A Peaceful Easy FeelingThis Asian import is aimed at cruising your worries away.With more than 5,000 vessels delivered, to say that Cheoy Lee is an experienced boatbuilder would be a massive understatement. The company has constructed bluewater sailboats, fishing trawlers, tugboats, and of course, yachts. For the last several years,
Six-thousand-two-hundred-sixty-two miles. Man, that’s a long time between fill-ups. But that’s the maximum statute-mile range I computed for Cheoy Lee’s new 68 Serenity, a 116,000-pound full-displacement trawler that dares you to single up all lines and chase that sunset. I computed her range based on the boat’s standard 2,350 gallons of diesel and a 1000-rpm speed of 7.7 mph (2.96 mpg).
Even in this era of globalization, few projects can rival the Serenity Series for geographic diversity. Cheoy Lee Shipyards will build the 68, the first model in the series, at its yard in Doumen, China. Her design comes via an Australian firm, David Bentley Industrial Design, while her high-tech composites were spec’d by the structural gurus at High Modulus in New Zealand. Rounding out the team,
Even though other European explorers had reached China by the time Marco Polo, his father, and his uncle had done so in the late 13th century, the colorful tales the young traveller spun upon his return of foreign lands, strange customs, and riches untold captivated the imagination of the populace like no other. He voyaged farther than his predecessors despite illness, weather, and sea conditions
Cheoy Lee 78 Sport MotoryachtSometimes less is more, especially if doing less means doing it better. A case in point is the layout of Cheoy Lee’s 78 Sport Motoryacht. Rather than maximizing the number of guest staterooms, the savvy builder opted for just three. But each one is so generously proportioned that it's like every
These days a fully custom 100-footer is an anomaly, which suits Cheoy Lee just fine.Experience often has a direct relationship to success; the more of it you have, the more likely you are to perform well. And nowhere is this truer than in boatbuilding.If I had any doubt of that, it disappeared the moment I stepped aboard the
Cheoy Lee 45-Meter Marco PoloAs the name suggests, Cheoy Lee Shipyard's Marco Polo series of Transocean Explorer yachts is intended for voyaging to the far reaches of the globe. But unlike the plethora of expedition-style yachts that have come to define the genre, this new offering is more a blend of merchant ship and motoryacht.
I was delighted. The guy who’d been driving the Cheoy Lee 68-foot Sport Motoryacht while I recorded radar-gun and other data during the sea trial pulled the Twin Disc electronic engine controls into neutral, centered the wheel, and hopped down from the Tracy helm chair. As he slid back the hatch over the stairway leading from the flying bridge down to the lower helm station and the rest of the