Black Sea invasion

Mon, 10 November 2014

After the successful delivery of five marine survey catamarans to Ukraine, Cheetah Marine has now completed a Cheetah 7.9m Survey vessel for Georgia. Powered by 100hp Honda four stroke outboard engines, the boat follows the Isle of Wight, UK company’s standard survey package specification.

One of the key features is the Cheetah stainless steel Hydropod which houses the multibeam echo sounder, in this case, a Reson 7125. This can be raised and lowered through the moonpool in the deck accurately enough so that the multibeam does not have to be recalibrated after each time it is used. A triangulated aft frame houses the winch which controls the multibeam head.

All the stainless steel work, keel bands, roof mast gantry and safety rails were fabricated in Cheetah’s in house workshop. 2 x 150 litre aluminium inbuilt fuel tanks, built in house, provide for many hours of surveying. Hydrive hydraulic steering was supplied by Southern Cross Marine. A 2 kva Honda generator adds to the power supplied by the Honda outboards. Standard stainless steel Cheetah 19” computer racking has been fitted with rubber mountings to absorb any vibration.

The cab fit-out comprises helm and navigator seats on storage pods, a bench seat behind the helm, a folding keyboard table in front of the navigator’s seat and a Wallace diesel cab heater to combat the very low temperatures.

Cheetah designer, Sean Strevens is optimistic about the future. “I think there is quite a market in the countries of the former Soviet Union” he said. “There are few catamarans out there and so the potential is good. We are currently building a commercial fishing 11.2m cat to go to Russia which hopefully will generate some interest”.

By Jake Frith


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