Remember Cheetah boats? Classic Fiberglass Boats Mercury Outboard

classic fiberglass go fast boat photo image on river lake

Back in 1963 they started out building boats. For almost half a century Cheetah Boats made fiberglass boats in small production runs. Cheetah Boats is now out of business. They were mostly Go Fast low profile sport boats for running around a lake or stretch of river. They made up to 110 classic fiberglass boats most years. They were located in Lake Havasu City, AZ. These all were trailer boats.

Most of their boats got to be powered by a Tower of Power Mercury Marine outboard motor. Say a X- 6 Merc Racing style Motor. Put a 150 Horsepower Mercury Marine outboard engine on a 20’ 9” classic vee bottom 8’ beam Cheetah boat and you got 55-56 mph with a 5 blade 20” pitch propeller with a light load. That was OK speed for running down the river in 1991. Not so fast now, except you were low to the water in a boat that made the most out of the sensation of a speed boat on the water.

A Cheetah Boat was made for a price out of conventional fiberglass construction using standard cloth, mat, and roving with polyester resin. Carbon Fiber and other expensive high-tech fiberglass boat building materials like Plexus advanced fiberglass fusion adhesives, Tricel marine reinforcing, Pre-Pregs, and Nida-Core plastic honeycomb products are not to be found in most Cheetah Boats. They are good boats, even very nice boats, but not the lightest racing weight speed boats on the lake.

One Response to “Remember Cheetah boats? Classic Fiberglass Boats Mercury Outboard”

  • Jack:

    I have a 1980 cheetah 115 mercury outboard good shape runs great as a classic boat what do you think she is worth

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