Gunboat 48 for sale

Tarragona, Spain

Listed price €1,300,000 EUR

Tax Paid / Included

Gunboat 48 - 2008 Gunboat 48 'SPIRIT OF AFRICA' for sale
General information
Gunboat 48
Used sail boat for sale
£1,116,499 GBP | Listed price €1,300,000 EUR
Price comment
Launched 2009 - Hull No.6 of 6 Gunboat 48's
Tax / VAT status
Paid / Included
Name of boat
Spirit of Africa
Morrelli & Melvin
Length overall
14.74 metres
Length waterline
11.82 metres
7.39 metres
0.60 metres
10,600 kg
Carbon & Kevlar Epoxy Sandwich
Tarragona, Spain

About this Gunboat 48


Extremely rare to the market carbon-built Gunboat 48 and the very last out the mould. Just one private owner since new and now offered for sale with a great performance cruising inventory


Arguably the boat that started the current trend for composite performance cruising catamarans. Real world proof that you can have your cake and eat it. Sculpted in carbon and Kevlar to designs by Morrelli & Melvin and the very last to be launched from a run of 6 built between 2004 & 2009, SPIRIT OF AFRICA has benefitted from just one caring private owner since new.

Much updated over the earlier builds, SPIRIT OF AFRICA represents arguably the most effective way to cover ground quickly and in total comfort. With fanatical attention to detail and weight-saving, Gunboat 48’s are easily capable of upwards of 400Nm per day in ideal conditions.

Fitted out for low-carbon footprint effortless long-distance cruising, SPIRIT OF AFRICA boasts many inventory highlights including:-

• Carbon & Kevlar hull construction with epoxy foam sandwich and Nomex aramid honeycomb

• 3-cabin, 3-heads interior layout with fantastic owner’s cabin aft and VIP cabins forward.

• Twin 40hp Lombardini engines

• Integrated twin bowthrusters and stern thruster with joystick boat control

• Carbon daggerboards with 0.60m-2.20m draft

• Retractable carbon fibre rudders

• Twin autopilot systems

• B&G navigation system with plotter, HD radar, AIS and night-vision top-mast camera

• Iridium satellite phone

• SSB radio with HF mail system

• Lewmar Electric winches

• Harken deck gear

• Facnor continuous line jib furler and self-tacking jib system

• Harken low-friction battencars for fully-battened mainsail

• Marstrom carbon spars with Aramid standing rigging for reduced weight aloft

• North 3Di Mainsail and jib

• Furling Code Zero and Spinnakers

• Carbon davits with Zodiac console tender and 20hp outboard

• Solar panel bank with 10 x 160W panels

• Lithium-Ion service batteries

• Empirbus DC switching system

• Victron inverter

• DC watermaker with 80lph output

• Diesel fired heating and DC ventilation fans

• Fridges and freezers

• Electric heads

Spanish flagged, EU VAT and Spanish matriculation taxes paid, privately used and 100% ready to go.

High-resolution photographs and walk-through videos available on request.


Built from 2004-2009 and designed for uncrewed, family sabbatical sailing, the GUNBOAT 48 series captivated the sailing dreams of an even broader scope of sailors. The overall design premise for the 48 followed on the heels of the wildly successful Gunboat 62 and called upon designers Morrelli and Melvin to achieve the same dream but in a package built for owner-operators – with simple systems, Gunboat performance, and the usual ease of handling.

The interior and accommodations had to be light and airy, with the salon, helm, and galley located on the main deck within the pilothouse and a spacious, well-protected aft cockpit for dining and lounging on the shaded double daybed. She featured three queen berths, a convertible office/4th berth, and two heads within the hulls.

Highly sought after, only six Gunboat 48’s were built and they rarely change hands. Over the years the 48 has captured the hearts of many sailors who dream of quality world-cruising on their own terms, from the clandestine love of quiet owners who may never part with them to the well-known adventurers who bequeath their ownership to friends. Look closely in the Caribbean, the South Pacific, or the fjords of Norway, and you just may sight one of these mythical two-hulled creatures.


“The Gunboat 48: a classic catamaran. They only built six of them and they rarely come up for sale.

The 48 is the Owner Operator Gunboat set up for short-handed sailing. I think she’s the best-looking Gunboat: she looks like an E-Type Jag on the water with that long bow. An absolute legend that goes like the wind...”

“…The 48 is around the same length as many popular production boats like the Nautitech 46 Open and the Lagoon 46, but she´s quite a bit faster…She is lightning quick. The 48 has to be one of the best-looking cats on the water. That cosy protected helm, a short step away from the mast and all of the lines. The aft cockpit or “back porch” is a great place to hang out if you want a break from all of the action.

For owner-operators, the Gunboat 48 is well set up for short-handed sailing. That’s not something you can say about their larger models, except maybe the 55.”

“Original Gunboat founder Peter Johnstone picked up the phone to Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin when he was dreaming up the 48. These are all guys who love to sail, and the brief was for a boat that would increase the fun factor while being safe, reliable, and seaworthy for a cruising couple. And being a Gunboat, this catamaran had to be fast!

What they came up with was a powerful, no nonsense catamaran built of the latest, lightest materials, with ample room to sleep and relax that was easy to sail with a short-handed crew. The 48 was the second design off the blocks after the 62 (including Tribe, the original Gunboat). They later extended the 62 into the 66…”

“…The Gunboat 48 starts to shine when you get the sails up and the big difference between this boat and other multihulls is that you will be covering good ground upwind too. The high roach main and self-tacking jib is well set up for shorthanded sailing.

The tacking angle is around 100 degrees going into the wind and you can expect boat speeds of between 7.5 to 9 knots on a close reach in decent conditions.

Head off the wind and you will sail close to wind speed with the right sails up (gennaker, code 0 or jib), tacking downwind again at 90-100 degrees for the best VMG (velocity to waypoint).

When the 48 hits 12 knots, she really starts to fly. In the right conditions sailed properly, you should be seeing speeds in the 20s – OK, you might be getting a helping hand from the waves, but you get my drift – this is a fast catamaran. Even in light winds you should see speeds approaching True Wind Speed.”

“…What do you get for your money? Well, vacuum-bagged, oven-cured hulls and a foam sandwich deck built with epoxy, (biaxial with unidirectional glass) and Kevlar plus carbon fibre, dagger-boards, lifting rudders, stringers, ring frames, and a crossbeam. This yacht couldn´t be further away from a similar sized production cat like the Fountaine Pajot 45 or the Lagoon 46. It´s all in the details. Oh, and you get a slice of catamaran history of course…”



RCD Status:

• It is our understanding that the yacht conforms with the essential safety requirements of Directive 94/25EC (Recreational Craft Directive) and is categorised A — "Ocean".

Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:

• Composite construction of vacuum-bagged, epoxy foam sandwich and Nomex aramid honeycomb with carbon fibre inner skins and Kevlar outer skins for impact resistance

• Carbon fibre stringers, ring fames and crossbeam

• White painted topsides and superstructure

• Cream painted non-slip deck surfaces

• Teak laid aft cockpit and bathing platform steps

• Lightship weight: 8,025 Kg

• Loaded displacement: 10,600 Kg

Keel & Rudder:

• Carbon fibre retractable rudders

• Carbon fibre retractable daggerboards – 0.60m-2.20m draft – manual block & tackle adjustment


Engines & gearboxes:

• 2x Lombardini LDW1404M 4-cylinder marine diesel engines producing 40hp @ 3,600rpm

• Fresh water cooling via raw water intake and heat exchangers

• Mechanical reduction gearboxes

• ZF electronic gear/throttle controls

• Shaft drive

• Aquadrive flexible drive couplings

• Twin Separ 2000/5/50 fuel/water filters for each engine

• Vetus exhaust systems

Maintenance & Performance:

• Engine hours: Approx 365 as of Summer 2021

• Date of last engine servicing - 2020

Propulsion & Steering:

• Feather/folding propellers

• Edson custom lacquered carbon fibre helm wheel

• Cable steering system

• MaxPower 12vDC twin bowthrusters with joystick controls at helm station

• MaxPower 12vDC sternthruster (starboard hull) with joystick control at helm station

• Vessel control joystick for integrated thruster movement

• Emergency steering system


Voltage systems:

• 12vDC primary domestic system with 12vDC start system and 220vAC via inverter of shorepower

• Empirbus digital switching system

Battery Banks:

• 4 x Super B 12vDC 160 Ah Lithium-Ion service batteries - 2015

• 3 x Super B 12vDC 25Ah Lithium-Ion batteries - 2015

• 12vDC engine start batteries

• 12vDC electric winch batteries

• 12vDC bow & stern thruster batteries

• Parallel switch for engine/service bank

• Super 8 Voltage and charge control display

• Victron Energy colour control display BMV-700

• Victron Battery monitor BMV-700

Chargers & Inverters:

• Victron Energy 12vDC automatic battery charger

• Victron Energy Phoenix Inverter Compact 1600W (3000W peak) with controller

Solar Power:

• 10 x 160W solar panels on cabin top arranged in two banks (port and starboard)

• 2 x BlueSolar MPPT 150/70 chart controllers


• 110Amp 12v engine-mounted alternator for charging service batteries

• 12v engine-mounted alternator for charging engine start battery


• 220vAC shore power system with twin 50Amp Marinco inputs

• Ring-main with 220vAC sockets throughout yacht


Fresh Water:

• 12vDC pressure system

• Hot water supplied via engine cooling with calorifier or via 230vAC immersion heater element from shore power in well-insulated hot water tank

• Hot & cold pressurised water to galley, heads and shower in cockpit


• Eco Sistems Water-Pro 12vDC modular reverse-osmosis watermaker producing approx. 80 litres per hour

Bilge Pumps:

• 2 x 12vDC electric bilge pumps located in the engine rooms

• Bilge pump override switch at AC/DC panel

• Whale manual bilge pump in cockpit

Black Water:

• Black water discharges to holding tanks or overboard via diverter switches



• Approx. 480 litres in 2x 240 litres polyethylene fuel tanks

• Tank Tender manual tank level gauge

Fresh Water:

• Approx. 480 litres in 2x 240 litres polyethylene freshwater tanks

• Tank Tender manual tank level gauge

Salt Water:

• 18 litre stainless steel salt water tank for manual supply at galley

Holding Tanks:

• 2 x 151.5 litre blackwater holding tanks in the forward head – discharge to sea or via deck extraction

• 1 x 64.4 litre blackwater holding tanks in the aft head – discharge to sea or via deck extraction


Navigation equipment

• B&G Zeus2 LCD colour GPS chart plotter display

• B&G digital radar scanner – spreader mounted

• B&G H5000 multi-display instruments with Airmar speed, depth, temperature transducers and B&G wind transducer

• B&G H5000 autopilot system with controller at helm station

• Raymarine secondary autopilot system connected to Type 25 drive unit with control head at helm station

• NCR-333 Navtex receiver

• SeaMe active radar reflector

• Ritchie Powerdamp Plus steering compass

• Masthead nightvision camera integrated to B&G display

• AIS transceiver

Communications Equipment:

• JRC VHF with DSC

• Iridium satellite telephone system

• Jotron Tron TR20

• JRC NCM-1770 VHF

• JRC JSB-196GM 150w SSB radio telephone

• JRC NCT-196N DSC/NBDP Modem with HF email and internal DSC watchkeeping receiver

• Jotron Tron TR20 GMDSS VHF Radio



• Force 10 stainless steel gimballed stove with 3-burners, oven and grill

• Vitrifrigo front opening fridge with freezer box

• Sundanzer 6 cubic ft. top loading freezer

• Hot & cold pressurised fresh water supply to carbon fibre inset sink

• Filtered pressurised fresh water supply

• Manual saltwater rinse supply


• Tecma 12vDC Electric heads

• Hot & cold pressurised showers in heads

Heating & Ventilation:

• 12vDC ventilation fans

• Espar diesel fired hot air cabin heating system


• JVC EXAD multimedia system

• Bose Audio speakers in the internally and external with individual volume controls

• Calibra Stealth 1600W 4 channel Amplifier

• LG 24’ TV

• Glomex amplified TV/FM aerial


• Low power consumption LED lighting throughout

• Red night lighting in the salon


Summary of Accommodation:

• Up to 7 berths in three double berths with additional upper bunk berth in port aft cabin. Three heads.

• Headroom - Saloon approx. 1.98m / 6’6”

• Headroom – Hulls approx. 1.98m/ 6’6″

Accommodation Finish:

• African sapele joinery throughout

• Laquered carbon fibre trim

• Cream leather upholstery in saloon

• Retractable blinds throughout

• Laminated headlinings

• Carbon stairs to access both hulls interior cabins

• African sapele galley worktops and surfaces in heads compartments

Description of Accommodation of the Port Hull:

Access to the hull:

• Carbon stairs with emergency escape hatch

• One door cabinet for food storage

• Two doors cabinet for fridge and Stowage lockers for crockery, pots and pans

• Vitifrigo 45W 130 liters

Aft Triple Cabin

• 2 x bunk beds

• 1 x extra bed transforming the below the bed

• 1 door cloth cabinet

• Leather hanging case to port and starboard sides

• 1 x opening deck hatch

• 2 x port holes gives light and ventilation.

• Port holes sunlight carbon covers

Forward Double Cabin:

• Centre line upper double berth with large storage lockers beneath

• Leather hanging case to port and starboard sides

• 1 x ventilation fan

• Opening deck hatch and port holes gives light and ventilation.

• Port holes sunlight carbon covers

• Access to the bow bathroom

Forward bathroom:

• 1 x carbon wash basin sink with fresh water tap

• African sapele cabinet with double door

• 1 x mirror with LED lights

• Electric TECMA WC toilet

• Separate shower with Led light wooden floor board

• 1 x port hole

• Hatch with mosquito net

Description of Accommodation of the Starboard Hull:

Access to the hull:

• Carbon stairs with emergency escape hatch

• Two doors cabinet for storage

Day heads:

• 1 x carbon wash basin with fresh water tap

• Electric TECMA WC toilet

• Open space for storage and direct access to the stern thruster

Double Cabin:

• Centre line upper double berth with large storage lockers beneath

• Leather hanging case to port and starboard sides

• 2 x ventilation fan

• Opening deck hatch and port holes gives light and ventilation.

• Port holes sunlight carbon covers

• Access to the bow bathroom

Bow bathroom:

• 1 x carbon wash basin sink with fresh water tap

• African sapele cabinet with double door

• 1 x mirror with LED lights

• Electric TECMA WC toilet

• Separate shower with Led light wooden floor board

• 1 x port hole

• Hatch with mosquito net

Description of Accommodation in Main Deck Level:

Main Saloon:

• Settee sofa with extending leaf dining table with stainless steel and carbon feet support

• Lateral armrest with inside locker for storage

• Generous stowage space beneath settee

• Built-in 2 seater sofa to portside with stainless steel and carbon feet support

• 2 x opening window to stern to provide ventilation

• 2 x movable carbon and stainless steel stool provide additional seating for dining purposes

Chart Table:

• African sapele furniture units to incorporate space for navigational instruments, electronics, and electrical distribution board

• AC/DC panels

• 2 x Lower locker

• Movable adjustable African sapele table


• 1 x sink in carbon with wood worktop

• 18 liters sweetwater tank

• Force 10 three burner stove with oven

• Gas stove with 2 x gas tank



• Marstrom lacquered carbon fibre spars

• Deck-stepped fractional mast with single set of swept-back spreaders

• Harken ball-bearing low-friction battencar system for mainsail

• Facnor continuos line furler for jib

• Harken self-tacking jib track

• Facnor furling gear for Code Zero with 2:1 halyard and adjustable tackline

• Harken deck gear

• Unidirectional Navtec high resistance aramid fibre shrouds – 2009

• Navtec Aramid forestays – 2009

• Bridle mainsheet aft to German mainsheet system led forward to control cockpit

• 2:1 mainsail halyard

• Lazyjacks for mainsail

• Spectra/Dyneema running rigging


• Lewmar 2-speed self-tailing winches with 2x electric control line/sheet winches and 1x central manual control line winch


• North Sails 3Di fully-battened mainsail – 2017

• North Sails 3Di furling self-tacking jib – 2017

• North Sails furling Code Zero – 2017

• 1 x Toni Tio Quantum Asymmetrical spinnaker

• 1 x North sails Asymmetrical spinnaker


• Guardrail stanchions with dyneema guardlines

• Deep aft cockpit with overhang structural bimini

• L-shaped cockpit seating

• Twin cockpit tables with infill for dining

• Hot and cold transom shower

• 2 x Carbon fibre passarelle

Covers, Cushions & Canvas:

• Cream leather cockpit upholstery

• Grey canvas mainsail cover

• Grey canvas aft cockpit screens

Anchoring & Mooring:

• Lewmar 12vDC reversing electric windlass with foot controls at helm station

• 20kgs ROCNA a anchor with 50m stainless steel chain

• Spade 7Kg kedge anchor

• Aluminium pop-up cleats

• Pressurised anchor wash in anchor locker

• Warps and fenders

Tender & Outboard:

• Carbon fibre fixed davits with 2x Lewmar 30ST 2-speed self-tailing davit winches

• 3.8m Zodiac tender RIB with jockey seat, bilge pump and nav lights up to 6pax

• Yamaha 20hp outboard engine


General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferafts, Epirbs, fire extinguishers and flares etc. are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on-board as part of the sale of a used vessel may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owners specific needs.

Life Navigation Lights:

• Navigation LED light bulbs

Life saving:

• 8-man liferaft – next service due 16/12/21

• Horseshoe buoy

• 406Mhz EPIRB

• SeaMe active radar reflector

• Emergency escape hatches inboard to port and starboard hulls

Fire control:

• 6 x Fire extinguishers in all cabins

• Automatic fire extinguishing system in engine room


Lying Tarragona, Spain

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Saturday by prior appointment

For more information or to arrange a viewing please contact us.

Please Note: Due to the varying locations of our yachts, your travel time and the distances that may be involved, we recommend that you only make arrangements to view if you are actively considering purchase.

Tel: +34 675 236 174


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2x Lombardini 40hp
Engine hours
Fuel capacity
480 litres
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Number of berths
Drinking water capacity
480 litres

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SO41 9BD
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