When Stewart Ward first went out in Cheetah Marine’s demo catamaran ‘Free Spirit’ there was no turning back. Straight out into the seas off of the South of the Isle of Wight where the Cheetah Catamaran concept was first engineered. Stewart recalls ‘the worst bit was getting onto the boat from the pontoon it was so rough. Once we were out the harbour, she took off the first wave and instead of the expected slam, she hit the sea with a cushion. ‘Free Spirit’ took the rough weather in her stride’
Sean Strevens, Cheetah Designer was a commercial fishermen fishing from a surf beach when his catamaran design caught on. Twenty years later, over 240 Cheetah Catamarans have been built and the designs have developed for all manner of applications. More and more leisure boaters are taking advantage of the rough weather capabilities and stability offered by Cheetah Catamarans. Stewart will have the same benefits as Sean. He can go to sea when he wants, knowing that fishing from his new 8.9m Cheetah ‘Reel Busy’ will be comfortable and safe in some of the roughest sea conditions.
Stewart had looked at various catamarans on the market and ideally wanted a fast craft for fishing offshore wrecks some 20 – 60 miles from his base on the River Crouch in Essex. The Cheetah Catamaran appealed as it lended itself flexibly to other workboat applications and as an ideal hydrographic survey boat. The 8.9m Cheetah was seen as the ideal size and Sean and Stewart set about designing the Ultimate Angling Craft. Input from the customer is encouraged at all stages of build to ensure Cheetah develope the best possible craft.