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Classically Cheoy Lee

Oct 30, 2013

In the 1960’s and 70’s, Cheoy Lee built thousands of yachts, the majority of which were for export to the USA. The Cheoy Lee Owners Association is now an active forum for owners of our yachts, particularly those from this flower power generation. The Owners Association is run by James McGarvey, and you can link to the site above.

The pictured Cheoy Lee Bermuda 30 named Typhoon belongs to a new association member in Massachusetts. An experienced sailor, he is also captain of the 100-year old iron Dutch schooner named Tabor Boy, a training ship for the Tabor Academy.

Lovingly restored, this Bermuda 30’s is one of many, built in the mid-1960’s. It was at this time that Cheoy Lee was making the transition from wood into fibreglass construction, operating from the large Lantau island shipyard facility in Hong Kong. Around 130 Bermuda 30’s were built, and while several were constructed in teak with ¾” hull planking and steam bent frames, the majority were moulded in fibreglass to Lloyds approved construction plans.

Such was Cheoy Lee’s self-sufficiency in those days, almost all equipment on-board, from the sail winches down to the propeller were made in house. The Bermuda 30 first went on sale in the USA in 1964, and her popularity was based on an unbeatable formula of high quality at an affordable price.