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The standard interior layout of Gepard looks like follows:

SaloonAft berthOn each side of the cabin entrance there is a 50 cm pentry section. One of these sections can if whished be exchanged for an extra berth or for an enclosed head. Standing headroom is here 173 cm (but can be increased to 183 cm). Forward, there is a saloon where six people can sit around a table. The seating also serves as full lenght (200 cm) and full width (60 cm) berths. In the forward end of the saloon there is the daggerboard case which rear end also serves as the mast support. Forward, in front of the transverse beam, there is a tight double: Full lenght (200) but width is restricted to 120 cm at the head end and 86 cm at the middle. An extra aft berth can be fitted under the cockpit floor.



There are several optional interior layouts possible, within the limits of structural integrety, sailing performance and stylish appearance.

  • Head room at the pentry can be increased to about 183 cm by increasing the roof height at this local area. However, this may obscure the forward vision for the helmsman and cockpit crew. A better alternative is to raise the freeboard of all hulls by 10-12 cm, which also brings other beneficial effects, such as increased headroom in the head compartment, in forward end of the saloon, under the forward beam, over the front berths and over the optional aft berth.
  • The option with an enclosed head requires the head front to be extended 30-40 cm forward, reducing the saloon berth correspondingly.
  • The pentry lenght can be increased up to 90 cm if wished (versus the original 50 cm), reducing the saloon berth correspondingly.
  • The daggerboard can be replaced by a folding centerboard. The advantages of this option are: less or no damage when grounding, increased saloon space (seating possible all the way to the front beam), and easier access to the forward double berth. The disadvantages are: less foot space, more difficult to enter the saloon, higher cost, and reduced performance (due to more turbulence, more water weight in the case). This option has been used successfully on many trimarans that have used the Gepard daggerboard profile.
  • If the hull is extended, there is naturally more space available. The relative increase of cockpit and cabin space can be tailored to individual requirements.

Centerboard version with enclosed head

To give an example of the many possiblities of interior layout, this cruising-oriented option includes a pentry of 80 cm width (extending further 35 cm underneath the cockpit seat) and opposite, an enclosed head with sitting headroom. The saloon is usable for seating all the way to the front beam, thanks to the omission of the daggerboard case. Instead, a folding centerboard case goes in under the starboard bunk. There is room for storage (10 cm wide) and a shelf behind the backrest on this side, so that the bunk is kept narrow enough for comfortable seating, but wide enough for comfortably sleeping, i.e 60 cm narrowing to 40 cm at the foot end. The width between the bunks is 50 cm at the aft end, narrowing to 40 cm in the front end. The saloon table is affixed to the mast support. A wide single bunk fits in the forepeak. One can arrange a double berth by lowering the table between the saloon bunks and/or by utilizing part of the forepeak bunk to avoid interference with the mast support. A fourth full-lenght bunk goes under the cockpit.

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