After owning an eclectic fleet of sailing and power boats over the past 40 years, Keith and Laura are hoping their new Cheetah catamaran will see them through the next few decades.
With a passion for boating and eating fresh seafood, Keith, Laura and family will be cruising in comfort aboard their new 6.9m Cheetah. Besides enjoying restaurants in the Solent and around the Isle of Wight, the family are keen to experiment with a couple of lobster pots and plan to cook the days catch aboard.
Keith and Laura first saw a Cheetah Catamaran on an annual pilgrimage to The Boathouse in Steephill Cove. The Cheetah was dubbed ‘Land Rover of the Sea’ and left a lasting impression which the couple decided to pursue. After visiting the Cheetah workshop earlier this year they embarked on a mission: to create a specification, which would provide a ‘boat for life’.
“We wanted to invest in a boat as customised as we could afford, small enough to fit and sit happily on our drying mooring and not be a huge overhead. As well as cruising locally with friends and family we wanted to make longer passages whilst still being able to visit shallow creeks and rivers. It was also important for us to get home again in almost any weather without getting wet and cold. After a visit to the workshops the specification came together with Sean’s patient help’
In early spring Keith and Laura placed an order for a 6.9m Cheetah. The catamaran would feature along style wheelhouse and outside dining. The Cheetah had to be able to cope with the confused shallow seas experienced off the Chichester bar and would be kept on their drying mooring outside their cottage in Bosham.