Company owner says decision followed two years of difficulty.

 

Gunboat International, a high performance luxury sailing manufacturer, announced Wednesday that it had filed for bankruptcy protection in a “perfect storm” of difficult business circumstances.

Company owner Peter Johnstone posted a letter on the Gunboat International Facebook page saying that a legal dispute with a boat building company was central to his own company’s financial problems.

The Chinese built Gunboat 60 series cost Gunboat a fortune to sort out,” Johnstone wrote. Gunboat felt an obligation to its customers and spent millions out of pocket, which proved to be a huge strain on our resources, focus and productivity.”

Johnstone said the builder had fought payment and reimbursement of building, rework and warranty costs. Gunboat International eventually filed a lawsuit against China-based boat builder Hudson Yacht and Marine Industries, who filed a counterclaim for breach of contract and separately for defamation.

The owner listed a number of other issues faced by the company, which specialises in building carbon fibre catamarans. These included boat accidents and the costs of investing in increased production. Ultimately, however, he said the problems were his own responsibility as sole owner.

“Business has ups and downs,” Johnstone said. “I have enjoyed 30 years of both results … I have learned far more from the failures than the accolades. We have a lot of good people, and we will see our way out of this period in the next two years.”

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  • jr023

    high end boat but you chose the cheap place to build, that is set for disaster
    but now they have your design and they will now build them right since your out

  • Northstar

    (boating 101) BOAT…Break out another thousand….