A smooth and comfortable way to spot wildlife
Cheetah Marine’s first containerised vessel is proving to be a smooth and comfortable ride for wildlife spotters at Cape Sao Vicente on the south west tip of Portugal.
The wildlife tour operator Seaxplorer named its new Cheetah Orca after its favourite cetacean which is spotted regularly on the two-hour trips out of Sagres in the West Algarve.
Seaxplorer said that the Orca, which has evolved from Cheetah’s 11.2m series is a “super smooth and comfy ride.”
The 11.2m vessel has huge power delivered by two 200hp OXE diesel outboard engines and a tunnel design to produce superior cushioning in even the most uncomfortable sea conditions, so it’s well suited to the choppy waters of the Algarve.
With its especially large deck, Orca had been coded under Portuguese Maritime Turismo for 18 passengers +2 crew.
The idea behind the containerised vessel was to build a Cheetah which was easily configurable for worldwide transportation in a 40ft container. This containerised version of the 11.2m series was designed and first built in 2016. It can be readily assembled and disassembled from container to catamaran in one day.
Windscreen and cabin models are available as well as optional top side fendering which enables crew transfer and vessel interception at sea.
Modular seating and storage can be placed accordingly on a twin-tier tracking system enabling easy deck layout to be rearranged according to operation.
Visit Cheetah Marine at Seawork International 2018 on stands VA33, VA32.
By Anne-Marie Causer
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