The last few years have been very difficult for many of us economically here in the US, and worldwide. The boating industry, while not as critical to the fabric of our society as many other things, has been hard hit. I know for me, it has been a terrible struggle, and it seems that most marine sectors are hurting, too.
So now I hear that Gunboat, who makes arguably the highest standard cats in the world, has shut down its South African factory. This means the end, for now, of the Gunboat 66. The 50 and 60, which are new models being built in China, will not be affected. It would be my guess that these boats will carry the company along.
I wish all the best to Peter for great success going forward. While I have had my issues with the forward cockpit at times, I still view Gunboat as the purest performance catamaran we have seen on the market, and their well-being is a big indicator of the health, or lack thereof, of the market.