Cheetah gathering pace

Cheetah Marine's new X-Cat showcases the range of commercial applications Cheetah Marine's new X-Cat further showcases the catamaran's range of commercial applications
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Isle of Wight (UK) based Cheetah Marine has launched four new catamarans throughout June as well as finding time to present an extensive on-water display of vessels at Seawork International. With the new builds launched at Ventnor Haven, at one point a total of 15 Cheetahs were moored in this small tidal haven on the south coast of the island.

Sean Strevens, Cheetah designer said: “We make a big commitment to Seawork every year. The investment of time and money is very worthwhile and this year was no exception. The standard of customer is very high. Seawork is an ideal place to meet professional buyers and talk about future requirements which may lead to orders in the years to come. We also spent time with our own suppliers and looked at developments which will give us new opportunities in the future.”

The first three Cheetahs were completed in time for Seawork and included Cheetah Marine’s hydrogen powered prototype. The fourth is X-Cat, an 11.2m model which will be sailing south for a surf life on the west coast of France. The 11.2m has been designed and built for surf safari and charter trips from Capbreton on France’s exposed Atlantic coast, where shallow draught and good seakeeping are essential.

Such a specific application provided Cheetah with the opportunity to showcase their ability to design and fabricate to the customer's exact requirements. The stern features twin stainless steel surfboard racks for eight boards with a side door and aft boarding options. Deck seating for 12 folds down into two sun bathing platforms for passengers wishing to enjoy the sun over the surf. Inside, the cabin features a starboard side galley with fridge, sink, oven and hob and port side comfortable seating with table. A 200litre freshwater tank feeds an outside deck shower and port side toilet.

The 11.2m has been built under Survey with HPI verification as the notified body to CE Category B, module G approval. On arrival in France, she will be commercially coded for 16 persons under Division 240 and 241 of the French Maritime Regulations. The plan is for the vessel to complete the delivery passage to Capbreton; involving a partial crossing of the Bay of Biscay, in just 3 days.

By Jake Frith

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