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11-03-2012 07:45 AM
Re: Where do the Cheoy Lee Folks Hangout?

I've no experience with lacquering or varnishing the masts, not yet any how since mine are pretty well lacquered. May be in a few years. I'm tracing one small leak above the left settee at the moment but it's not too bad but still bothers me.

Beautiful place, Vancouver Island, I used to date a girl from Nanaimo.
10-31-2012 03:42 PM
Ian Mickleborough
Re: Where do the Cheoy Lee Folks Hangout?

One of things I was warned about was the "leaky teaking" label. I live on vancouver island in British Columbia, it rains here a lot, and she's dryer inside than my old US25. I contribute the dryness to the previous owners keeping up the maintenance.
Like you say, I'm in love and its a pride in ownership thing!
I know what your saying about the weight and length, with the bowsprit she's 36'. Coming in at a healthy 10500lbs its a far cry from docking m old boat.
The electronics are up too date. There is a perkins m30 that runs great. My priority is to get the masts lacquered when the weather gets better. Have you any experience with this?
10-31-2012 11:32 AM
Re: Where do the Cheoy Lee Folks Hangout?

I have some work to do on mine as well but I must first rewire the whole boat. Previous owner said that he didn't do it but the wiring on my boat was atrocious and unsafe. I've since ripped them all out, feet and feet of solid copper wires, some were even exposed. Well, I wanted to update all of the electrical and electronics anyway. I want her to be a nice old boat with modern updated equipment.

I was also warned about the Cheoy Lees but I've already fallen in love so there was no swaying me. I love the fact she has lots of wood. The previous owner has also recently removed the teak deck since he said that they were leaking. One day, I'd like to replace all that with the'Teak Decking Systems', real teak but glued on.

Know exactly what you mean, 'Catalina crowd'. They just look like all other sailboats that are out there, lost in the sea of white plastics. With CL, I can just look at all the masts and the one with two vanished wooden ones is mine

I don't race so I'm very with her performance. I single-hand the boat and the hardest thing I've encounter so far is docking. Lots of mass and inertia for a 33 foot boat, but so far so good. I think I'm in it for a long haul.
10-30-2012 03:10 PM
Ian Mickleborough
Re: Where do the Cheoy Lee Folks Hangout?

I know what your saying , you really have to dig. The offshore is built like a tank, I absolutely love it. I picked her up last Saturday and took it right out into 20 knots, couldn't get enough.
I wish I could find the origanel manual. I tried Cheoy Lee, but haven't heard anything yet.
Like you, I have to do some sanding and refinishing, mostly interior though. The previous owner took some pride in the teak deck. No leaks!
Everyone was warning me not to go with a vessel that had so much wood, but I just didn't want to join the Catalina crowd. They're like a belly button, everyone has one.
May change my tune in a few years, but I can't see that happening.
10-30-2012 01:45 PM
Re: Where do the Cheoy Lee Folks Hangout?

Originally Posted by Ian Mickleborough View Post
Just bought a Cheoy Lee Offshore 33. Anyone have any thoughts to share on these boats? There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information about them.
I've also recently bought a CL Clipper 33. I think they are very unique and definitely a head turner at any marina. Don't know about the Offshore 33 but mine is built like a brick sh*t house.

I think there is info on them out there but they are all scattered throughout the cyberspace. I think I've seen all there is to see about CL on the web (at least for the Clipper 33). I've gone as far as page 10 on the Goolgle search, lol.

I've also looked at the CL association page, a great effort but very very dated and difficult to navigate, especially the forum, and unfortunately, a lot of their links are no longer valid. I've also ran into a few blogs out there on the web and they do provide some info, here and there. There's also a "Cheoy Lee Sailboat Owners" group on Facebook as well.

The info is out there but you do have to spend a lot of time searching. I think that there might be more info on the Offshore 33 since I think there are more of them out there than the Clipper 33.

Love my boat, she's not pristine nor problem free but she has everything that I want in a boat. I hope you will enjoy yours.
10-30-2012 10:30 AM
Ian Mickleborough
Re: Where do the Cheoy Lee Folks Hangout?

Just bought a Cheoy Lee Offshore 33. Anyone have any thoughts to share on these boats? There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of information about them.
10-29-2012 10:44 AM
Cheoy Lee Riviera
Re: Where do the Cheoy Lee Folks Hangout?

Just letting you know some good resources for Cheoy Lee folks!

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We're also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CheoyLeeRiviera).

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10-16-2012 09:33 AM
Re: Where do the Cheoy Lee Folks Hangout?

Just picked up a 1975 CL 33 Clipper Ketch. She's in SF Bay (Martinez) for the time being. Will eventually trailer her to Michigan, perhaps next spring. She's beautiful.
08-21-2012 02:57 PM
Where do the Cheoy Lee Folks Hangout?

1971 Cheoy Lee Clipper 42 in Norfolk, VA. Windsong!
02-20-2012 05:57 PM
Baby Cheoy Lee Sailboat

Cheoy Lee 26 offshore. "Amatores". Warrenton, Oregon
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