6.9m Surfcat for Norfolk fisherman

After 6 years of following the Cheetah story, Norfolk skipper Andy Williamson took the first Cheetah delivery of 2011.

6.9m ‘Early Rose’ will replace Andy’s 19ft Tactile which he currently works from the beach at Mundesley. Andy who has been commercial fishing in various boats since 1994 was fed up with rolling at sea and wanted to upgrade to a larger, more stable boat which he could work single handedly from the beach. In addition to launching and landing in surf conditions, Andy has to negotiate a steep beach with soft sand so the boat needed to be kept light and maneuverable on a beach trolley. After hearing good reports of Cheetah Catamarans and witnessing the 9.95m at Cromer surfing up the beach every day, Andy ordered a 6.9m.

‘Early Rose’ was completed at the Cheetah yard in late 2010 to Stage B level of fit out. In addition to the Stage A mouldings and internal safety compartments is the fabrication and fitting of windows, fendering, stainless steel bow rails, roof rails and strong points. Andy also specified hydraulic steering and an 8hp Spencer Carter Winch which Cheetah have housed in a moulded box on the deck.

Andy plans fit a Yamaha 50hp outboard and Raymarine Electronics whilst continuing to fish with the old Early Rose.

Finished photos to follow when Andy launches his new Cheetah

Length overall including engine pods 6.9m
Length: aft bulkhead excluding pods 6.2m
Draught (hull only) 0.25m min
Deck size: Wheelhouse bulkhead to aft bulkhead 3.4m x 2.2m wide
Wheelhouse size: Forward bulkhead to door 1m x 2.2m wide
Max engine power for this hull 2 x 60hp
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