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Old 08-20-2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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Aren't there enough Marine Traders out there for it's own builders forum tread?
I've been an owner of a 39.6 DC for just 6 months and have seen plenty around in South Florida. We have 2 at my dock! Does anyone know how many Marine Traders were sold over the years...Seems a lot are still out there!
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:19 AM   #2
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No. You Marine Trader dudes need to stay with the rest of us Leaky Teaky's...
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Caribe, all the Taiwanese boats are so much alike (MT, chen Hwa, Fu Wha, etc) it makes no sense to start a new category. Even the MTOA, which used to be Marine Trader Owners Association, renamed itself the "Marine Trawlers Owners Association to expand their membership.
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Thanks! Glad to be here and very proud of my bilge humidity but still want to know how many MT are out there/in here and also wonder how my recent restoration compares with other MT and how many have been restored etc...stuff like that.
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Don't know how many made over the years. A lot I am sure. They are still selling them. Yacht World has several new ones right now.

Caribe, do you have a blog with pics so we can see what you have done? I have tons of pics on my refit (only 40% done) on our blog.
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Found this at Miller Yacht Sales...
The company began operations in 1968, and during the 1970s and 1980s MTI was well positioned to take advantage of the surging demand for efficient trawler-style designs. It was during this period that MTI made a significant impact on the market, selling hundreds of boats in every major boating region in the country. In nearly 30 years of operations, MTI has imported over 3,000 boats—more by far than any other importer in the country. Marine Trader models came from many different Taiwan manufacturers over the years. Always privately owned, the company continues to import several Asian-built trawlers and motoryachts.
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Wow thanks Capn Chuck that is great! So MTI makes, models and materials could have come from a variety of yards making each unique.
-thanks too ready 2go We will send links to a blog soon..quite a story...Calypso actually found and acquired us to save her...We are in final stages of complete refurbish Every inch has 4 new coats of Awl Grip.
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Hi, i have a marine trader 34, i dont know wich is the original and if there is a better prop, i have a FL 120 and the prop is 19x20 4 blades, i would like more speed,

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The factory prop on the single-engine Grand Banks 36 with an FL120 was three-bladed, 24" diameter with an 18" pitch, which was slightly overpitched for the boat. However at typical cruise rpm (1500-1800) this prop did not overload the FL120 and provided a bit more speed than a prop pitched to provide max rated rpm (2500) at WOT.

According to the prop shop we use in Seattle, going to a four-bladed prop, all else being equal, typically means the pitch should be reduced by one inch. So for that same GB36 the four bladed prop would be 24 x 17.

At 20 x 19 your 34' boat may be propped about right or slightly overpropped. You don't want to overprop an FL120 by very much. But I'm not familiar with Marine Traders so I'm only speculating. For a meaningful answer to your question I suggest you contact a repuatable prop shop that's had some experience with your make and model of boat.
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thanks Marin,
actually my prop itīs 19Ļin and 20 of pitch, i cant fit a bigger prop but a just talk to a prop shop and they tell me to change de pitch to 22 so i can get a little more speed, my cruise speed is about 6 knots at 1850 rpm and the engine fell very good, if i compare to other boats with the same engine they have a bigger prop but a lot less pitch so im a little concerned
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Aren't there enough Marine Traders out there for it's own builders forum tread?
I've been an owner of a 39.6 DC for just 6 months and have seen plenty around in South Florida. We have 2 at my dock! Does anyone know how many Marine Traders were sold over the years...Seems a lot are still out there!
Caribe, we bought a 38 Marine Trader DC in April. Would like to know about renovation projects other MT owners have undertaken. We are on the Fl west coast and there are 3 MT's in our marina. It would be nice to have a separate forum.

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Islandtimecruiser, We have a blog that shows a lot of the renovations we have done and are in the process of doing. One vast improvement we did was to get rid of the stock deck drains and install scuppers. One thing about owning an older MT, you have done a lot of renovations, or you are about to.
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Caribe, we bought a 38 Marine Trader DC in April. Would like to know about renovation projects other MT owners have undertaken. We are on the Fl west coast and there are 3 MT's in our marina. It would be nice to have a separate forum.

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Also lots of projects on our Beach House blog. Chuck
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(Marine Trader) Tradewinds 38 Sundeck

Please indulge a new member and wannabe trawler owner/Looper. I've researched dozens of 25 - 35 year-old 35' - 42' Sundeck-style & Europa-style trawlers, and the history of Taiwanese-built trawlers. A 1987 Tradewinds 38 Sundeck in Michigan has captured my attention for a variety of reasons. I think it was probably built/imported by Marine Trader/Marine Trading International (MTI); so arguably, it could/should be called a Marine Trader Tradewinds 38 Sundeck? If not, can anyone tell me what the difference(s) between a Marine Trader 38 Sundeck and a Tradewinds 38 Sundeck is (are)? Just hull/keel design? Is anyone familiar with the Tradewinds 38 Sundeck's pros and cons? If I can buy a mid- to late-80's 40' Sundeck trawler, comparably equipped and in similar condition, for the same $50K +/- price, BUT the 40' boat was a lifelong year-round-use saltwater boat (not a six-months-of-the-year use freshwater boat), would anyone advise getting the bigger boat for the same initial investment? Thanks in advance to anyone who responds to share their knowledge, experience, and insight with me.
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Greetings,
Mr. B75. Welcome aboard. The above (post #14) is a double post. It is not necessary to post the same query in different sections of TF. Your question as to "brands" has been well answered by Mr. bp in this thread: Marine Trader: Tradewinds vs LaBelle?
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Good question about Marine Traders. Do join MTOA which is the original Marine Trader Organization and as one has stated, changed its name to Marine Trawler as well over 50% of the membership have boats other than Marine Traders, that included me at the time.
Take a look at this list and you will see that CHB, that would be Chung Hwa Boat Building Co. also built MT's and a whole host of other "brands" of boats. It has been said, with good reason that the Taiwan boat building industry was incestuous, to say the least.

At one of the boat rendevous that I have had at my home one friend showed up with a 45 ft MT whose hull was absolutely identical to mine, a CHB 45 pilot house, his was a different cabin configuration but the interior teak work was very similar to mine.



Subject: COMPILED HISTORY OF BOATS BUILT BY CHB

Chubbies,

You want info abt. CHB?
I have taken the liberty of putting together a few postings from the CHB
List relative to the history of CHB.
This is kinda long.
Enjoy.
By the way I got my boat in Nov. of 1985 in Clearwater,Fla. We know each
other well-----in the biblical sense!!!!

CCC
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1981 CHB 45 P/H
CHARLES and PAT CULOTTA
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----- Original Message -----


Subject: Re: C&L trawler

I recently purchased a 1977 37' foot C&L trawler and in the survey it
said
> it
> > was built in Taiwan, unfortunately I cannot find much info on this
boat...
> > I was told C&L was the Importer not the builder and now C&L is out of
> > business.
>
> Lorrie,
> Here is a run down on who built what!!
> Well, what us CHB owners ," Chubbies" have come up with over the years.
> This is not necessarily an exhaustive list.
> We have a CHB 45 P/H 1981 .
>
> Chung Hwa Boat Co. Also Chein Hwa Boat Co a " relative"
>
> > For more discussion on the pedigree ck. the CHB archives under "
> History".
> A year or so ago I found a web site for CHB and as far as I know they are
> still in business but don't sell boats under their name. They build for
> others.
> According to the literature and sales brochures that came with my boat
> their add was:
> 10 Hang Chou S. Road , Sec.1
> Taipei, Taiwan
> Phone 886 2 321 3337
> I also have two key chains with that info on them. Did have a couple
more
> but gave them to other Chubbies.
>CCC

> CHB (obvious)
> > Northsea (Curlie-Qs at the front of the hand rails, no?)
> > PT (yep, S/Ns start "CHB". Know of one 38ft in Everett)
> > Puget Trawler
> > Southern Cross (Australia?)
> > La Paz (you So. Cal types may know/see these)
> > Marine Trader
> > Hampton (Fu Hwa)
> > Present
> > Ponderosa
> > Senator
> > Heritage (Chien Hwa)
> > Escort
> > C&L
> 1) 34' CHB, an aft cabin , circa 1985
> 2) 36' Performance/Chung Hwa PT-36, a sportsfisherman , Norek design,
> circa 1989
> 3) 38' CHB-38, a double cabin & sedan , circa 1985
> 4) 38' Performance/ Chung Hwa, an aft cabin & sedan, circa 1980
> 5) 38' Performance/ Chung Hwa, a sundeck, Norek design, circa 1989
> 6) 41' CHB-41, an aft cabin, circa 1985
> 7) 41' CHB-41, a sedan, circa 1980
> 8) 41' Performance/ Chung Hwa 41, an aft cabin & sedan, circa 1980
> 9) 42' Performance/ Chung Hwa PT-42, a sundeck with cockpit, Norek
design,
> circa 1989
> 10) 45' CHB-45 , a pilothouse, Monk design, circa 1980
> 11) 45' CHB-45 , two different sedans, circa 1985
>
>> The Eurobanker is very close to a Marine Trader,
> Chien HWA, or other Chinese trawlers of this class and price range.
>
> On close inspection, they are the same family of boat.
>
> I do not know who imported these boats to Europe, but
> for all practical purposes think of them as Marine Traders
> with a different name for the European market.
>
> My friend in Belgium has one (36') and it only took
> a few minutes inspection to figure out that she was built
> by the same Chinese folks who build MT, CHB, Albin,
> etc.
*******>
My wife and I have just purchased a very nice 1979/80 28' Polarus CHB
> Trawler.
> This model is extremly rare.....so I am told. The is only one other
> one on the Canadian West Coast. I would like learn more about this
> model and would love to chat with any group member who can share info
> on this model.
>
> Thank you,
>
> Brooke in Victoria B.C. Canada
********
Additional note:

Manufacture code "WCR" was assigned by the USCG to "Yacht Building Company
of Chung, Taipei, Taiwan" from 1976 until 1992. This sounds suspiciously
like one of the Chung Hwa cousins and might fit your "xxR" code, but that's
just a guess.

Keith
A hull id number that begins with CBK35 would indicate a 35 foot model made
by Chien Hwa Boat. That was the CHB yard in Taipei on the north end of
Taiwan, but I'm told it's now gone. A hull id that begins with "CHB"
indicates Chung Hwa Boat, on the south end of Taiwan, where a wide variety
of boats are still made Those are not the only two codes used with the
various Taiwan CHB cousins, though. The US Coast Guard database of
manufacturer codes is pretty weak about this Taiwan stuff and shows the CBK
address as that of the last known US importer rather than any relevant
Taiwan info.

Keith Johnson,

You boat is a 35 foot CHIEN HWA built by Chein Hwa Boat Mfg Co.,Taipei,
Taiwan and finished August, 1983 hull #108

The CHB (Chung Hwa Boat) and the CBK (Chein Hwa Boat) are very close cousins
even though the CHB yards were in Kiaoshung at the southern end of Taiwan
and the Chein Hwa yard is in northern Taiwan. BTW CBK is the builder of
Kady Krogen yachts!

Any of our CHB historians/pedigree experts care to jump in here on this one?

Ron & Marilyn Sallee
snip......................Does anyone know the history of the "Present"
brand trawlers. I know they
> were built in Asia but that is about all I know. There is no information
> available on the net. Any insight into their history and any known design
> issues would be greatly appreciated.
> -----------------
>
> Hi, Phil. The Present trawlers were made by the Chung Hwa or Chien Hwa
yards in Taiwan and were therefore CHBs under a different name. In the 70's
the manufacturer allowed each importer to call their boats whatever "brand"
name suited their fancy. Hence you will find CHBs called North Sea, La Paz,
Southern Cross, PT, and Present, to name just the ones that come to mind at
the "present" <G> time.
> We have a BB and also a website dedicated to CHBs and their kissin'
cousins. There are at least 3 Present 42s (2 42s located in Texas and a 46
in Florida) in the group.
You can find us at:
>
> Website:
> http://communities.msn.com/CHBOwners
>
Welcome aboard, David.
Rick Megenity already directed you to the CHB website for some of the
historical info you asked about, so I won't plow that furrow again.
Yes, Chien Hwa and Chung Hwa are the 2 yards that built CHBs back in the
70s and 80s. The yards were owned by the same person. Each boat is different
in some significant and insignificant ways from its sisterships, even the
ones built the same year. There are three 1978 34 Chung Hwa tri-cabs like
ours in the Pacific NW that I have personal knowledge of that are so
different that one would think they were built in different yards and or
years. I like to joke that the way the boat came out depended on which
Chinese family moved aboard to finish the boat once the running gear was
installed, but this may be truer than not.
You will also discover that CHBs are known by many names: Southern
Cross, La Paz, PT, North Sea, just to name a few. Early in the production
run the yards allowed each major importer to brand the boat with whatever
name they wished. I think it was in the late 70's that all became just
simply "CHB".
I look forward to talking with you on this BB.
Andy Clark
I have seen many advertisments for a "Roughwater" but didn't realize they
also
where built by CHB. They seem to be very popular on the West Coast.

What type of rebuild are you doing? Where are you planning to take your
boat
in the future?

Tom Mahowald
On our Heritage 45 (CHB hull) the number is plainly shown on upper starboard
transome.

Ted and JoAnne Lyman of Happy Clown

More about dark CHB teak:

Before buying my aft-cabin CHB 45 I looked at a
CHB 42 sedan. I was impressed by the very rich and dark
teak used for the doors and other interior furniture. I have seen
the same colored tight-grained teak in some of the older
Hatteras yachts --(read high-end models).

The wood almost has the look and feel of rosewood. True -
the wood is dark, but on the other hand is very elegant and
rich.

The door to my aft-head is also made of this very dark and
hard teak, the rest of the boat is typical "Taiwan teak color"
and texture.

CHB excels in thoughtfully designed interiors with the best
space utilization and charm for money spent. Most of the
blue-blood passagemakers are not the equal of CHB when it
comes to the fine details of our cabin layouts. We have more
usable space than designs of greater beam and length - now
if we could only get a handle on deck spurts!

> I noticed in Poulsbo in September that my interior teak is a tad darker
than
> the other CHB's. Maybe it's just dirt and grease, but I wonder if Chien
Hwa
> got lumber from a different species of tree in those days. Or maybe it
was
> the varnish they used. I wish I could lighten it up a bit.
>
Brian Hall
CHB 45 "Any Sea"
Baltimore

From: "Clark, Andrew R" <Andrew.Clark2@PSS.Boeing.com>

Thanks, George. The partial list of "CHBs" makes interesting reading. I
don't think I've seen one such as this before. Interestingly, it does not
identify any Chien or Fu Hwa-built vessels.

That brings me to another thing I should share. I stopped trying to compile
a list of Chien/Chung/Fu Hwa boats because the pedigree and heritage of
these boats gets very murky, given the crossbreeding endemic in the
Taiwanese boat-building industry then (and now?). I had several off-list
e-mail exchanges on this subject with Ron Sallee and Tom Mahowald, and the
consensus was that trying to compile such a list ran the risk of missing a
member of the heritage family, and thereby making some owners feel not
wanted because their particular boat mfg/type was not listed. We wanted to
encourage camaraderie and exchange of "Taiwanese trawler stuff", not inhibit
it, or alienate the terrific people who are part of, and those who want to
be part of, this marvelous forum. For example, the C&Ls, while not precisely
CHBs, do have many (most) of the problems and characteristics of the CHB
genre, and as such, their owners are and always have been welcome in the
group. There's also some measu!
re of connection between the C&L and Chien/Chung/Fu Hwa yards, the nature of
which is still not precisely clear to me. For example Rick Megenity has been
an active member almost from the git-go, and his C&L 44 bears a striking
resemblance to the Marine Trader 44, which, I believe has a strong link to
C/C/F. So who's to say it is or isn't a CHB. To my mind, it doesn't matter.
It looks like one to me.
Bottom line is that my list might have conveyed too much exclusivity, and
while we are a "CHB Group", the composition of such a group is difficult, if
not impossible to define, given the somewhat mongrel heritage of our boats.
Tom suggested a more meaningful list might be one reflecting "Inexpensive
Taiwanese Trawlers". These would share many, if not most of the
characteristics of the types we own. The idea being that love of this kind
of boat, its problems and lessons learned is what this forum is all about.
Andy Clark
Andy,

I pulled out my copy of Boatwatch (second edition, 1990) by Max Wade
Averitt. This book list boats by size and shows a small silhouette line
drawing of each model as well as a very brief description. The book is by
no means complete but does have some of the CHB's listed. (I wish I had his
later book , Boatwatch: Master Guide to Powerboats (1996) but Amazon's $78
price tag puts me off.) These books are not related to the Powerboat
Guides by McKnew & Parker.

Averitt's older book has the following boats listed which include CHB or
Chung Hwa in the description:

1) 34' CHB, an aft cabin , circa 1985
2) 36' Performance/Chung Hwa PT-36, a sportsfisherman , Norek design,
circa 1989
3) 38' CHB-38, a double cabin & sedan , circa 1985
4) 38' Performance/ Chung Hwa, an aft cabin & sedan, circa 1980
5) 38' Performance/ Chung Hwa, a sundeck, Norek design, circa 1989
6) 41' CHB-41, an aft cabin, circa 1985
7) 41' CHB-41, a sedan, circa 1980
8) 41' Performance/ Chung Hwa 41, an aft cabin & sedan, circa 1980
9) 42' Performance/ Chung Hwa PT-42, a sundeck with cockpit, Norek design,
circa 1989
10) 45' CHB-45 , a pilohouse, Monk design, circa 1980
11) 45' CHB-45 , two different sedans, circa 1985

Regards,

OK. I added Royal Star to the list. Could the 42 be the same boat as the 42
Present? There are 2 of those based in the Houston area, the owners of which
may be lurking here. Tom? Ann?

I'm beginning to wonder if the shorter list might be those trawlers NOT
built by Chien/Chung/Fu Hwa <G>

Andy Clark
I suggest you add to the list the Royal Star line. I know
I've seen ads for different versions of them, and ours is
the 42. It was brought into the country by a dealer at
Shelter Island in San Diego. The owner's manual - really a
three ring binder with blueprints of the vessel and print
materials from vendors that was apparently put together by
the dealer - has a Dymo Tape label on it that says it's
#142.

Larry Telford
Yes..Ponderosa's are CHB's. I still have the blue prints from when mine was
built. Seems to have been built in one of the yards we're talking about.
toni froehling
"Koinonia"
1984 Ponderosa

There have been a few inquires about the CHB yard and some of their boats on
TWL lately. I'd like to share my knowledge on the subject. I'm recalling
this from
memory but I think the following is basically correct.
Chung Hwa Boat, CHB, was part of a three yard group owned by Y.F.Lee in
Taiwan. Chung Hwa is located in Kaohsiung, south Taiwan. They built, among
other
models, the CHB 34 aft cabin, 45 Sedan, 46 aft cabin, called a sundeck when
the aft
cabin has no walk around, the 48, the Vantare (sp.?) line of wide body
yachts, the
LeFiette (sp.?) sailboat, the Krogen 54 as well as military, fishing and
small boats
for the Japanese market.
The 34 aft cabin has the largest building run in Taiwan of over 1000 boats.
It is still made by Chung Hwa in China, see below. It was sold under
various
names
by many importers with, I'm sure, Marine Trader bringing in the most
numbers.
The
original design was supposed to be from a U.S. military person stationed in
Taiwan
who wanted a boat for himself. Chung Hwa entered the U.S. market in the
early
70's
with the 34 badged as "ABC Yacht". It was so bad they are still embarrassed
when
these boats are mentioned.
In answer to Mr. Hall the yard claims the 45 hull was designed by Ed Monk.
This could very well be. It is clearly the best hull design they made.
The other two yards were Fu Hwa and Chien Hwa located near Taipei. Fu Hwa
built the 34 sedan model, the Krogen 38 sailboat (suprisingly fast) and the
Krogen
Manatee among other models. Chien Hwa built the Krogen 42, the Silhouette
and
other
models. Both of these yards no longer make boats.
I spent some time in Taiwan in the early 80's and I stayed in a hotel, of
questionable repute, near CHB's Taiwan office - often with the Krogen "boys"
who were
doing QC work for Jim. Later Jim moved his molds to other Taiwan yards in
order to
get the quality he wanted. I remember him saying "no more Hwa yards for
me".
After
viewing one of his 42's I mentioned to him, at one of the great Chinese
banquets the
yard put on, that the 42 saloon was to narrow and he should drop the side
deck on the
port side. Jim scoffed at this idea saying it would make the boat
asymmetrical. I
said that didn't matter as you could only see one side of a boat at a time.
I
swear I
saw a light bulb blink over his head and, sure enough, shortly after the 54
design
came out with a single side deck.
Another banquet story. Occasionally, when the spirits were flowing well,
Y.F. would tell the story of the 45 sedan he sold to an englishman in Hong
Kong. The
buyer held a commissioning party aboard and about 20 people were standing on
the top
deck. The buyer raised his drink to toast his new boat when the deck broke
dumping
everybody in the saloon. The Chinese at the table would laugh so hard at
this
story
they were literally crying while the brokers and dealers would give each
other rather
concerned looks.
Y.F. Lee died about a year ago and his son, Earnest, is in charge now.
CHB has opened a yard in China up near Shanghai where they also are doing
some real estate business. It is called "Fu Hai" and still builds the much
upgraded
34 for Don Miller at Marine Trader. I don't know what else they are making
there.
The CHB yard in Kaohsiung is mainly making smaller boats for the Japanese
market. However they still make a 38 sedan (137K plus engines) and the 46
sundeck
(155K plus engines). The 46 is the 45 hull made one foot longer. These
boats
are not
built exclusively for a dealer but can be purchased by anybody. (Frank Su,
Tel#
886-2-821 8133, Fax# 886-2-821 0590).

Bill Kimley
Gee, maybe we should break into two camps: one with CHB burgees and one
with CBK burgees. Or would that be CHB-South and CHB-North in Taiwan terms?

I don't care where they're all from, I'm just glad I found all you folks
'cause the Bayliner crowd just looks at me funny when I talk about leaky
decks and Lehman engines. You can see it in their eyes... they're thinking
"only an idiot would buy a boat with rotten decks and rusty steel tanks and
more exposed teak than you can cover with a barrel of Cetol."

I think it's funny that the original CHB yard in Taiwan was started by an
American (Bill Hardin), then the both the Chung Hwa and Chien Hwa yards were
taken over by a Chinese guy (Sinclair Wen) who lives in the US. Yeah, and a
few years ago Lee Iacocca convinced me to buy a US made car and when I got
it home I discovered it was made in Canada. The world is smaller than it
used to be.

I noticed in Poulsbo in September that my interior teak is a tad darker than
the other CHB's. Maybe it's just dirt and grease, but I wonder if Chien Hwa
got lumber from a different species of tree in those days. Or maybe it was
the varnish they used. I wish I could lighten it up a bit.

BTW... wouldn't Courtship's HIN indicate it's a 33, not a 34? Maybe they
swell up a foot longer when they are brought into rainy areas like Puget
Sound. I wish mine would shrink a foot so I could save money on moorage
fees.

Keith Johnson,

I miss posted yesterday...CBK not chk..is Chien Hwa....

The yards CBK & CHB were in T'aipei and Kaohsiung respectively about 180
miles apart. T'aipei being on the north end of Taiwan (East China Sea) and
Kaohsiung at the south end of the island (South China Sea.) For this reason
I doubt that the actual molds were shared, however the common pedigree is
obvious in many boats. It is possible that hulls built in Kaohsiung were
hauled north for finishing or vise versa. It is also possible that
duplicate molds were built and then used in both yards.

Anyone have definitive information on the symbiosis between CBK & CHB?

BTW whatever your Identification number starts with..if you consider it to
be a CHB then so do we...with the possible exception of USP !

Ron & Marilyn Sallee

Hi Scott. There's more of us CHBers around than you might think.
Charles forwarded your e-mail to me. We have a nascent group of owners,
nationwide, who share the same interests in CHBs. Most of our
comunications are via e-mail. Few post to BBs.

I too have had the deck off my '78 34ft. It would be
interesting to compare notes.

Following is an excerpt from a previous e-mail responding to
"what's a CHB?". FYI.

"As far as your question regarding "what's a CHB?", that's a
good question.

I do know that CHBs were sold under many names assigned by
whoever imported them. For example, my recollection is that some
Australian boats were called Southern Cross and also Clipper, some So.
Cal. boats were La Paz, and some of the Northwest area boats were North
Sea and Puget Trawler. Golden Coasts, Marine Traders and Tradewinds
boats were also "CHBs", but I don't recall the geographic areas in which
they were sold as such.

Somewhere around 1975 the marketing approach changed, and all
imported boats were called CHBs. This doesn't end the confusion,
however, since there were 2 yards that built them; Chung Hwa (formerly
Far East) and Chien Hwa, and boats built in the same year and month in
each of the yards (as well as in the same yard!) were different in many
system details and decor areas. Approximately 1600 "CHBs" were built in
total. There were (and probably still are) so many interrelationships
and so much inbreeding amongst the Taiwan yards that it's difficult to
tell who did what, with which and to whom!

To further add to the confusion, I have some friends with a PT38
(does that stand for Puget Trawler or Performance Trawler?- no one seems
to know). It's hull id. number starts with "CHB". So it was built in one
of the 2 CHB yards, but is it a CHB? Since Sinclair Wen who is President
of Taiwanese Overseas International, which builds PTs, was the former
president of Chung Hwa, and is still a director and shareholder as well
as a shareholder in Chien Hwa, the family tree is even more convoluted.

Sea Magazine had an interesting short history of the CHBs in
their June 1988 issue. That's where I got some of my info. You can
probably get a copy from the magazine directly, if you are interested in
reading it.'

Hope this helps. Let me know if you're interested in being part
of the group. No dues, no commitments (except to participate however you
wish).

Regards

Andy Clark

tooirish5 wrote:

>
> I discovered on page 6 that Friday Harbor Yacht
> Sales lists a new 2002 34' CHB for sale. Cruise ready for $ 195,000.
> That should send our used boat prices up. My question is, why don't we
>
> have the phone number of this factory ? Maybe they have the answers to
>
> some of those questions we ask each other about our boats. Upgrades,
> spare parts or equipment.
> Jerry,
==========
My man, the builder of the "CHB" is NINBO FU-HAI FRP BOAT BUILDING CO
It is located in Ningbo COMMUNIST CHINA . You know the same country
that forced our reconnaissance plane dwn and then would not allow us to
fly it out, oh , I digress.!!!!!
They have just entered an agreement with Newfoundland to market yachts
in Canada.
Unfortunately I dont think they can or would help us at all. Of course
that is my opinion , it would be nice if I am wrong. They probably just
acq the mold for that hull.
I did a quick Google search for the co name.

CCC
=========
Hi Charles,

You might be interested to know that I attended the huge boatshow at
sanctuary Cove 2 weeks ago and was delighted to see two brand new CHB's for
sale under the Clipper brand name. I got brochures and info on them. One was
38' and the little one 34'. They have not changed at all!

Regards,

Mike
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