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You can get hold of your own Gepard by:

  • building directly from the moulds. This option is recommended only for experienced builders, because it is so vital to get the boats light, yet strong, which may be difficult to achieve for a beginner. The cost of the required material will be in the range of 80 000 Swedish Kronor (SEK), naturally depending on the laminate chosen (carbon will be more expensive...). On top of this, there is costs of transport, mould rent, space to build, etc of about 50 000 SEK It will take about 200 hours (5 weeks) to produce a shell set for an experienced builder. Interested? Contact me for more information!
  • completing the boat from a ready-made shell. This is the recommended option for most. It may cost an additional 100 000 SEK but may worth it, there are still a few things to complete! It will take about 500 hours (3 months) to finish the boat, but this may vary immensily depending on the skill and determination of the builder. The design of Gepard allows a quick alignment of interior and exterior details, but it may take you time to think out exactly how you want YOUR boat to be fitted out! There are so many options... Interested? Contact me for more information!
  • buying a second-hand boat. Unfortunately (for prospective buyers), it is very rare to see a Gepard offered for sale

Female moulds facilitates building

Gepard is built in Sweden using GRP-sandwich from female moulds, which are currently in the Stockholm area. There are female moulds for decks and hull for both the main hull and the side hulls, as well as for the centerboard trunk and for the various hatches. There are also female moulds available for the rudder and the daggerboard.

A note on weights

A boat must be strong enough to withstand the forces of wind and water, and an occacional grounding! Gepard boats have an excellent safety record with no structural break-ups recorded to this date. Within these requirements of strength it is important to build the boats as light as possible.

  • A lighter boat is faster
  • A lighter boat requires less forces for the crew to handle (e.g. sheeting and hoisting sails).
  • A lighter boat produce less forces on equipment, which therefore can be made lighter: a good spiral!
  • A lighter boat allows more loading of people and gear within the same displacement
  • A lighter boat is easier to trailer

The first two Gepards were built in the late 1980s using rowing to a large extent. Such wowen glass required considerably more glass weight compared with modern biaxial glass for equal stiffness, in addition to requiring more plastic to become saturated. Because the surface area of the hulls is relatively large on a multihull the panel weights constitutes a major determinant of the final total weight of the boat. Hence, the first two boats were considerable heavier (around 1350 kg) than subsequent boats (around 1000 kg).

Rudders and daggerboards

Several Swedish multihulls, both trimarans and catamarans, have successfully utilized Gepard rudder and daggerboard profiles, thereby profoundly increased their sailing performance due to greatly improved windward ability and steering.


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