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Re: 1969 Cheoy Lee Offshore 27

Here is what you should look for on this boat, Massively rotted decks and house, If I am correct they all have a wood doghouse and teak decks, ie 4000 un sealed holes in deck. at that age de bonding bulk heads can also be an issue as can osmosis and hydrolysis. More than likely the wiring, engine, tranny and all systems are half a century old. would I buy a boat like this? YES would I plan on a complete and costly refit? yes. Just because the rudder is attached to the keel does not necessarily make it a full keel boat. The hull to deck joint on a boat that is glass hull wood deck is very suspect to leaking, and rot. Can you cross oceans in this? sure but are you planning to? I wouldn't say that this boat is any better or safer than a mid 70's Erickson 27 but it could end up costing you 10 times more, on a plus side they are absolutely gorgeous boats and if you love projects like I do It could be a great experience and a super fun bay boat.
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