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SeaSpray Australia, A Marine Icon since 1945

Aug 27, 2007

--- This is a reprint of an article written by Ian Grant that appeared in the August/September 2007 issue of SeaSpray Magazine.

Cheoy Lee Shipyards, initially founded at Po Tung Point in Shanghai in 1870, have the proud distinction of building a traditional history in the boat building industry; a history which has now entered an exciting new era in the present and more modern millennium.

The same dedication associated to the original Cheoy Lee vessel so long ago remains the benchmark in the modern era, with a very impressive list of commercial and recreational vessels rolling off the stocks at the new complex in China. However, history aside, the present fourth generation management team has not rested on their laurels. There is a proven commitment to build vessels that possess the trusted pedigree, and to carry their international recognition into various waterways around the world for years to come.

One of their most recent vessels, Hull Number 4926, a twin-engine Daydream 75 C raised pilothouse motoryacht, was custom built to suit the Australian tropical climate. She predictably made an impressive debut in Australia at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on Queensland's Gold Coast in May. Show visitors were impressed with the sleek, wide bodied appearance of a motoryacht that presented a list of luxurious appointments to support the qualification of being a superyacht - high quality craftsmanship blended with quality furnishings and fittings.

The Daydream 75 C is the first of the new generation motoryachts. As expected, the Cheoy Lee expertise was clearly evident. While sleek looks are certainly important, the Daydream 75 C carries her attractive lines further, providing the complete vessel - one that presents lovely lines combined with supreme live aboard comfort and a high degree of sea safety - features that would satisfy the most fastidious luxury big boat owner.

There is evidence of ‘top shelf’ elegant luxury from the moment you step onto the duckboard where the neatly coiled, black braided mooring lines complement the meticulously laid teak deck. Then there are the Maxwell VC 1500 warping capstans, complete with foot switches, fitted to take all the blood, sweat and tears out of mooring the vessel at the dock.

After carefully stowing my well worn CROCS on the dock, review guide Adrian Alle of Cheoy Lee Yachts Australia proudly welcomed this ‘Old Salt’ aboard saying: “Enjoy the experience”. Adrian, a long-term seafarer, was confident that the next few hours would not become wasted space in my notepad. In fact, there was a hint of RSI from noting the collection of user-friendly features before we even left the spacious and expensively appointed entertainment saloon.

Among the notable features was a built-in Cappuccino/Espresso machine. A curved settee upholstered in the finest easy care leather surrounded an electrically controlled table, easily adjusted for coffee, cocktails and fine dining. Then there was the tasteful appeal of Versace and hand-painted Italian Palagi lights, while a Bose lifestyle entertainment system and a pop-up Sharp LCD flat screen television set the mood to 'enjoy the experience'.


Enjoying the experience reached a new level in the pilothouse. The home-style galley, with appointments that would satisfy an internationally qualified chef, was set to starboard, while a high quality dinette located to port offered a cozy atmosphere within the business centre of this luxury vessel. Every appliance, including a side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with ice-maker, dishwasher, microwave, cooktop complete with oven and range hood were stainless steel. The double sink was neatly set into a Black Galaxy granite countertop fitted with a neat stainless retaining rail.

The central helm station and navigation nook had more ‘bells and whistles’ than Central Station in the rush hour - exclusively Raymarine, including the latest Raynav RNS 5000 monitor and keypad, and a full range of ship-to-shore communications featuring the Raystar 240 VHF EU Marine Main station.

A spiral staircase sensibly located in the pilothouse allows all-weather access to the flybridge where there was another relaxing area with a second ice-maker fridge, barbeque and a full electronic console plus two very comfortable Crown Mariner helm seats. A HCD 1500 davit, neatly located on the starboard stern quarter of the ‘flight deck’ easily lifts and stows the tender.

The roomy three-cabin layout revealed a high standard of supreme comfort. The master VIP stateroom, complete with a queen size island bed and spa-bath highlighting a touch of Versace provided another level of luxury in the comfort zone, with fully ducted climate control air-conditioning. The jacuzzi and the spacious shower booths have continuous hot water supplied at a flow rate of 130 l/h via the Village Marine SPW 800 desalinator and the 1,890 litre storage tank.


Each of the three cabins were more than comfortable with ample storage space, plus a television, intercom, reading lamps, lights in the wardrobes and soft carpet on the cabin sole. The onboard laundry included a separate family-size washer and dryer was soundproofed, highlighting the extensive thought process involved in developing a very user-friendly live aboard lifestyle. The extensive features list of the Daydream 75 easily allowed the living, entertainment and off-watch accommodation to qualify as a supremely comfortable aquatic penthouse.

Safe and comfortable family cruising in a very modern and reliable vessel has placed the Cheoy Lee Daydream 75 Series-C as a leader in her class. These attributes extend into the soundproof open plan engine room housing the twin turbocharged Caterpillar C18 (1,000bhp) diesel engines. Design and accessibility here would please the most highly qualified ship’s engineer. A great work space with excellent line of sight to all of the important instrument panels and monitoring systems. Personally I have no engineering qualifications, but the layout was impressive in every respect – from the neat plumbing to the maze of electrical cables servicing power provided by the Onan generators. The muffling of engine room noise was paramount, with the deck head lined with Mylar-faced lead foam insulation, covered with gloss white perforated aluminium sheeting. The generators were housed in individual sound guards. The complex engine exhaust system extended through fibreglass mufflers before further restricting engine noise via an underwater release, all of which contributed to a very acceptable 75-decibel reading in the pilothouse as the vessel cruised at 19.9 knots.

During her extensive sea trials, carried out in moderate seas with 11 passengers, the Daydream 75 showed her pedigree, performing beyond all expectations to log a GPSmeasured 13.9 knots with the quiet Cats ticking over at 1,700 rpm. She attained a top speed of 23.5 knots. Her most economical fuel consumption was 83.3 litres per hour with a hull speed of 10.3 knots, a performance achieved with the combined weight of 4,530 litres of fuel and 2,000 litres of water on board.

As promised, the review was an enjoyable experience. Perfection, in even the smallest details, was evident throughout and presented a clearer understanding of how and why the famed Cheoy Lee name has continued to retain recognition among the world’s best.

The only boat problem, I soon discovered, was when the time came to step away from the luxurious surroundings and back into the reality of being a happy and contented marine journalist who can only afford to daydream about even becoming a ‘bilge rat’ on a craft such as this.

I have no doubts this aquatic penthouse will make future owners very proud of their own special Daydream. The 75-C is a very unique, superbly presented vessel proudly built by Cheoy Lee.

Further information is available from Adrian Alle, Cheoy Lee Yachts Australia, Tel: +61(0)409 587 717,
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