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|Length Overall: 32'||Displacement: 4.5 ton|
|Beam: 10'10"||Engine: Yanmar 6BY2 260hp @ 4000 RPM|
|Draft: 3'3"||Speed: Max 22 knots Cruise 15 knots|
The Cheviot 32 is built with a proven blend of modern technologies and traditional skills
|A solid timber, removable table is fitted to the cockpit. The table seats upto six people, and stows away neatly under the cockpit sole.|
|The 12 volt fridge is neatly hidden away underneath an upholstered cushion. Access is via a sliding lid.|
|The fixed swim platform spans across the complete transom. A telescopic ladder slides away underneath, access while swimming is easy.|
|Sliding hatches allow fresh air to flow freely through the flying bridge.|
|The galley is fitted in the flying bridge. concealed under a lift up wooden bench, it has a presurised water system and alcohol stove. Crockery is supplied and stored in a locker, whilst cutlery is placed in the drawers.|
|The fordeck is fitted with a hatch for ventilation and access. A Muir anchor winch is fitted for automated anchoring.|
|The standard choice of engine fitted is the Yanmar 6BY2 260hp. A hydraulic gear box is fitted coupled to a direct shaft, swinging a five bladed propeller.|
|The enclosed head is fitted with a state of the art Dometic Vaccuflush head. The porcelain basin is installed with hot and cold running water.|
|The fwd cabin, being free of a galley is spacious and comfortable. A large V shaped berth makes for an easy sleep.|
Laser Sailing Accross Bass Strait
Rough Up's First Adventure
An extract from our 2005 Grommet.
In late Janurary of this year Arther Brett telephoned me about the possibility of securing a support boat for something of a historical event. Michael Blackburn, Australian Laser Champion and Bronze medalist at the Sydney Olympics had a plan to sail across Bass Strait. For those not in the know with dinghy sailing, the Laser class is a single man boat, approx 3.5 metres long and a sail area of just over 7 square metres. Having just completed our new Cheviot 32 about this time I thought "what a perfect sea trail for our prototype Rough-Up". Over the next coming month and a half we planned the trip, kept an eye on the weather and gathered all the necessary saftey equipment.
Michael planned to leave from Stanley on Tasmania's North West coast and travel some 117 nautical miles (211km) across Bass Strait to Tidal River at Wilson's Promontory in Victoria. I believed it would be in Michaels' best interest to see the Strait for himself before crossing it in his laser. We left Sorrento on the 2nd of March in the Rough Up for Stanley, placing the Laser inside the Chev 32.
That night upon arriving in Stanley a strong front came through from the SW and it looked like it would be possible to take off in the next day or two. We in fact waited six days in Stanley as a lingering low-pressure system brought winds in the region of 35-40 knots. Early Wednesday morning on the 9th of March, Michael pushed his laser off the beach at 3:00am, leaving the confines of the harbour at 3:30am. "It was very black, the blackest conditions I've ever sailed in. No moon, no stars and it was like sailing across black velvet. I couldn't see any texture on the water at all. I had 15 knots of breeze on a reaching angle doing 8.5 - 9 knots sailing in the darkness" Michael said, (the seas at times were large and with a constant SW wind). Michael averaged 8.6 knots with Rough Up's GPS indicating a top speed of 19.7 knots. Michael completed his voyage at 4:31pm on the beach at Tidal River having spent over 12 hours combating the seas of Bass Strait.
The Cheviot 32 excelled in the 20 knot Bass Straight conditions. Running at 3000 rpm, traveling at 15 knots, the Rough Up's 6LP Yanmar used only 22 litres of fuel per hour. It was a great test for the boat, and showed just how a boat like the Cheviot 32 can open up so many destinations for overnight cruising.
Congratulations to Michael for his great effort setting this new record.
The route we took
Flying along in a fresh breeze
Rough Up preparing to leave