Designed by Stephen Jones, the GT325 has been conceived to quench the thirst for a fast, robust, safe, modern coastal cruiser. The brief was to put a modern twist on Stephen's highly successful and much heralded Sadler 290, with twin keels for exploring shallow waters and beaching. A single fin keel is an option.
Designed as Category A, the GT325 is a British built sub-10 metre yacht that can take the ground. With this added flexibility of twin keels, the yacht is an awesome coastal hopper, with berths for up to 6, but 4 very comfortably. Many months of design and concept development have been brought to bear on this design and the result is something quite special, and far exceeds anything else on the market at this size in terms of what the boat offers the owner.
At GT Yachts, the ability to sail well, safely and comfortably is first and foremost. This starts at the bow with an integrated bowsprit, anchor locker, and generous bosun's locker which accommodates fenders, outboards as well as sail covers etc. The locker can be kitted out with soft hooks, ladder steps and, if necessary, shelving.
The forecabin is designed as the master, with an exceptionally large berth rarely seen even on a 40ft yacht with comfortable arrangements for a couple as well as an ensuite heads option. With overhead hatches as well as hull ports, the natural light is plentiful. The saloon area with panoramic windows has a dining area that can comfortably seat six and offers a further two full length berths with stowage and shelving. There is an option for a bulkhead mounted fold-down chart table.
Aft and to port is a large C shaped working galley. An area that can be both easily used to serve the saloon table, as well as the cockpit outside. The galley has been designed with the work of a cook in mind, a proper galley one might say, with the tasks of preparing, cooking and serving food as a process. There is provision for a microwave, and incredibly for this size of yacht a front opening fridge designed to open so as not to lose the contents whilst heeled under way.
To starboard is the heads compartment, situated aft which is rare at this size of yacht, if not unheard of. The location provides easy access to the heads and oilies locker while underway, the oilies locker being actively ventilated using the airflow provided by the mechanical air intake for the engine compartment.
The aft cabin to starboard is a very good sized second cabin for a 10-metre yacht, with a choice of either a full double berth or twin singles. With plenty of stowage, the cabin offers a comfortable, naturally lit space with windows to the side and aft through the transom.
Propulsion is via saildrive, and in the engine room there is space for a conventional diesel engine or electric/hybrid installation with extending range generator and extra batteries.
Outside aft, the fully enclosed cockpit with six-foot-long seating port and starboard of the central island, is a great space. Dining out here is very comfortable and the seating is ergonomically designed to maximise comfort under sail, with good height coamings providing proper back support. When helming there is seating aft to port and starboard and a fantastic central perch when steering standing or on the centreline. Plenty of options for the helm to move positions. Whilst there is an option for a tiller, the wheel is positioned on a centreline pedestal with an optional large head with plenty of surface available for instrumentation.
At the stern, boarding is via integrated ladder and there is a drop-down swim platform which, when closed, creates the fully enclosed, safe and seaworthy cockpit. A large, deep, well-lit locker to port with side and aft windows.
Sheeting is led aft and easily controlled, the main being via the "German" main sheet system with winches to hand port and starboard, and the sheet bridle or optional track sited forward of the companionway, out of the way.
With wide side decks and meaningful bulwarks running the full length of the yacht, the decks are a safe place to move around on. Forward there are areas to relax away from the cockpit with flat areas designed to accommodate cushions.