GMT – The Passion for Wood

posted on Sep 01

After a long career as an offshore pilot in the U.S., Jerry Gilbreath was finally able to realize the dream of his life by creating his own boat. In fact, the idea came while Jerry was in a villa on Lake Como. He was immediately dazzled by the passage of Riva. Then he decided to be inspired to create perfection on the water. Jefe, which means head in Spanish, is a small work of art. Designed primarily for navigating on inland waters, it was built by a shipyard specializing in the manufacture of wood boats located near Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Strengthened by a framework of three layers of mahogany laid over cedar Jefe gets its rigidity and shine through the application of fifteen layers of Awlgrip 545 epoxy and four coats of Epifanes varnish. It is a unique boat, either at its gas controls, the hull form or layout of the cockpit. The cockpit includes custom hand dials made specifically by Livorsi, with a windshield realized by Latham Marine, two vendors recognized in the offshore environment. The cockpit is well protected from the wind, has a leather sofa, a bar and a small removable table. The engine room is occupied by two 400 hp Mercruiser engines each connected to a Bravo 1 outdrive. Jefe traces its wake up in 56 knots speed. To enjoy this little jewel, it will cost you U.S. $845,000 excluding transport costs, the price of beauty and exclusivity.

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