May 30, 2008
BY DUDLEY DAWSON
This beautiful 78-foot motoryacht sports the Bravo brand on her wingboards, but there’s no mistaking she’s a Cheoy Lee at heart, benefiting from that builder’s long history of supplying the marine market with quality products focused on the American buyer. In design, construction, finish and outfitting, the Bravo 78, part of a seven-model series of sport yachts from 65 feet to 95 feet, is a winner that is wholly appropriate to our way of boating.
The design–naval architecture by Mike Burvenich, with a Sylvia Bolton interior–pays homage to two earlier Florida designers, both of whom worked with Cheoy Lee over the years. The S-curve of the bow and the fine hull sections forward are reminiscent of yachts designed for the builder in the 1990s by Tom Fexas. The sweep of the sheer and chine, and the extended quarter-fender, can be found in Cheoy Lees designed by Jack Hargrave in the 1970s and ‘80s. Burvenich has done a masterful job of combining these elements, along with adding his own, into a yacht that respects heritage while breaking new ground in styling and performance. It is a yacht that will look as good in 20 years as it does now.
The boat’s cored construction is cutting edge, utilizing multi-axial E-glass reinforcement. The hull, deck and superstructure are built using resin-infusion to increase the strength-to-weight ratio, reducing both excess resin and the number and size of voids in the laminate. Cheoy Lee builds to classification society standards, and class certifications are available as options. The Bravo 78 incorporates integral fuel, water and holding tanks, a feature that increases the capacity of the tanks and lowers the center of gravity. It’s an element that’s easy to design, but more difficult to execute properly. Cheoy Lee has embraced the concept from the beginning.