Cheetah’s new hydro vessel handed over to new French owners
Cheetah Marine’s latest 7.9m hydro survey vessel has been put through its paces during a location handover & training programme with her new team in the south of France.
The 7.9m Archi-Med will be located in Sete and will be used for hydrographic work including seafloor mapping throughout the Region Occitane on the French Mediterranean coast.
“It is very important to our customers that we encourage full input throughout the build process. It is crucial that the end users can make decisions whilst on the stage built boat in the workshop,” said Sean Strevens, founder and designer, Cheetah Marine.
“This includes small survey additions which make tasks easier and safer for each individual application to more standard helm and positioning of controls and equipment accordingly.”
Cheetah’s 7.9m survey series is operated by hydrographic offices, research centres and port authorities worldwide.
Archi-Med features Cheetah Marine’s patented hydropod system which enables highly accurate positioning of survey equipment during both transit and survey phases.
The hydropod is supported within a triangulation frame to ensure data collected aligns perfectly with position, and recalibration is not required between survey sites. A swinging davit fitted to the aft wheelhouse bulkhead with an electric and manual winch provides lifting for the central moonpool sonar head, as well as deployment via the starboard side door for additional survey equipment.
Archi-Med is powered by twin Honda 135hp outboards producing top speeds on sea trials of 31 knots. NMEA data shows fuel consumption is optimum when cruising at 20 knots with an average of 2 litres per mile at 4000rpm. At slower survey speeds, fuel consumption reduces to 1.5 litres per hour at 13 knots.
The survey style cabin features helm and navigator suspension seats, port side work bench with 19” racking and starboard side seating. A Honda 2kVa generator provides additional power for the winch and onboard electrical systems.
Cheetah Marine is continuing to secure orders in the Mediterranean and west coast markets for a range of workboat applications. Production for medium size models, particularly for the charter and specialised sports fishing markets, are now underway in the Portuguese workshops. The UK workshops are also continuing to produce at full capacity.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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