The Seawork Line Up: 25th - 27th June

Seawork is a little later this year, at the end of June. The Cheetah Team will be exhibiting a trio of Cheetahs on the water and available for demonstration. Now in it's 16th year, Seawork International is the largest and fastest growing commercial marine and workboat event held in a European Port.

This year Cheetah will be exhibiting three catamarans at Seawork ranging from the popular towable 7.9m to a shortened version of Cheetah's beamy 10.2m catamaran at 3.7m wide.

On pontoon V2, is a typical long wheelhouse 7.9m. This model is popular amongst marine surveyors as well as commercial rod and line fishermen. The wheelhouse has space for a wide range of fitted equipment. Fuel consumption for the vessel is frugal,the twin Honda 135hp outboards using a total of 1.5 litres per mile at 18 – 20knots. The twin 180litre inbuilt fuel tanks allow for a long interval between fill ups. Simrad supplied the extensive electronics system including the autopilot. A full set of stainless steel rails including gantry were custom built in the Cheetah metal workshop.

All through the summer, Cheetah Marine operates pleasure and fishing trips along the South coast of the Isle of Wight from “Sea Safari”, a 9m open version of the Cheetah 9.95m. The boat is MCA coded for 12 passengers and 3 crew and has a side door for easy access. This year “Sea Safari” will be at Seawork to demonstrate the new Seastar Optimus 360 degree steering and docking system. The joystick- controlled system provides precise 360 degree manoeuvrability and enables slow speed, sideways movement useful when docking in a crowded marina. This is the first installation of the Optimus360 using Honda propulsion and the first installation outside of the U.S. Also being launched alongside is the Navico and Simrad Autopilot system which has been designed specifically to run with the Optimus system.

The Cheetah trio is completed by an ideal charter vessel, 9m long and 3.7m wide with a 2.5m wheelhouse and very comprehensively equipped. Twin Suzuki 300 hp engines are fitted giving an estimated top speed of 40 knots. Fuel storage is in twin 300 litre inbuilt tanks. HyDrive hydraulic steering is fitted as is a side door.

The long wheelhouse is fitted with seating, a dinette and a double berth, sink, shower and marine toilet. A Wallas diesel heating and demisting system keeps the boat warm and dry and a port side galley has a sink with a hot and cold water supply, twin burner diesel hob and oven and a 12v refrigerator. The electronic package, mainly Simrad,includes an NSO processor, two 17” Neovo screens, one with the Olex system, 4kw digital radar, GPS, DSC VHF, Auto pilot and Structure Scan with NMEA interface with engines and fuel tanks.

Sean said “We attach a great deal of importance to Seawork. It is a really professional show. Included in our healthy order book are three survey 7.9ms, two commercial fishing boats and a 6m designed to fit in a shipping container. We look forward to meeting all our contacts in June”

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