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Five boats have been built to date. Here is a presentation of some of these:

GEPARD (Gepard no. 1)

Gepard no.1 sailingThe first Gepard was launched in 1988. In lack of better suggestions, it was simply named GEPARD. It was quite successful on the Swedish racing scene for more than a decade, and was also used for cruising in the Stockholm archipelago, as well as on longer trips, as far as Denmark. Racing victories include overall victories in Lidingö Runt, and Landsort Race, and several first places in the SCTS championships.

The interior layout of this boat was standard with pentry sections on both sides of the entrance. The boat was tested by the press (in Swedish only, but with good pictures...)

The original unbalanced rudder was found to take on too much loads and was therefore replaced with a balanced and slightly deeper rudder (now about 100 cm), for increased control on heavy downwind runs. Female moulds were made for this balanced rudder design which since had become the recommended choice. The rudder on this boat was linked by an arm to the tiller. The advantage of this solution was a clean aft deck and a very open cockpit that was great for single-handed sailing, with easy access to the cabin top winches for the helmsman. However, this solution was found to be slightly unrealiable in addition to being heavy and showing less feel. Also, it could be slightly ackward to adjust the main sail sheet having to turn backwards.

 

Acinonyx (Gepard XL)

As the family grow and got older, there was an increasing demand to enhance the cruising comforts such as a separate head, refridgerator and heating, as well as full standing headroom. Rebuilding the boat within the given dimensions were considered, but since the boat already was on the heavy side, this option was ruled out. Instead, it was decided to make a major rebuild including a prolongation of the main hull with 100 cm. The new heavily modified version was named Gepard XL and the boat was renamed Acinonyx.

Gepard XL sailing

CockpitAft deckWhereas the underwater hull section simply was extended 100 cm at its widest point, there was a complete makeover of the cockpit area. Hence, a new deck mould was made for the entire deck area aft of the mast step. Acinonyx was equipped with a tiller mounted directly on the rudder head and the main sail sheet is in front of the helmsman as in the other Gepards. The cockpit is fully open aft to facilitate access to the engine and the bathing ladder on the aft deck. Very nice also for handling of the anchor! A new mechanism to raise the outboard engine was designed, so that it now is very quick to raise and lower, and which gives a very low and sleek profile.

HeadpentryThe cabin was heightened 12 cm to achieve 183 cm standing headroom at the pentry and extended 40 cm. Thus, the pentry on the left side of the cabin entrance is now 90 cm wide and further extends 110 cm in under the cockpit seat. To the right there is an enclosed head. The headroom is limited, but once inside, one sits in great comfort viewing forward in the area of the boats where the boat movements are minimal. This can certainly be appriated in heavy seas. There is also a window with a view of the deck, letting in some light. Another great feature with this localisation is that the head can be used also when all beds are occupied. Behind the head there is room for a septic tank as well as plenty of stovage. Under the slightly raised cockpit floor, there is now an additional aft bunk with its own window.

Acinonyx was launched in 2005 and has proven a great success, meeting all our expections with regard to comfort and sailing characteristics.

Most handicap races in Sweden are performed under the SRS rating system. The SRS rating number for 2012 is 1.39 (with main, self-tacking jib, and gennaker). For more boat data of Acinonyx, see the rating sheet for SRS. Weighing carried in the fall of 2008 gave a total weight of 1454 kg in racing trim, using SCTS' four-load-cell system. The side hulls weighed 126 kg, and mast + rig around 70 kg. For racing results, look here.

Lilltrim (Gepard no. 2)

This boat was built at the same time as no.1, but was launched in 1989. It is perhaps the most widely travelled Gepard with many trips offshore and up along the coast of Sweden. It has also raced successfully, with notable victories in especially in heavy wind conditions when many others in the racing fleet were forced to withdraw due to gear failure, some even capsized.

Gepard no.2 sailing

Like no.1 it is slightly on the heavy side, compared to what can be achieved with today's construction materials. It has been extended in the transom by some 83 cm. This lenght correponds to the point where the extension of slooping deck line at the stern meets the bottom curve. The new bottom curve actually commences one meter in front of the original stern to further increase the displacement and to get a straigher exit. Because of the new sharp stern, an underhung rudder was custom-made.

The interior layout of this boat is standard but with an extra bunk extending under the cockpit seat on the starbord side (instead of a pentry section on this side). The boat has been tested by the press on two occasions (in Swedish only, but nevertheless good pictures...). The SRS rating number for 2012 is 1.52 (with main, self-tacking jib, and screecher).

Lilla Åskan (Gepard no. 3)

This boat was considerably lighter than the previous two. It has mainly been used for cruising and has only raced occasionally. The interior of this boat is standard, with an extra bunk fitted under the cockpit. The aft beam was slightly lowered allowing the cockpit to extend an additional 25 cm for increased sitting comfort for the helmsman. The boat (formerly known as Quick Step) has recently been aquired by the original Gepard designer Stefan Törnblom who has commenced extensive renovation and modification work.

Stefan writes about the changes: Even a beauty may need a face-lift... The boat will be lengthened by 65 cm in the stern. At the same time the coamings will be shortened by 10 cm so that the aft beam can be top mounted. Also, the mainsheet track will be moved to the aft beam to allow a wider track, in addition to freeing up the cockpit. Longer beams have been acquired, increasing the width to 6.45 cm. There will be new jib without furling (to save weight) but with battens and a reef. Sidehulls will be lengthened by 50 cm in the stern, mostly for aesthetic reasons to align with the mainhull extension. Engine will be a 6 hk outboard.

It has now been launched, looks great and sails impressively. The SRS number for 2012 is 1.54. That is with jib only, without any gennaker or schreecher!

One wonders what the SRS number would be WITH gennaker and schreecher! Sailing photos by Mats Johansson.

Gepard no. 4 (yet unnamed...)

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Gepard no 4 sternGepard no 4 pentryThis boat is very light, 1074 kg, and has a quite spartan interior. Speeds over 16 knots has been achieved and the owner praises the roomy interior. The SRS-number for 2012 is 1.60, with a gennaker and a new screecher to boost the performance!

The original owner fitted it out with a fixed mast with an aft stay and a main sail without roach. Now, the rig and sail has been updated with modern high-tech rotating mast and new sails. The jib is not self-tacking. There is a fixed bow-sprit from which the gennaker is hoisted.

In the cockpit, the rear back rest in the cockpit is removed so that the aft beam is exposed and communication to and from the aft deck is facilitated. A peculiarity is the double sink that was fitted under the starboard hatch by the original owner.

Gepard no.4 forward bunkAnother feature of this boat is that there is a fixed, raised top over the companionway which gives 185 cm headroom at the pentry. On the opposite starboard side, it has an extra bunk extending under the cockpit seat. In front on the extra bunk, there is a stiffening bulkhead. There is open space over the front beam tube creating a roomy feeling under deck. The forward bunk is lowered to give more headroom, but at the expense of decreased width.

 

Gepard no 4 sailing

Gepard no.4 at the bouy

Gepard no. 5

This boat is under construction. It has a standard general layout with pentry sections on both sides of the entrance. It will feature an wooden interior and electrical wiring built in right from start. There will be extra shelves for small items in the saloon, doubling as backrests. The rig features a fixed mast and overlapping jib. Launch is planned to 2014 if building progresses according to plan.

 


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