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Old 01-11-2019, 10:26 AM   #1
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Cheoy Lee trawlers

Any opinions of Cheoy Lee trawlers from the seventies?
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:43 AM   #2
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I have a 1979, 46lrc. Built like a tank. Teak decks a problem, if still present. Fit and finish, average. Not a GB. Well thought out, for the most part.some blister issues but repairable. Overall, a 40 yr old boat will need tons of attention..helps if youíre handy, otherwise many boat bucks.
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We looked at a 66 a few years ago. Amazing amount of interior space, great layout for a charter boat. The more we dug into it the more problems we found.

There was quite a bit of hidden hull and bulkhead delamination, rotten wood, etc, but not sure if that is build quality, maintenance issues or catastrophic failure.

Very possible the boat had a fire and also at least partially sunk. Broker refused to admit to anything. That was only a sample of one but it wasn't good.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:16 PM   #4
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Cheoy Lee has a very strong reputation for quality and a heavy build.
I currently own a 1991 year model and spent almost $4000 on a very extensive survey. I’ve owned the boat for 2 years and it has been amazing. When I hauled the boat, there were zero blisters. Boat has been in the water for 28 years and no blisters. I’ve never owned another boat that has held up like that.
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Thanks for the replies and it sounds like I need to take a closer look, I'm going to wait until it's above zero out however.
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Cheoy Lee has a very strong reputation for quality and a heavy build.
I currently own a 1991 year model and spent almost $4000 on a very extensive survey. I’ve owned the boat for 2 years and it has been amazing. When I hauled the boat, there were zero blisters. Boat has been in the water for 28 years and no blisters. I’ve never owned another boat that has held up like that.
Where was the boat kept for all or the majority of those years?

No challenge, just adding to my knowledge base on hydrolysis/blisters.

Cheoy Lee I believe have had more a couple 50+ models cross the Pacific on their own bottoms.....speaks well that someone would trust them for the trip....past thread material.

In the early 80s I was looking at a ouple of their sailboats because of their rep....not sure jf their power side was similarly built.
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:14 AM   #7
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Quality build ifall systems upgraded replaced buy pos day last 10 years good buy. Otherwise bring your $50k plus budget. That's for sure.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:27 AM   #8
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I have a 1988 Choey Lee 52í. Quality build, state of the art at time of build. Time has passed on though so newer build techniques have supplanted older. Still, the hull is solid glass, only cored on deck and above. Built like a tank and drives like one too, but it will outrun a Nordy. Mine never had teak decks. I have found delamination on a transom hatch cover and now I find a soft spot on the foredeck that I suspect is caused by water ingress through a windlass throughbolt. Time catches up with everything I guess. Just something else to deal with. On an early 70ís boat I would expect many time related issues. The price should reflect that.
Built in Fiberglass fuel tanks!!! Thatís a very good thing. No leaky steel tanks.
Well laid out machinery spaces. Good quality fittings.
Interior teak likely needs rework. Windows might need resealing due to age.
Everything depends on how well previous owners have kept up with maintenance.
Look carefully. Itís a nearly 50 year old boat, no matter who built it.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:14 PM   #9
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Cheoy Lee was a quality ship builder and boat builder long before most of the other Chinese yards. I would put their construction equal to any of the same time period. Still any boat that age has been exposed to whatever all it's owners did or didn't do and so may be far from the quality that left the factory.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:22 PM   #11
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Very nice article but didn't see it's connection to Cheoy Lee.

A couple of notes on Cheoy Lee. Started in 1870. 4th and 5th generations of the Lo family now running things.
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1870? Building boats this whole time? That's very cool.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:04 PM   #13
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1870? Building boats this whole time? That's very cool.
Here is the link to their story.

https://www.cheoylee.cn/?_page=archi...story&_lang=en

I think sometimes we just don't realize the nature of some Chinese builders and their heritage.
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With any boat of that age initial build quality probably isnít the issue. But rather the maintenance that has been given to the particular boat. You just have to examine it carefully and get a really good surveyor. Expect that there will be issues, just how bad are the issues and are you willing to accept the issues and deal with them or not.
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There is a forum member who recently crossed the Pacific with his Cheoy Lee 47. I think he posted updates on his progress on the forum, but I can't remember his forum name at this point. I get updates through a club newsletter. He loves his Cheoy Lee as can be seen from his website. Link below.

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Found the post about the Pacific crossing.

Crossing the Pacific on 47' 1972 power vessel
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Old 01-15-2019, 04:13 PM   #18
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We own a 1981 46 LRC. Very impressed with the build quality. Very good design of this particular series, imo.

We looked long and hard before we decided on our boat and are almost no models from that era or today that I would trade her for. Just right for us.
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Found the post about the Pacific crossing.

Crossing the Pacific on 47' 1972 power vessel
That's great, thanks.
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Old 01-21-2019, 07:09 PM   #20
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I’ve got a 47 seamaster. 1973 think they only made like 6 or 7 but I can tell you this boat is solid as a rock. A lot of the original systems still operating as well as the original engine. I don’t regret buying it at all.
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