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Shipyard Gears Up for New Models and Yard Expansion

Nov 19, 2010

During these trying times Cheoy Lee has been most fortunate not having sales decline over the past few years. 2010 got off with a great start with selling three new boats in the first quarter. Two of them being new builds—an 86ft Bravo, a 103ft Cockpit Bravo MY, and the third, an in-stock 78ft Bravo.

The yard is one of the few in the world that can claim they are at capacity. The commercial side is busy building tugs for the Panama Canal and ships for various mining companies worldwide, while the yacht division is at full throttle completing the second Marco Polo (Hull 5,000) as well as another six new builds in addition to a pair of long-range yachts for Australia. We have also designed five new models in the last year and a half which the yard hopes to have in production within the next sixteen months.

Cheoy Lee is also on the move with two new spec builds featuring new designs, a fresh new turn for the 140-year-old builder, each involving the latest in propulsion and operating technology. True to Cheoy Lee construction standards these projects will be produced from some of the highest quality tooling the world has ever seen.

The expansion in part includes the hiring of top tooling personnel from the U.S. and an additional CNC five headed axis router that will compliment the two that are already kept busy around the clock.

To facilitate the addition in production, the yard has created additional building space capable of the type of production necessary for the technology that will be incorporated in these latest designs. In addition to the high level of expertise already in place at the yard, the push to increase tooling capacity will not only be used to create these new designs but will be used to refresh and improve products already in the market place.

One of the new designs the yard is ramping up for is a closely guarded secret, and will be unvailed at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The second is an all newly designed 68ft Bravo Series. She boasts a 20ft beam, lending excellent interior volume while increasing stability. The salon offers the best in ergonomics and entertainment and offers a nicely appointed open eat-in galley area featuring a comfortable wrap-around dining table and eat-in bar. The main deck also offers a lower control station with a dayhead. The 68ft Bravo features a well laid out open bridge with a well-proportioned helm console capable of fitting all the toys.

Her interior design compliments her Bravo sisters in style and features, and offers three staterooms with a nicely stated contemporary interior. The master is amidships with a lovely appointed his-and-hers head and plenty of ambient light through two hull windows to port and starboard. The queen-sized VIP is located forward and offers an en suite head. For additional guests or children there is a spacious twin mid cabin with en-suite head.

Her engineering will incorporate many new and exciting features including the latest in propulsion adding increased efficiency and ease of maneuvering which lowers crew dependency. Like her sisters, the 68ft Bravo will be constructed entirely of composite materials utilizing resin infusion and built to the structural design of High Modulus.

Cheoy Lee is dedicated to using the very best quality components and materials with a constant drive to research, achieve, and maintain the highest technological standards of construction with each and every vessel built. This approach has earned the yard the coveted ISO 9000:2001 certificate of manufacturing, and clearly Cheoy Lee Shipyards intends on keeping it.


Cheoy Lee North America
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel: (954) 527-0999