Cheetah Marine’s next-generation walkaround cabin workboat

bow on shot of white hulled workboat with red stripe

Marking the latest addition to its fleet, Cheetah Marine has launched its new Walk-Around Cabin, which combines the practicality of a workboat with all the option of a high-end finish, to widen the market of the vessel.

The company says this model is perfect for patrol craft, crew transfer vessels, corporate events and small ferries.  

Fluid Water Taxi (operated by Urban Truant) 

Cheetah Marine’s Walk-Around Cabin has been customised for the recently launched Fluid Water Taxi company to include a fully bespoke internal cab with generous seating for 12 passengers or guests, alongside a customised hull and branded cab. 

Interior of workboat showing 12 grey seats

Currently operating an on-demand water taxi service on the UK’s south coast, Fluid Taxi has commissioned a fleet of Cheetah Marine catamarans to operate across a variety of destinations. These agile, stable craft are the ideal choice for transporting passengers around the picturesque shores of the Solent and beyond.

Safety first

The fleet of newly customised Cheetah Marine workboats also meets the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) current MGN 280 Code for small boats operating commercially with 12 passengers. This includes a watertight weather deck, reinforced hull, robust guardrails and tinted windows, offering year-round peace of mind for passengers and crew. 

Cheetah Marine has also delivered a vessel to the new Workboat Code Edition 3, which provides important standards, such as for the construction, electrical systems, fire protection, as well as provision of firefighting, lifesaving, navigation and radio equipment, to ensure the safety and protection of the crew, personnel, passengers and other marine users, and to maintain environmental standards.

According to the manufacturer, the model promises smooth sailing, even in challenging conditions. The walkaround design also allows for easy movement around the deck, perfect for fishing, cruising or simply taking in the breathtaking views.  

“Our latest Walk-Around Cabin represents a ground-breaking fusion of workboat practicality and yacht-like high-end finish, designed to cater to a wide range of activities, from crew transfer vessels to corporate events,” says Ed O’Kane, general manager at Cheetah Marine. 

“With the launch of the Fluid Water Taxi service, we’re proud to see our customised Walk-Around Cabins in action. These vessels, with their bespoke internal cab and branded hull, offer unmatched stability and performance, making them ideal for navigating all the extreme conditions of UK’s unpredictable seas. 

“Safety is at the forefront of our design, and we are pleased to confirm that our customised catamarans also meet the highest standards of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s newly released Workboat Code 3.”

Bringing 30 years of boatbuilding experience to the table, Cheetah Marine says it has reimagined a vessel and blended luxury, performance and functionality.

Chris Sheaff, head draftsman at Cheetah Marine, comments: “Collaborating with our entire team, we pooled our collective years of industry expertise and knowledge to craft a fresh, modern design that maintains the rugged, all-weather spirit for which Cheetah is renowned.”

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