IMOCA monohulls and the past three America’s Cup multihull editions. Ultimately it’s about finding the right compromise for this program.”
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