Promising year ahead for Cheetah Marine
The latest 11.2m Cheetah vessel to be launched from the factory is heading out to Africa to act as a survey vessel for a Congo based dredging firm.
Regular Seawork International exhibitor, Cheetah Marine, has reported a good year across all marine sectors.
The company, based on the Isle of Wight, has a gleaming order book for 2017 with 23 catamarans already on order, of which seven are currently in build.
Cheetah Marine started designing and building bespoke catamarans in 1991, based on customer’s specific requirements. Sean Strevens, senior partner, designer and member of RINA, continues to design and develop the entire Cheetah range.
Sean Strevens, comments ‘We are now building around 30 boats a year. As well as the increase in production we are seeing a marked increase in the larger models amongst leisure users, with the 9, 10 and 11m models the most popular across all sectors. Many of the original Cheetah owners are now upgrading as they are very efficient boats with outboard engines.’
In addition to a thriving leisure sector, Cheetah Marine have been awarded contracts for a number of hydrographic and environmental survey catamarans for the commercial market. Four vessels are currently in build which will pursue a range of sampling tasks using various specialised technology. A fifth Cheetah has just been delivered to the Congo.
Cheetah Marine’s clients include Cardiff Harbour Authority, Aberystwyth University, Belgian W & Z Surveys and a port-authority based in Marseille.
Cheetah Marine will also manufacture a custom triple axle trailer to suit the smaller models for easy launch and recovery at various sites.
Cheetah Marine will be exhibiting at Seawork International 2017, the largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition in Europe. Come meet with the Cheetah Marine team from the 13-15 of June.
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