Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Design 2120 - Gunfleet of Hamble

Gunfleet of Hamble was designed and built for the the 1973 Admiral's Cup competition. Unfortunately she was late to the starting line and missed the opportunity to race. In the mean time the design was utilized for the new Swan 41 so by the time 1974 competition came around the custom one-off Gunfleet found herself racing against a stock boat of similar proportions.

Here's an early article on this very subject. That's a stock Swan 41 in the photograph below.

Gunfleet of Hamble was constructed of aluminum by Joyce Marine of Southampton, England.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 41'-0"
LWL 30'-3"
Beam 12'-0"
Draft 6'-6"
Displacement 17,675 lbs
Ballast 10,400 lbs
Sail Area 624 sq ft


  1. She´d fit well into my solo sailing dreams...!

  2. I've already commented on sailing on Gunfleet... Started by working on her construction at Joyce Marine in 1973...
    I'd been made redunent and Bob Jones utilised me as a "Jack of all trades". Started on her as foredeck hand and finished as sailing master..
    As stated she was build by the three brothers .....Joyce in Southampton and I have photos of her both at Joyce and Port Hamble where she was fitted out...We failed in the AC selection trials in 73 and 75.. Then Bob had her fitted out properly and she was sold, I believe, to the Canary Islands..
    I well remember that there was not an ounce of filler in/on the hull, John Joyce (a perfectionist) actually panel beat the whole 41 feet boat with a lump hammer and a six inch rule climbing inboard and outboard countless times...
    It's probably the cause of my loss of hearing..
    Any info would be gratly appreciated..
    Cheers Bob Egerton ( "Bob the Beard") r.egerton@tiscali.co.uk

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    2. Joyce brothers were wonderful craftsmen, really pleasant guys too.

  3. Conozco este barco, está en España y se encuentra en muy perfecto estado de conservación, y continúa navegando.
    Mi email: sarce@andaluciajunta.es