Sometimes boats go a long and difficult way before they see the light. The GT325 has come a long way and is now waiting for its world premiere.
Financial difficulties and a second chance
The original GT35 was designed by Stephen Jones. It was created under the wing of the Windboats shipyard from Norfolk. At one time it was an impressive cruiser - powerful, fast, roomy.
Alas, GT Yachts did not calculate its capabilities. Due to reckless costs and the practicalities of outsourced manufacturing, the company was only able to produce one GT35 boat.
One of the architects and designers of GT Yachts - Conrad Cockburn - along with Stephen Johnson continued to develop new projects. Among them was a larger and updated version of the Sadler 290.
However, all these plans and projects had to be frozen until better times. Years later, hope loomed on the horizon - investor Jerry Ramsdale. It was thanks to him that it was possible to restore work on many boats. Including - GT325.
New boat GT325
GT325 was conceived for cruising along the coast. The shipyard offers a choice of keel or double keel. In addition, a large amount of free space below deck remains unchanged. And this is with a very modest size of a yacht of 10 meters.
The GT325 was conceived as the successor to the GT35. In general, many features have been carried over from the GT35 to the new iteration of the boat. Can this be called a kind of remake? In a way.
If you look at the deck, the deep cockpit with high coamings immediately catches your eye. There is also a bathing platform on the transom, which is easy enough to open. In this case, if the bathing platform is raised, the cockpit will be completely closed. High bulwarks provide improved safety for the skipper and crew.
Despite the attention to crew comfort and safety, neither the GT35 nor the GT325 put performance at the forefront. Therefore, if you are looking for a yacht that would be similar in size, but at the same time with good driving performance, we recommend that you take a closer look at Dufour 37 or Dufour 32.
Cockburn and Jones tried to create a powerful and reliable boat. They spied on several ideas from competitors, among which is the creation of the lowest possible center of gravity. For this, a keel cast from lead is used, which is bolted to a molded frame.
Interestingly, the fibers used to create the hull are vacuum formed and run down to the frame/s (if the boat has two keels). This design allows you to make the boat more reliable.
The standard equipment of the boat includes a self-twisting staysail. You can also choose to arrange the twisting of the mainsail into a mast. This is a kind of homage to the first and last GT35 - it also had a twist in the mast.
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