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Old 01-03-2005, 15:29   #1
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Cheoy Lee 33

Does anyone here has any experience/ knowledge (Sail performance – safety – construction details – weaknesses) with a Cheoy Lee 33?
Could she be the right boat for cruising in the med for 2 persons?

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Old 02-03-2005, 10:50   #2
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Here is an artical on the sailnet forum, among others, that may interest you.

In their forum goto the search and type in the words Cheoy Lee.


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Thanks delmarrey. I red the artical, but it΄s pretty much about the general condition of these boat. I think I can handle that.
What I would really like to know is, how do these boats actually sail?
Anyone any exp.?
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Old 09-03-2005, 04:06   #4
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We sailed in general company with a CL33 from Bermuda to the Azores, and then spent time aboard the boat while in Horta. The owner has subsequently summered for two years in the by definition, it is a boat capable of doing what you wish.

However, the boat brings with it a mediocre build quality, it is very tender due to its shallow draft and amalgalm ballast, has a short waterline and simply can't be fast, offers limited interior space and a large, IMO fairly dysfunctional (non-eronomic) cockpit. Most of these are ketches, which is another set of issues for you to consider. The owner/friend I mentioned above singlehands, is relatively new to sailing and without a lot of experience on other boats with to compare his own, and he has accepted his choice altho' he doesn't consider it close to ideal. For a larger crew and especially if you want suitable sailing performance (good in the mix of light and heavy air with obnoxious wave patterns that are common in the Med), this would not seem to be even close to a preferred choice.

Good friends of ours cruised in a CL33 along the Eastern Seaboard of the USA and lived aboard their boat for several years. They still remember needing to have a refrigerator in the cockpit, the limited storage, and ALL that wood they were constantly maintaining. They speak of those years and those experiences fondly...but I don't often hear them glowing about the boat.

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