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I Went To The Boatyard -- The Cheyenne

Old 02-08-2009, 05:30 PM
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A week or so ago I went ot visit a friend at the boatyard. He has a love/hate relationship with his boat there.

But this time I noticed something anew in the boatyard, the Cheyeene was there!!! It is almost like seeing a celebrity in the grocery store.


Here she is underway:





I took a few snapshots. You can read about her here: http://www.solarnavigator.net/steve_fossett.htm

125-ft, carbon-fiber catamaran, only 50,000-lbs. The mast broke while bringing her over from Hawaii, so it took the crew 7-days. One of the crew said they could have done it in 5-days but they wanted to take it easy.

On April 5, 2004 she broke the world record for circumnavigating the globe, shattering the old record for the 21,760-mile journey by almost 6-days.


She is not small. She carried Steve Fossett plus a crew of 12.




The stern. She is so light the tied her to heavy concrete highway dividers to keep her put when strong winds come off the bay.




The Jeep below the cockpit gives you an idea of the scale.




You can see the wheel just to the right of the cockpit canopy.




From the bow looking back.




Here she is from the side. Damn, she looks fast!




That would be the ever beautiful San Francisco off in the background.



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Old 02-08-2009, 06:22 PM
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cool pics
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:39 PM
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wow! that's gorgeous. Thanks for the pictures!!
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:41 PM
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RIP Steve F.
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Great pics, that thing is amazing! Thanks for posting.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:48 PM
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Steve put his money into the future and beyond, Truely a great human.
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Old 02-08-2009, 07:04 PM
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How do they do they get it out of the water?
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:28 AM
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The carbon-fiber construction makes it so light prob a couple of guys just picked it up.

When I get a chance I'm going back to the boatyard to ask if I can have a look inside, take some more pix. I will ask how they got it out of the water.

Forgot to mention, it's for sale; $1-million, as is. Estimate on replacing the carbon-fiber mast: $2-million+. Those numbers are unconfirmed.



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Old 02-09-2009, 10:48 AM
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I was wondering what do you do with this monster? It appears to be a single purpose boat and not good for much of anything else. No doubt a tremendous piece of engineering and manufacturing, just getting the carbon fiber aligned must have taken years.
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That is awesome. A technology tour de force.
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Eyeball, Very cool Photos, thanks for sharing. It is incredible when you see those giant cats up close. I would say your right about that mast though, 2 mill sounds right as its carbon fiber and would be over 150 tall and need to be able to handle the strain of ocean racing. Only a few places in the world could build that

Its nice to see her in racing condition still. So many of these end up either rotting away somewhere, destroyed, or turned into party barges. They are true one trick ponies and only the great ones will be kept up.

I would like to see the insides but I suspect its all Pipe Berths and bare walls. Racing yachts are beautiful to look at but notoriously sparse on the interior.
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4-stroke or 2-stroke?
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The one in the first pic has red hulls, and yellow behind the windshields, correct? I wouldn't think there are two of these. Was it painted? Not that it matters much, very cool rig!
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