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Power & Motor Yacht

Feb 14, 2013

THE UPPER HELM OF CHEOY LEE'S CATERPILLAR-POWERED ALPHA 76 FLYBRIDGE OFFERS SENIOR EDITOR KEVIN KOENIG A GLIMSE INTO THE FUTURE OF A VENERABLE SHIPBUILDER. 

There were once seven brothers who ran a business of great merit and acclaim that had been in existence for as long as anyone could recall. They had met great success building sturdy ships for the world’s wealthiest and most intrepid men, ships designed to take those men to the ends of the earth. But in time, one of the brothers moved far, far away, to a home in a distant land that was flush against the sea. And there he sat for days on end gazing out at the ocean, watching the boats come and go, come and go, until one day a realization struck him like a thunderbolt. We need to spread our wings. We need to stray from tradition. We need to do more.

Some creation myths are apocryphal, but the Cheoy Lee Alpha 76 Flybridge’s is not. The seven brothers are part of the Lo family, who founded the shipyard in Shanghai 140 years ago. After entering the North American market in the late 1950s, the yard became known for traditional, bluewater sailboats and eventually long-distance trawlers. During the 1980s the yard transitioned into larger, more modern powerboats designed by naval architect Tom Fexas, carving out a respectable niche for the next three decades. Recently, however, one of the brothers, B.Y. Lo, moved to a condo on a Florida inlet, and watched the boats exiting and entering the port day after day. He saw so many performance-oriented express and flying-bridge cruisers that he realized there was an opportunity for Cheoy Lee to spread its wings and expand into that market. Thus, the Alpha Series.

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