Gunfleet Sailing Yachts & Hardy Motor Yachts built by the Windboats Group

1st Floor, Riverside, Fox's Marina, IP2 8NJ Ipswich
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Telephone +44 1473 694747
Fax +44 1603 784106

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boot 2019 hall map (Hall 16): stand D58

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Julian Weatherill

Head of Sales & Marketing - GUNFLEET YACHTS

+44 7803 301851


Julian Weatherill

Head of Sales & Marketing - HARDY MOTOR YACHTS

+44 7803 301851


Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Boats and Yachts
  • 01.01  Sailing Boats & Yachts
  • 01.01.03  Sailing Yachts / Cabin Boats (Sail)

Sailing Yachts / Cabin Boats (Sail)

  • 01  Boats and Yachts
  • 01.02  Motorboats & -Yachts
  • 01.02.04  Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Our products

Product category: Sailing Yachts / Cabin Boats (Sail)

Gunfleet 58 (exhibiting)

Nominated for the European Yacht of the Year and chosen as SAIL magazines Best Boats Flagship in 2015, the Gunfleet 58 combines a stunning profile with excellent performance and best in class accommodation and features.

Gunfleet yachts have been designed from the outset with the great cruising advantage of shoal draft centreboard keels, opening up many cruising grounds throughout the world that would not normally be accessible to performance sailing yachts.
Their external ballast keels maintain stability and give good grip on the water when manoeuvering with the board raised. The board pivots up hydraulically, stowing in the keel, and therefore does not affect the accommodation. Push the ‘Board Down’ button and the yachts have phenomenal up-wind performance.
The best of both worlds…

For us, design is first and foremost about creating great looking, safe, seaworthy yachts that are a delight to sail, easy to handle and a pleasure to be aboard. Gunfleet designer Tony Castro has an impressive history of designing championship racers and Round the World race boats, and his innovative design has earned him four ‘Boat of the Year’ Awards, including one for the Gunfleet 58. This vast experience has been fully exploited in the Gunfleet range.
Their twin rudders grip the water well, giving finger-light and precise control in just about all conditions. This means minimal loads on the autopilot – but also makes helming a Gunfleet a very special experience

Bringing together a formidable team of highly experienced managers and accomplished craftsmen, we have a common goal; to raise the bar on every aspect of build quality by using the best available materials and equipment and building to the highest possible standards.
Each bespoke build gives individuality to your yacht and our range of quality timbers and finishes give you the luxury of customising every detail.
As the yacht owner, we will liaise closely with you during the build process to ensure that your yacht is perfectly tailored to your needs.

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Product category: Sailing Yachts / Cabin Boats (Sail)

Gunfleet 74

Designer Tony Castro has created a spectacular yacht in the new Gunfleet 74. The sleek outboard profile and powerful hull lines will ensure head-turning attention and real pride of ownership. In all, she is a simply stunning cruising yacht with powerful performance, variable draft and class-leading accommodation, and offers more than any other yacht in this size range.

The Gunfleet 74 offers an unbeatable range of features usually only found on much larger yachts, not surprising given the amount of experience behind this project. Like her smaller sisters, the Gunfleet 74 features an anchorage friendly, low centre of gravity, shoal draft, bulb keel with a centreboard and twin rudders. Hence this 74 footer draws just 2.06 metres ‘board up’ but has a sailing draft of 4.11 metres.

The 74’s performance orientated sail plan is complemented by a choice of cutter gear or a solent jib with hydraulic furling on both headstays for ease of handling. The standard rig is a fully battened mainsail, but in-mast furling or in-boom furling are also available.

On deck, the 74 is designed for ease of operation by professional crew, as well as providing generous relaxing areas for guests. Sailing operations all take place in the separate aft cockpit, featuring twin ‘Flightdeck’ pedestals – well out of the way of guests. The exceptionally large, forward cockpit provides generous seating and twin cockpit tables, each incorporating refrigerated drinks coolers. This is a boat for serious alfresco relaxation and guests will enjoy the flush aft deck, which is the perfect place for sunbathing, before taking to the water via the hydraulic stern platform.

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Product category: Sailing Yachts / Cabin Boats (Sail)

Gunfleet 43

A remarkable boat, combining sparkling performance with an astonishingly spacious interior, the Gunfleet 43 is rewarding to sail in all weathers, being light on the helm yet positive. Her non-overlapping high aspect headsail provides excellent pointing ability and she is quick and easy to tack. Fast to accelerate, she gets into the groove quickly with hull speeds that defy her size and displacement. Above all, she feels comfortable and secure under sail and will take long passages in her stride without tiring her crew.

The cockpit and deck layout have been perfectly designed for easy, short-handed sailing, with sheets and traveller all within reach of the helmsman. There is excellent visibility from behind the ‘Flightdeck’ helm and the 43 provides a dry, comfortable ride. A unique feature is her flush aft deck, immediately behind the centre cockpit, effectively doubling the leisure space in warmer climes and perfect for relaxing and sunbathing.

Fitted as standard with a 2.1m (6’9”) fin keel with lead bulb, a centreboard option is also available. This has the versatility of a shoal 1.38m (4’6”) bulb keel, within which is a centreboard drawing 2.7m (8’10”) when lowered for fantastic up-wind performance.  The Gunfleet 43 has twin rudders, giving an unbelievable degree of balance and control.

The 43 features a spacious, light and airy saloon with centreline table, bar area and two settees, which double as seaberths. The galley is practical and a joy to use with abundant stowage in soft-close drawers, integrated GN Espace cooker, a ‘water station’ sink and stainless steel front-opening fridge/freezer. The real wow factor has to be the owner’s cabin, which offers the sort of space you would normally only expect to find on a yacht over 50 feet.

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Product category: Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Hardy 65


The flagship of the Hardy range, this stunning semi-displacement Andrew Wolstenholme design brings ‘little ship’ characteristics to the motor yacht market, making the Hardy 65 ideal for the serious cruising yachtsman.

Capable of up to 30 knots from a twin 1,200hp installation, her standard MAN 800hp engines will give 25 knots, with quiet, comfortable, effortless cruising in just about any weather conditions. Engine controls are located in the wheelhouse, flybridge and aft deck and 6,100 litres of fuel can be carried – another indication that this motor yacht is built to go places.

The expansive flybridge deck, which is accessed from the aft deck and directly from the wheelhouse, offers various seating and dining areas, with plenty of space left over to stow a RIB.
The aft deck is laid out to suit al fresco dining and leads through double doors to a light, bright saloon.

Various layouts are possible, including having the galley just aft of the wheelhouse, or at the lower accommodation level.

Sleeping accommodation typically comprises three double en-suite cabins, with the owner’s stateroom comfortably positioned amidships and flooded with light through four large hull windows.

Below the aft deck, and accessed via a door in the aft superstructure, the lazarette area can be fitted with crew accommodation and also serves as a utility/workshop area. A watertight door leads through to a proper engine room that has standing headroom and easy maintenance access to all equipment.

The Hardy 65 is built on a semi-custom basis allowing buyers to optimize both the interior layout and finishing of their yachts to precisely match their cruising requirements and tastes.

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Product category: Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Hardy 52DS

An exciting new big sister to the Hardy 40DS.  A new development on the Hardy 50 hull, this aft cockpit version offers fantastic flexibility.

Three sleeping cabins, a vast saloon and cockpit area, plus the option of a large flybridge.

The 52DS may be built with a large flybridge, or with a low-profile superstructure better suited to inland use.

From aft, she has a large integral bathing platform, leading through to the cockpit, fitted with cushioned seating and plenty of space for dining. Below the sole is a vast storage locker.

Full-width doors forward, the owner has a large double berthed en-suite cabin and amidships are two twin berthed cabins sharing the second head/shower.

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Product category: Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Hardy 52

The Hardy 52 has all of the excellent sea-keeping characteristics of her smaller sister, the 42, but allows a larger family group to cruise together, while still being easy to manage by a couple for long periods and distances.

This powerful yacht may be fitted with engine installations up to 2 x 800hp, giving the potential of nearly 30 knots. The standard Volvo D11 625hp units give up to around 25 knots and economical cruising.  A RIB can be stowed on the large aft coachroof, deployed with an optional hydraulic crane, and her large flybridge can be accessed directly from the wheelhouse by a stairway as well as from the aft coachroof.

In addition to the direct flybridge access, she has doors either side of the raised helm area, which is fitted with twin sprung helm seats, a chart area, plus a settee and table. The aft section of the saloon has a comfortable lounging settee with storage and drinks fridge opposite.  Her aft owners stateroom has a centre king-size bed, extensive locker space, dressing table with head and walk-in shower.  A stairway at the forward end of the saloon leads down to the galley, opposite which is a large larder. This could equally well be fitted out as an office.

Heading aft down a few steps is access to the third sleeping cabin, fitted with upper/lower berths. There is a third head/shower, which doubles as a day head and give access to the utility/workshop area. This has a laundry as well as giving very easy access to the main vessel utilities for maintenance. A watertight door leads from there to the capacious and carefully laid out engine room.

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Product category: Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Hardy 42

Described by Motor Boat & Yachting magazine as ‘the serious cruiser’s choice’, and arguably the class leader of her size and type, the Hardy 42 is an exceptional motor yacht, blending elegant looks with systems engineering built to exacting standards.

The Andrew Wolstenholme hull design is capable of more than 25 knots with truly exceptional sea-keeping ability, allowing the crew to enjoy a remarkably smooth ride and maintain high cruising speeds even in adverse weather conditions.  A range of engine installations are available depending on the owner’s cruising and performance requirements and even with 2 x 450hp working hard, noise levels in the saloon are exceptionally low.

The well-appointed and spacious accommodation includes a generously-proportioned flybridge and large aft coachroof giving plenty of outdoor living space, with wide, safe walk-around decks that can conform to MCA Workboat Code if required.
Doors port and starboard give access to the wheelhouse/saloon area, and a very comfortable en-suite owner’s stateroom is located aft.

The forward accommodation comprises a well- equipped galley, head/shower and ‘V’ berth guest cabin, as well as the option of either an additional single berthed cabin or a utility area. Further customisation of the layout is possible.  The 42 is equally suited to all-weather cruising as well as commercial use, such as the 42s owned by the RNLI and Raymarine.

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Product category: Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Hardy 40DS

A recent addition to the range, the Hardy 40DS offers contemporary and stylish living and entertaining accommodation, combined with first-class engineering, for all-weather sea and inland cruising.

This inspired development of the Hardy 42 hull has superb live-aboard space with a single-level wheelhouse, saloon and cockpit area that is around half her total length. There is also a luxuriously appointed owner’s double cabin, a further twin berthed guest cabin and a very spacious head with stall shower.  The comprehensively-equipped galley is located in the saloon and can be fitted in such a way that all equipment is concealed when not in use. The forward facing wheelhouse windows reduce glare and heat build-up.

Outside there is a large bathing platform, formed by the aft two feet of the hull and accessed from her large aft cockpit through a door in the transom.  The 40DS is fitted as standard with a single 440hp Yanmar that gives very economical cruising up to around 19 knots. The propeller is well protected by both the keel and a stainless steel strap, running aft from the underside of the keel, on which the rudder is mounted, making it perfect for inland use, yet retaining exceptional sea-keeping attributes.

A bow thruster is fitted as standard; optional extras include a stern thruster and a twin-engine installation.
You can choose from a maple and walnut interior for a contemporary look or opt for a more traditional scheme if preferred.

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Product category: Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Hardy 36

Bringing a more modern look to the traditional trawler yacht, the 36 has been a firm favourite of anyone with an eye for good lines on a proper sea-going boat since her introduction.

The design has an enviable reputation as a serious sea-going boat that can be used in weather conditions many other boats could not comfortably handle. Her easily-driven hull shape works efficiently from tick-over speed up to around 20 knots.  Below the waterline, she has a long, deep keel that protects the propellers and rudders when standing legs are used or she is dried out alongside a wall.

The Hardy 36 has well-protected walk-around decks, with plenty of open living space on the aft coachroof and flybridge.  Below decks, she has two double berthed cabins each with heads/showers and a spacious galley. Her saloon has a large U-shaped settee that may convert into an additional double berth, with additional seating opposite.

At sea, the forward end of the settee folds up to provide twin navigator’s seats, with the helm position opposite.  The 36 is fitted as standard with twin 240hp Yanmars, giving around 18 knots, though other engine options, including a single engine installation, are possible.

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Product category: Motoryachts / Cabin Boats (Engine)

Hardy 32DS

A combination of speed and the sea-keeping characteristics needed for fast offshore cruising, as well as the ability to explore inland waterways, are on offer in the Hardy 32DS.

Originally introduced as the Commander 32, this model has been completely updated and is now available with two additional new layouts.  The Andrew Wolstenholme-designed hull can plane when required, but also has the ability to semi-displace in bad weather. In addition, her keel gives directional stability and helps protect the stern gear, while her relatively low profile helps manoeuvring in windy conditions.

Twin Yanmar 240hp inboards with shafts give over 25 knots and other installations are available, including single screw.  The 32DS is offered with three optional interior layouts and can be configured to sleep up to six. Her large deck saloon, with overhead sliding sun-roof opening through to the spacious cockpit, makes a large light living area.

You can choose from one double sleeping cabin, a double plus convertible dinette, or a double plus upper/lower berthed cabin. The galley can be ‘up’ or ‘down’.  Side and fore decks have high bulwarks, with further protection from stainless steel guardrails, ensuring that movement around the decks is safe and secure. The cockpit may be totally enclosed, and below the floor there is plenty of storage – perfect for cruising gear.

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About us

Company details

Gunfleet Sailing Yachts & Hardy Motor Yachts

Our mission at GUNFLEET is simple - to efficiently build comfortable, fast, seaworthy cruising yachts of exquisite quality and support them with an after sales service that is second to none. Built with pride in Great Britain, Gunfleet yachts combine innovative and stylish design with the latest technology and are rich in practical, seamanlike features because, while design moves forward, the sea never changes.

Before creating Gunfleet, Founder, Richard Matthews, spent over 35 years building up one of the UK’s most successful yacht companies, Oyster, which he sold in 2008. Looking for a new challenge, the idea of utilising all these years of experience to form a new yacht building brand proved irresistible and the Gunfleet range of performance, variable draft cruising yachts was launched. The Gunfleet brand is operated by Windboats Marine. Moulding and fitting out is carried out at their yard in Norfolk, then the yachts are launched and commissioned at Fox’s Marina in Ipswich, where the Sales Office is located.

Windboats is one of the oldest yacht yards in the country, now approaching it centenary. It has a rich history, which includes thirty years of fitting out nearly 300 Oyster yachts up to 72ft.


At HARDY MARINE we are proud to say that we have now delivered well over 4,000 boats worldwide, making us one of the most prolific British boatbuilders.

Over the past 40 years the high build quality and customer support we have offered has resulted in many of our owners buying from us again and again, enjoying the strong resale values our boats attract.

Our company was founded by John Hardy in 1976 and initially built small motor sailers designed by Colin Mudie. High demand led to the building facility in North Walsham, Norfolk being expanded to its current size in 1982.
In these early years large numbers of small motor boats were built, with the brand being expanded in the early 80s to include the Seawings range.

The Andrew Wolstenholme-designed semi-displacement Hardy 36 was introduced in 1997, followed by the Commander 32 and Commodore 42 a few years later. Building on the reputation these yachts generated, the Hardy 50 hit the market in 2004 and the first of our flagship design, the Hardy 62, was completed in 2013.
In 2013, Hardy Marine came under the ownership of the Windboats Group, which has been boatbuilding in Norfolk since 1920.

Over the past 30 years, most of Windboats’ effort was directed at producing nearly 300 Oyster world cruising yachts of up to 72ft, and the building expertise and design flair developed from this has now been brought to our highly respected Hardy brand. The Windboats Group also builds and markets the innovative Gunfleet range of 43ft to 74ft fast ocean sailing yachts, in addition to the highly respected Trusty 23 and 28.

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