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An extraordinarily beautiful, fast passage making, state-of-the-art catamaran commissioned and developed by an around-the-world sailor; fully equipped and ready to go!!
This was a professionally built Cat, totally supervised by an experienced owner. She is totally fitted out and the finish is superb!
THIS IS A ONE OWNER BOAT! OWNER IS MOVING ON AND SHE IS PRICED TO SELL.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT A GUNBOAT, HH or any other high end Cat, you owe it to yourself to make a trip to Houston to see Cheetah.
LISTING BROKER WILL REIMBURSE AIRFARE FOR ANY BODY WHO FLYS IN TO SEE THE BOAT AND BUYS HER.
This is a MUST SEE vessel for anybody contemplating the purchase of a large, luxurious, performance cruising catamaran! A truly impressive boat, Cheetah is a world class performance cruising yacht, incorporating the best of current trends in multi-hull thinking. Reflecting strong Gunboat-like influences, this creative vessel is the product of the collaboration of world class designer/builders and a very experienced circumnavigating yachtsman.
With a classic, three-cabin owner's arrangement, this is a state-of-the-art design combining efficient hull shapes, a performance oriented deck/rig layout and a beautifully designed interior that is spacious, open, comfortable and functional. The result is a boat with the size and displacement to accommodate all of the luxuries and toys one would expect in a high-end cruising catamaran, the ability to make fast passages with a rig which is easily handled by a short-handed crew and an interior that is both sumptuous and remarkably comfortable. In short, this yacht offers a fine blend of looks, performance and livability.
A personal note from the owner: “After circumnavigating the world for 11 years, I commissioned the building of my dream cat with plans to go around again. This boat embodies the culmination of my many years of long distance sailing experience and over a decade of living onboard. Unable to continue my dream, I believe this is a rare opportunity for someone to acquire this well-conceived, state-of-the-art, fully tested, like new, performance cruising catamaran that is ready to go NOW! And she is the most beautiful cat you will ever see!”
See the full specs for more details and call the Listing Broker today for an appointment to see this exceptional yacht!
Falmouth Yacht Sales would love to guide you through a personal showing of this 55' DH 550 2007. This yacht for sale is located in Houston, Texas and priced at $880,000. For a showing please contact us by filling out the form on this page and we will get back to you shortly!
Water: two 75 gal tanks. Total 150 gallons
Fuel; two 75 gal tanks. Total 150 gallons
Holding stbd: 35 gal
Holding port: 60 gal for 2 heads
The DH (Dix Harvey) 550 embodies the latest thinking in catamaran hull design, interior space utilization and quality construction.
Cheetah was built in Trinidad in a huge shed at Power Boats LTD, a large well known boat yard. http://powerboats.co.tt
With a powerful rig, daggerboards, high bridge deck clearance and streamlined design and weight, the result is a beautiful boat designed for fast, comfortable passage making that is easily managed by short-handed crew.
The interior layout, finishes and amenities were designed for first class comfort and ease of living aboard as well as entertaining guests and family while minimizing impact on overall weight and boat performance.
Modern, wood/epoxy saturation construction (cold mold) is utilized to achieve superior stiffness, strength and impact resistance, while keeping the boat light and building high end, offshore motor yachts. Top quality Brunzeel plywood and West System epoxy saturation is used in the hulls and cabin house, with structural cedar used for strength in stringers. Limited fiberglass was applied to deck surfaces only to lessen the impact of UV rays over time. The result is a construction process that produces a hull structure much lighter than fiberglass, more resistant to damage from bumping docks and other objects, more easily maintained and much more easily repaired if needed. And the result leads to eye catching, graceful curves and lines in the boat’s hull, cabin and decking.
The boat hulls are laid up with 1/4" Bazeel plywood from Belgium which is highly resistant to water intrusion and rot. Bulkheads are cut by computer and set upside down, then braced with stringers to form the hull frame. Each sheet of ply is thoroughly soaked in West System Epoxy and then laid on the frame one at a time in an overlapping fashion starting at the deepest part of the hull. The under water part of the hulls has six layers of ply and it tapers to three layers at the deck level of the topsides. The result is a strong, resilient, light weight hull structure that is perfect for a catamaran. It won't craze like fiberglass if you bump a dock, it is stronger than a fiberglass hull while remaining much lighter, and it is easier to repair if necessary.
The deck is three layers in the same fashion and a top single layer of Fiberglas only to protect against the suns UV rays.
The DH550 was designed for performance sailing and safe, fast passage making. The hull, daggerboard, rudder and underbody design dimensions are in keeping with the latest in high performance catamarans.
Combined with a large, fully battened Spectra mainsail and Spectra jib and an overall light weight from its modern construction method, the DH550 excels in any sea and wind condition. With a self-tacking main and jib, tacking to weather is a breeze with no grinding! And on a reach or off the wind, deploying the huge Screecher sail from the extendable carbon bow sprit launches the boat into a different zone of performance all together.
At the same time, the DH550 makes it easy, safe and comfortable to sail from the safety of its forward working cockpit. It is not necessary to run around on deck to tack or jibe or reef; everything is easily within reach from the cockpit. And the ride is smooth and comfortable with nothing having to be stowed away inside and water glasses sitting calmly on the galley counter.
Sailing the DH550 is easily and safely managed by a couple or short-handed crew and even single-handed with the help of the autopilot and she’s the perfect water home for exploring the Caribbean or sailing around the world!
Owners Comments on Performance:
Under sail we usually cruse around 8 - 12 knots in 15k wind depending on the wind angle and sea condition. We have sales at speeds of 16 - 18 knots in 25k wind and could have easily done more. Dudley Dix says the boat will do around 25 knots and not be on the edge. Our record for 24 hours at sea is 312 k miles when sailing from Puerto Rico to Trinidad a few years ago with three guys and a dog onboard. She motors at 8 - 10 knots using both generators; and 5 - 6 knots with only one generator which uses half the fuel.
This catamaran is a luxurious, performance, world class blue water cruiser, with accommodations for six in three cabins, each with ensuite heads and a fold-out couch in the main salon for additional guests.
A spacious, airy salon features large dining and lounge areas, an inside steering station with attached navigation desk and a substantial, well-equipped galley. A forward door offers direct access from the steering station to a protected, forward working cockpit, while large double doors offer direct access to the aft lounging and dining cockpit with its extended hardtop for comfort and protection.
The port hull houses a beautiful master’s quarters with numerous cabinets and hanging lockers and a double his and her’s head with combination bath tub & shower.
The starboard hull is devoted to two complete guest quarters. Both offer ensuite heads and extensive comforts and storage to make any guest feel at home.
Salon & General Design Features
Salon Helm Station
The spacious, well-equipped galley is located up, convenient to dining, cockpit, steering and navigation areas.
Master Stateroom (Port Hull)
Master Head & Shower (Port Hull Forward)
Utility Area (Port Hull)
Aft Guest Stateroom (Starboard Hull)
Aft Guest Head & Shower (Starboard Aft)
Forward Guest Stateroom (Starboard Hull)
Guest Head & Shower (Starboard Hull Forward)
Aft Lounging Cockpit
Mast and Standing Rigging
Sail Handling and Running Rigging
In keeping with the goal to produce an easily driven, economical, fast passage maker, the design incorporates the latest technology in efficient propulsion. Electric hybrid propulsion in not new in the marine industry with nearly all ships, super yachts, ferries and the US Navy successfully employing this technology. In summary, the boat is propelled by (2) Homewood Electric Motors; 18KW each; with direct drive and 18 inch 3-blade Max Props. The advantages of Hybrid Propulsion in a catamaran are many:
The Listing Brokerage Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel regardless of information provided. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. PLEASE NOTE: All electronics are listed for verification purposes but not warranted in the selling price of the boat.
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The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.