Seawork pontoon goes Gaga over Lady P
Carmen Calypso is seen during sea trials off Ventnor.
An enquiry from a German hotelier and fisherman back in 2009 eventually led to Seawork exhibitor Cheetah Marine making its longest ever delivery voyage over the recent Easter holiday.
The 800 mile journey to the German/Polish border took five days and included four overnight stops as well as a trip through the Kiel Canal.
Like all Cheetahs, Carmen Calypso was built to cope with all the demands of its owner, Eddie Stoll. His boat is not only required to be the ideal commercial fishing boat to work in the Baltic Sea but it must also take hotel guests out in comfort to catch their own dinners. This challenging set of demands resulted in a great deal of design work, with many ideas thrown into the melting pot. A specification was finally agreed and work started, although changes evolved during the build resulting in an even better boat.
New to the Cheetah range but already proving very successful, the 10.2m hull was chosen with a 2.5m by 2m wheelhouse which allows seating for six people, reflecting the fact that temperatures can dip very low in the Baltic and hotel guests need to be kept warm.
Carmen Calypso is powered by two Yanmar BY150 diesel engines with Bravo 2 stern drives. The engines supply heat to the cabin via a heater matrix. A 250 litre live bait tank is fitted on deck as are removable net shooting posts and line shoot. A side door makes deck access easy.
The stainless steel work, all fabricated in-house by Cheetah, includes a full set of rails to MCA specification and a folding roof mast gantry to house the radar, the radar reflector, GPS and navigation lights. A Garmin 750 radar chart plotter and fish finder is installed complete with transducer temperature and speed through the water.
Following the delivery voyage, during which fuel consumption averaged two litres per mile at 17 to 18 knots, the happy Skipper, Eddy Stoll said, “The delivery voyage confirmed all my best expectations of the boat. The performance was excellent from the low powered engines. The layout works really well and the ride quality was impressive because the Baltic Sea is very, very choppy. I am looking forward to both long lining and netting with the boat.”
Carmen Calypso joins three other 10.2m Cheetahs delivered during the past nine months. Two more are on order, one of which will be the first Cheetah in Finland. Two 11.2m versions of the 10.2m are also under construction at Cheetah’s Ocean Blue Quay facility on the Isle of Wight.
The 11.2m Lady P will be crossing to Southampton each day to appear on the floating pontoon at Seawork 2011. The second 11.2m, due for completion in July, will be heading north to a sporting estate in Scotland, clearing space in the Ventnor facility to address an order book which remains very healthy, with orders across the entire Cheetah range.
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