1969 Cheoy Lee Offshore 27
I came across this posting today while searching the internet. I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this boat. She seems like a "project boat", but I'm wondering if it's too much project for me. The price is outstanding, for sure. But with what I'd need to do to make her even sailable, I'm almost nervous. If everything that he says needs to be done, then she's not sea worthy yet. Liveable on, perhaps. I know it's gonna take some time and money to get her to ready to sail, but time I have if I can live on her. Input???
This is the ad on craigslist. I can't put the link in because I don't have 10 posts yet! Argh! Anyway, if you want to see the link, go to craigslist in SF and type in sailboat. It's the 1969 Cheoy Lee Offshore 27 (aka Offshore Cadet) - $3000
Email for for details, I am happy to explain everything I know about the boat in detail including why I am considering selling it. I am one for full disclosure.
The good (why I am really fond of this boat):
- Beautiful classic full keel "blue water" boat
- Teak cockpit
- very thick / durable "60s" fiberglass
- strong running Volvo MD1 diesel inboard engine (8hp I believe), oil was just changed
- very clean interior for its age
- large cabin with standing room
- 2 main sails, 2 jibs, 1 spinnaker all in good shape (one additional sail, which I am honestly not even sure what it is)
- bottom just cleaned
- new battery
- new zincs
- newly rebuilt manual bilge
- new fuel filter and cup
The Bad (things I would fix in the coming year)
- standing rigging - has two small cracks in swage joints. I would replace the standing rigging all together since it is over 10 years old, but the lines to appear to be ok, its just those two joints that are showing problems.
- The life-line looks a little sketchy, i was planning on replacing it with some lines from the old rigging.
- if left in neutral the prop shaft stuffing box drips. I leave it in reverse when docked and it seems to stop the problem, but I would change it out next haul out.
- bottom paint will be needed in the next year or two. I had a diver clean it a few weeks ago, and he say there were some chips at the waterline, and a dozen or so quarter sized chips below the water line. I asked about blisters and he said there were a handful of pea-sized blisters but nothing out of the ordinary. He said it was nothing he would immediately worry about, just keep a regular cleaning schedule (every two months)
The Ugly (cosmetic issues)
- At some point there was a really bad deck repair done, its ugly. I would cut it out, see what condition their replacement wood was in and at lead re-lay some fiber glass, if not replace the wood as well. the spot is about 1' square
- there are a handful of other points around the deck that the paint has worn off of, so the whole thing could use a coat
- gelcoat is chalked, as you would expect on a boat this age. So it could also use a couple coats of paint over the cabin
- over all the teak is in ok shape, it could use a good oiling, and a few repairs, but pretty good over all. I personally like the character of the older well used wood.
- its 44 years old, so its got little things here and there.
I have a pile of sailing and sailboat repair books, as well as a portable ship to shore radio, and a bunch of hardware in a box (pullies, brass hardware, etc), some hand tools, a shop vac, lots of cleaning supplies, that will go with the boat. Also has fire extinguishers, couple life jackets, shore power adaptor, etc.
If you wanted to just use this boat as a slow motor boat to go fishing, etc on the bay its ready to go. If you want sail it I would suggest getting the rigging replaced before, then planning a haul out next winter for the bottom paint and stuffing box. Its an old boat, but they were built very solid back then. She has lots of character. I am not in any immediate need to sell her quickly or anything, life is just getting in the way of me working on and sailing her this summer, so i figured I would see if someone else could make better use of the boat.
As just about every boat I see on here under 10k she needs a little "TLC", but can make a really great boat. I tried to include photos that really show the true condition of the boat instead of just the sexy angles.
Email with any questions or if you would like to take a look at the boat.