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Join Date: Dec 2006
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Re: 1st Time Buyer looking at a Choey Lee 27 MkII
Well nothing will make you think that you will not stay with sailing more than a fixer up boat! Especially if it needs deck work. Something that would be easy to discourage you to not finish! Choy Lee boats are kind of a mixed bag, they had very spotty quality control, and from my search it appears as though almost anything could wind up in the deck core. Balsa, plywood, scraps of teak, small critters, kind of like a box of chocolates. There are good ones out there, but mostly those would be the ones that have been cared for well. Don't get me wrong they can be beautiful boats.
If you really just want to see if it is something you want to do, I think it would be wise to get a production boat that will be easier to maintain. Find a Catalina/Hunter/Oday/Pearson/Venture.... the list could go on and on. Getting a Choy Lee is kind of like getting an old Jaguar for your first car. Yea, they look great, and even perform when they run, but you will be cashing mechanical issues for ever. In the case of the Choy Lee to re do the decks properly (replace teak with teak) will cost many many times what you are paying. Check out the price of teak, it is really expensive. If you just strip the teak and fix core, then cover with fiberglass, again you are talking a few times the purchase price and hundreds of hours working on it, instead of sailing. If you want a project to use your tools and don't really want to sail get the Choy Lee, but if you want to sail, get a decent production boat and go sailing. None of your plans really scream blue water, and you won't be going to crazy for a few years anyway. So get experience and then if you really want a blue water cruiser, think about it for your second boat.