Cheoy Lee Introduces the New Serenity Series 68...
Jan 24, 2008
Cheoy Lee developed a strong reputation in the 1970s and '80s for building rugged and seaworthy long-range trawler yachts. This traditional style of yacht is still highly popular today in certain sectors of the market – and increasingly so, due to rising fuel costs.
With the new Serenity Series 68 (other models in the series are to follow), Cheoy Lee started with the concept of an economical, efficient and seaworthy hull, then broke away from the traditional “Trawler” or “Expedition Yacht” styling. This fresh new look was developed by David Bentley Industrial Design Australia.
Like all Cheoy Lee motor yachts, the Serenity Series 68 is built on an exceptionally strong cored, resin-infused hull. The decks and superstructure, built in components, are also resin-infused in order to reduce weight while increasing speed and fuel efficiency. High Modulus in New Zealand engineered the structural design to Germanischer Lloyd class standards, with interior design by Sylvia Bolton in Seattle. It was a truly global team effort for a yacht equipped to cruise the globe.
Twin Caterpillar C7 engines de-rated to 315 hp provide a range of 1,800 nautical miles at 10 knots and well over 2,000 nautical miles at 8 knots, on 2,640 gallons of fuel.
Demonstrating the flexibility of the Serenity Series 68's design, two layout options will be offered. The standard plan has three full-beam staterooms, along with a crew cabin, all with en suite head. An optional four-stateroom layout plus crew cabin is also available.
Principal dimensions of the new Serenity Series 68 are LOA: 67'5", beam: 18' and draft: 5'3". The first 68 will be completed in June 2008.
Cheoy Lee Shipyards, established in 1870, has built over 5,000 yachts. The Serenity Series 68 complements its extensive line of motor yachts ranging from 65 feet to over 200 feet. The yard also specializes in building commercial vessels designed to meet each customer’ individual needs and requirements, up to 220 feet. Whether constructed from steel, fiberglass, aluminum or a combination of materials, each vessel is built on a proven hull providing excellent seakeeping ability and the desired speeds.