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Cheoy Lee ballast/displacement ratio

Cheoy Lee has not had the best track record for ballasting their boats. In the mid-1960''s we looked at a new Cheoy Lee Frisco Flyer that seemed to be floating high of her lines. In discussions with the factory Cheoy Lee, the Dealer was told that there tended to be rather large variations in ballasting as Cheoy Lee was ballasting with iron boiler punchings and concrete. The Flyer was a variant of the Folkboat using the same hull lines but ended up being roghly 800-1000 lbs heavier with considerably less ballast than the Folkboats.

The Clipper and the Offshore 33 were somewhat different designs both credited as being from the boards of Bill Luders design. They were intended to have a traditional character and to be comparatively shoal draft. The Clipper had a clipper bow and a very traditional and nostalgic feel while the Offshore was a simplier and more down to earth in character.

I have very little experience with the Clipper but the Offshore 33 was notably tender. One capsized flooded in a downdraft off of Back Creek in Annapolis Harbor in the 1980''s drowning the wife of the owner. Not many cruising boats capsize on the Chesapeake so this was a big deal at the time.

One of the things that has come out of the decades of study after the Fastnet Disaster is that many shoal draft heavy displacement cruising boats have a comparatively low ballast ratio and tend to have comparatively high vertical centers of gravity. This is especially true of oriental boats which tend to have heavy spars and deck structures and use low density ballast. These are less than ideal offshore boats.

That said, people take all kinds of boats offshore and make it back again.

Respectfully,
Jeff
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