I looked at the Ocean Cheetah when it was £70+k and although the fitout was far from complete, it had a second hand rig and very serious crazing on the saloon
roof, I was seriously tempted. It does have a couple of new Nanni Diesels in it and a mish mash of other inventory some fitted some not.
Time passed and I was waiting for some cash to appear (it's now here) and then I noticed it had dropped to £50k, having spoken to Bill he forwarded me a surveyors report and it didn't make pretty reading. Water
in the laminate, which apparently has been there a long time. The surveyor
even talked about scrapping the whole boat.
I took advice from my surveyor
and he suggested that you could drill holes and hot vac it but as he said there would be no guarantees that you might not end up with delamination
problems down the line and there would be a full paint
job after the work. Sadly I have crossed this off my list. She weighs about 3.9tons according to a calculation done by John Shuttleworth
(that was based on where she is currently sitting in relation to her waterline, guess she would have ended up at about 4.5tons finished.
The above not withstanding it is a very, very pretty boat and would have been perfect. For those of you who are interested there is only one other Cheetah in existance called Zendo. She is somewhere in Canada
but who owns it I never could find out, although I have a couple of pics.
Yes the moulds are now in South Africa
bought by a guy called Jannie Smutts, I have spoken to him about a price
for a part completed boat, still waiting for a price
after several months. In fact when I was considering building rather than buying
I was looking for the moulds for this boat I found the guy (John I think) who sold them to the guy in SA about a month after they left the country.
Maybe if the price drops further on the Cheetah there is a bargain to be had if you are brave enough! Personally the surveyors report ran shivers down my spine, especially when you consider it was Bill's survey
Like the Poland
idea, surely Latvia or Georgia
would be even cheaper? Wasn't there a yard in Latvia building Farrier F41's?
Sadly part of my problem is the best value currently seems to be a in the US and not on my side of the pond! There was a very nice Catana
40 that just sold for £60k, but that was in Hawaii
, nice place to start a cruise
but a bit far to have it delivered.