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We love ours.
We bought a '74 Cheoy Lee Clipper 42 in 2006, and have no regrets at all. But, ours had been extensively re-fit in the late 90s, including new teak decks, aluminum masts and outboard chainplates, new engine and electronics. We could not have afforded to do that work ourselves, and it was all required.
CL's earned their nickname, "Cheoy Leaky." The boats from the early 70s on are fiberglass, with teak deck laid over. The original deck screws often punctured the glass skin and let water enter the core. Any original spruce spars are either high maintenance or too far gone and need replacing. Chainplates are another common problem of failure due to poor materials and enclosure within the furniture which prevents their inspection. That said, ours is absolutely beautiful, and tough as nails.
Bill Luder was known for traditional boats. Bob Perry is also a renowned designer with a diverse portfolio, as is Pedrick. Robb and Rhodes drew boats for Cheoy Lee, too. They never worried about consistency between the designs they commissioned, and as a result there is an enormous variety among their boats. They were pioneers in fiberglass construction, building on a hundred years of boat building, and are still around today. Their sailboats are also 30 – 40 years old by now, and most need work.
My advice? Get some more experience and start on building your own criteria, then shop extensively, and if you find a prospect, get a brutal surveyor to guard your interests. Remember, as you're reading about all the criteria others feel important, that sailing is about joy as much as adventure or competition, and if you don't like the picture you see when you paint yourself into some boats cockpit, you haven't found the boat for you. ( I stole that from Perry.)
Just One Sailors Opinion.
1974 CL Clipper 42 Schooner "Lydia Green"