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Spring is Sprung!

Final fittings

...so start planning...

Dry commissioning has started, but GT35-01 is still in final construction stages, set to be on the water on 28th March. As you can see from the photo above, final equipment is being fitted and commissioned.

As commissioning progresses we turn our attention to post-launch priorities and the first priority being to get the owner support and warranty service up and running. This is now sorted and I am very pleased to say that there is now an efficient and bespoke system in place for fast-tracking equipment and spares to owners wherever they may be in the world. One phone call or email is all it takes and the owner support service kicks in. No need to worry. Simple.

Also, we are pleased to announce that we will be showing GT35-01 at the East Coast New Boat Weekend taking place at Shotley Marina on the weekend of 26th April. An amazing opportunity to come and see the boat in the flesh this spring. Also, if you are interested in test sailing then let us know - we have a good list already so you need to get your skates on if you think you might want an early build slot. We are starting to book people in for test sails during the first half of April.

Walnut dash..!
The owner of GT35-01 has opted for a series 205 Fusion audio system with iPod dock, all nicely laid out on the walnut panel which simply hinges down for easy access. There's also a wifi enabled Raymarine c95 plotter which, apart from displaying the usual array of navigation data, displays tank data from the high quality digital Offshore Systems tank senders.

I must say that creating the GT35 has been truly exciting and I'm even more pleased at the level of market interest. Stephen Jones always draws a slippery hull so I'm looking forward to sailing the yacht, that day is now fast approaching.
I like to add a small comment about the quality of the engineering that has gone into the GT35. This month I thought it would be important to start to look at the sailing qualities. Once the boat is on the water I can report on the performance, but I'd like to share the design aspects of the deck that really go to make this a sailor's yacht.

A large bosun's locker up forward takes care of warps and fenders (everything you don't need when out on the water) leaving the cockpit locker free from clutter. Wide side decks extend all the way aft allowing easy access all the way stem to stern. Deep coamings in the cockpit provide excellent protection as well as comfortable back support when seated-in (something that seems to be somewhat overlooked these days). All control and mast lines led aft to the cockpit with 7 clutches per side. Bridge deck with halyard bin. Half a dozen comfortable positions for the helm and good sprayhood cover for the crew!

On the inside, as you can see from the photo above, the galley is both large and seamanlike and the list of seaworthy features goes on so you really need to come and see for yourself....
 
All the best,
Conrad.
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