Fishermen Gerald Statham and Mike Deem have been working their way through the entire Cheetah series. The two fishing partners originally bought a second hand 6.2m Cheetah at the end of last summer to see if catamarans lived up to their reputation compared to monohulls.
Within three months, they upsized to a 6.9m and placed an order with Cheetah Marine for a new 7.9m Cheetah. Gerald and Mike arrived at the Cheetah yard to collect their new Cheetah and drive her the 93 miles west to Exmouth. Both were delighted with the fuel economy of the 7.9m on the return voyage which averaged 18 knots at 3500 revs and used a total of 130 litres of fuel. Gerald comments ‘she was absolutely fantastic, performed brilliantly especially when we encountered unpleasant seas off of Portland’
‘Bluewater’ will be used for commercial rod and lining with trips as far afield as the Channel Islands. Local fishing will typically be to wrecks up to 30 miles offshore and in Lyme Bay.