"Gusto was a traditionally styled cutter built in cold molded wood. She was the first of three designs that we ultimately built at French & Webb in Belfast, Maine. My office engineered the construction for epoxy saturated cold molded wood construction just as I believe Sam Crocker or John Alden would have done had the technology been available in their time. The interior and deck details were meant to evoke the feeling of the beginning of the past century. Given a reasonable amount of maintenance by the owner, I'm pretty sure cold molded yachts will outlast all other methods of construction." Chuck Paine from My Yacht Designs and The Lessons They Taught Me
There is reason that Chuck Paine and Charles Doane sing from the rooftops about this yacht, the design qualities, artisan builders and the sailing characteristics of this yacht... because this yacht is kind of vessel that yachties dream about. Exceptionally well built to the exacting standards of a world class designer Gusto has a level of pedigree that is rarely seen in the modern cruising yacht. Designed to sail, built to last and maintained out of love, Gusto is no less than just spectacular.
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"Gusto was launched in 2002 by French & Webb, a high-end custom builder in Belfast, Maine, that specializes in cold-molded wood construction. The boat's hull, 1 3/8 inch thick, is composed of an exterior layer of strip-planked mahogany, three intermediate layers of of diagonal red cedar veneers, and an interior layer of stip planked Douglas fir, all vacuum-bagged and laid up in epoxy. For abrasion resistance, the hull is sheathed in two layers of 9-ounce E-glass cloth also set in epoxy. Strong floor timbers tie the keel to the stringers that help distribute the load from the external lead ballast. The keel itself is of stack-laminated wood and is strengthened in it fine aft section with extra S-glass sheathing. To save weight there is no interior framing. Instead the hull skin above the keel root is entirely supported by internal bulkheads and furniture components. The Interior joinery is world class and features Herreshoff-style trim and beautiful white head beaded panel bulkheads, including a gorgeous oval-framed partial bulkhead aft." ~ Charles J. Doane from The Modern Cruising Sailboat
"Gusto's rig is much more modern than traditional. The sail plan, a straight slutter rig, with a detachable inner forestay that can support a hanked-on staysail or storm jib, is rather conventional for a bluewater cruising boat. Materials, however, are thoroughly contemporary. The spars are all carbon fiber*; the standing rigging is all lightweight Navtec rod, with a hydraulic adjustable backstay the sail inventory boasts a suit of ... cruising sails... To help with the grinding when tacking there's a pair of electric primary winches in the cockpit. More recently recently, ... has added a detachable carbon-fiber bowsprit to facilitate the flying of large asymmetrical spinnaker" Charles J. Doane from The Modern Cruising Sailboat
The electrical system is very well engineered with the Master AC DC panel located in the Nav Station area. Alternator: Balmar 100 amp with MaxCharge Regulator
Seat at helm installed ~ Mar. 2011
"The accommodations plan is traditional, with a no-nonsense emphasis on sea berths. The seatbacks of the two straight settees in the saloon swing up to form adjustable overhead pilot berths. With a V-berth forward plus a large double quarter berth aft, the boat can sleep eight in harbor or 5 comfortably at sea. There are two separate heads, both fitted with showers. Both the galley and nav station, just forward of the companionway, are large and secure with lots of modern gear and conveniences. Behind the aft head to port there is a great systems space through which the 56 hp Yanmar diesel engine (mounted facing aft with V drive) can be easily accessed and serviced." ~ Charles J. Doane from The Modern Cruising Sailboat
In the V-berth of vessel there is plenty of storage, with hatches running below the hinged shelves and a work space located on berth. There are two diesel tanks located below the berth. The wash down pump is located to starboard in the aft hatch and a reverso oil change system located to the aft port berth hatch. With overhead Cantalupi lighting and two hella turbo fans you will be able to work or sleep comfortably.
As you move aft into the forward head to the starboard side, you have a teak bench seat with storage outboard. There is a shower wand with a hot/cold mixing head above the bench with a stainless steel towel rack over head, and a teak grated floor. To the port side is a manual Lavac head, with a stainless steel sink with hot/cold pressurized fresh water. Storage outboard of the sink, and a Aqua Source water filter located below the sink. Also featured:
The salon space is comprised of two settees, port and starboard. Both backs of the settees are hinged and clip to the ceiling to create (4) twin berths, (2) lower with lee cloths and (2) upper. In the center of the salon is a leafed table with glass or bottle storage in the center.
The U-shaped galley of Gusto, with harness clips for safety, is located aft of the salon to starboard. Above and outboard of the stove and refrigeration system is plate and cup storage with pantry space. Forward of the stove is outboard drawer storage, and aft is a lower refrigeration door with counter top access above. Also featured:
Located to port of the galley the aft facing navigation station offers great light and space with great access to the cockpit and crew running the yacht. This area also boasts:
Located aft of the navigation station is the aft/day head. This area offers:
Moving to starboard on Gusto is a quarter berth. With a large hanging locker and a double bunk this is a very comfortable spot to sleep. There is storage outboard and a opening port, with a Hella 12-volt turbo fan.
Upgrades and Maintenance
GUSTO was designed and built in accordance with the 1994 ABS Guide for Building and Classing Offshore Yachts. She has passed the inspections mandated by the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race (2003) and the Newport to Bermuda Race (2006) for Category 1 Ocean Races.
Maintenance & Upgrades
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