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How Hexcel and SF Composites combined their considerable forces to make the already magnificent Gunboat 68 even better.

Gunboat’s success in the cruiser/racer multihull world has been driven by many factors, not least a reputation for performance on the water that matches the sleek modern looks that the marque has become so well known for.

The Gunboat 68 is no exception, with the group’s latest, series-built, luxury cruising cat featuring a complex carbon fiber composite construction that presented an opportunity to develop new partnerships with raw material providers.

Gunboat’s target was to identify a supplier that could deliver the entire package of dry carbon fibre reinforcements used for the 68’s hull and deck. The first boat was launched in January 2019 and it was at this time that SF Composites, part of Hexcel’s official distributor network in Europe, started to work with Gunboat and began to optimize the supply chain for the series production of subsequent yachts. Read on.