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Old 09-27-2010
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Cheoy Lee 33

I've been posting a number of threads and the information has been helpful and encouraging in my boat search. Funnily enough, a project boat Cheoy Lee Offshore 31 that was free but too far away (in Florida) started all this. My question to anyone out there: Is a Cheoy Lee Offshore 33 ketch a good, trustworthy and seaworthy offshore vessel? In reading the threads out there I've seen everything from they are known to sink to they are great boats. I think I'm ok with the somewhat pokey speed of these boats with the trade off on sticker price and shoal draft. However, I want a boat I can trust to sail well and comfortably in offshore conditions. Does the Cheoy Lee 33 have good offshore credentials?

Also (should be a different thread, but I'm being lazy), are there concerns about buying a boat that was in fresh water and putting it in the big blue?
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dunno about the 33, but id much rather take a boat from fresh to salt rather than vise versa given the corossive nature of the salt enviornment...
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I agree from fresh water to salt is not a problem. Zincs are different though - zinc in salt and aluminum or magnesium in fresh or brackish water.
The Cheoy Lee 33 is a pretty example of an old shoe and should have no problem offshore if well equipped and in good shape. Lots of wood to keep you busy too.
Here's a link to the Cheoy Lee site. Offshore 33 - Cheoy Lee
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