I was reading June’s Cruising World and there’s an article about the Gunboat 66 Gazelle. Herb McCormick, who wrote the article, describes a photo of the forward cockpit as a “signature, centrally located forward cockpit”.
Too bad he didn’t do his research… Gunboat stole the idea from the Chris White-designed Atlantic Catamarans, which had the “signature” forward cockpit, located just aft of the mast and with all the lines led to it in 1983. I really don’t think of the Gunboat as having the forward cockpit as its signature, when it was copied from another boat design. I wish McCormick would give credit where it is due.
The Atlantic series of catamarans originated the idea of having a pilothouse and the forward cockpit that the Gunboats copied. Here is Chris White’s original Atlantic 42 Catamaran, which was designed in 1983.
This is the Melvin & Morelli-designed Gunboat 62 catamaran. It features a very similar pilothouse and forward cockpit first seen on the Atlantic series of catamarans.
The major difference between the Gunboat and the Atlantic is pilothouse is wider on the Gunboat, but that is very similar to the larger Atlantic series catamarans, which followed the original Atlantic 42. The later Atlantic catamarans also had an aft deck, which was missing on the 42.