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Old 28-09-2010, 13:42   #1
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Cheoy Lee Clipper 42 - Offshore Passages - Feedback Anyone ?

I am doing a little work on a 1977 Cheoy Lee Clipper to get her ready for a Virginia to Bermuda trip. then a Bermuda to BVI trip, then some extended cruising. I would love to hear from other Clipper owners who have done some passagemaking and their opinons, and their thoughts on the Clippers offshore abillities.
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Old 18-04-2011, 11:00   #2
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Re: Cheoy Lee Clipper 42 - Offshore Passages - Feedback Anyone ?

I have not made a blue water transit, but when I took delivery of my Clipper 42, I sailed it from Oceanside, CA to San Diego, CA in a 10' swell with a 4-5 wind wave, so occasionally we went over 15' waves. Because of the course, we were taking seas on the quarter for most of the trip, so it was a fairly quiet crew. I had taken the engine out for a complete overhaul so we did this without power other than what was in the batteries when we left. The winds were 15-20 with the occasional gust to 30 or a little more. Now that I've set the scene, let me tell you how she did.....we did not ship any water into the cockpit and only took spray twice. This was on a broad reach with four sails flying. Now before anyone jumps me about safety, my tow membership was up to date, we had all the appropriate gear on board and had a SPOT with us that I borrowed from a friend. It was also the end of the month and they had already leased out the space, so I had to get her moved. It took about 10 hours from dock to dock and the conditions were just right for us to sail up to the courtesy dock in San Diego. In that regard we were lucky, but I did have a friend with a powerboat standing by to assist. I am currently working on outfitting my boat so that when I retire, I can sail the world in it. I've set a date and a goal. I have NO qualms about going out in blue water in this boat. One other note...original sails, original spars. Well made boat. please keep in touch, I'm very interested to know how it goes for you. Regards, Jason
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Old 18-04-2011, 11:27   #3
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Re: Cheoy Lee Clipper 42 - Offshore Passages - Feedback Anyone ?

Thanks for the info.
After pulling all the paperwork off Marisol II we know she did the Bahamas quite often, in fact just came back from sailing the outer islands and had a chance to talk to a couple of locals that remember her berthed there. She is now back on the hard for her hull paint, new cutlass bearings etc. Then I have to get the electrics in order. Unfortunatly our time line for our Bermuda BVI loop has been put back severly so I will have plenty of time to get her ready and take her on some serious shake out sails before that trip.
The main reason I asked the question is that she has all the lines of an absolutly excellent offshore cruiser yet I have heard few stories of their offshore travels.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:16   #4
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Re: Cheoy Lee Clipper 42 - Offshore Passages - Feedback Anyone ?

Chris Clipper
I believe you are speaking of my father's boat. He passed away in 2008 and his beloved Marisol II was sold. I am happy she is still loved and used.
I am not a sailor, but spent many hours on the Chesapeake and days in the Bahamas on her.
He sailed her back and forth from the Chesapeake to the warm south for over 25 years, many of them on the waterway. He often left her at Man O' War key for the winter.
I believe she went to Cancun and maybe to Dominican Republic.
I was aboard in the Virgin Islands once, I believe between St John's and St Thomas. There was some heavy weather - everyone but the captain was seasick. It was exciting exhilarating. She is a very dry boat.
I know my father did the Bermuda Race once in Marisol I, a Clipper 36. On the way back there was a terrific surprise storm and we didn't hear from him for several days. It was July 1975. When we heard from him, he said several boats were lost. He was at the wheel all through the storm and had tied all the line on board to tow behind. He said the troughs were as high as the mast.
But the boat came through without a problem. I believe he wrote an article about it for Yachting.
The he subsequently ordered Marisol II - i believe with some special hull design by a famous hull designer. He wanted more space and a better kitchen.
I know he and his buddy, in a similar boat, did some offshore solo trips together where they took turns being on watch.
He was a fine sailor and an excellent navigator. And up until the end could slip that boat right into the tightest dock spaces without a problem. He really loved Marisol and his sailing and always did the highest quality upgrades and repairs.
I hope she brings you the same satisfaction and happy sailing.
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Old 16-07-2012, 07:12   #5
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Re: Cheoy Lee Clipper 42 - Offshore Passages - Feedback Anyone ?

Sid,
Great to hear from you!!! Yes she was the Marisol II and still has the Cheoy Lee plaque with your fatherís name on the bulk head, with your permission we would like to keep it there. We sailed her up to Solomon Island to keep working on her this summer and spent a couple of days in 30 plus with gusts over 40 knots close hauled on the Chesapeake which she handled well with virtually no spray onto the deck even with the notorious short chop.
We can tell by people we have talked to, here and in the Abacoís, that she was well looked after. Unfortunately last few years were not kind to her but we are slowly working on fixing her up piece by piece with the hopes that we can get her fully back to her former glory.
If you are ever in area when we are there we would be very happy for you to see her and maybe tell us a few stories about her trips and your father Ė over a cold beer on a warm deck.

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Re: Cheoy Lee Clipper 42 - Offshore Passages - Feedback Anyone ?

Years ago,our first real boat was a 1969, 36 Clipper. Study vessel that had some quirks. Very soft metal used in critical areas. Rudder shaft snapped, creating some excitment as we were transiting under a bascule bridge. Teak decks were difficult.
In certain seas, she would hobby horse, which was correctable by falling off, unless you were trying to make a destination.
She was built like a tank in most regards.
Enjoy her!
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Old 17-07-2012, 01:33   #7
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When I lived on Mt Desert island off the coast of Maine I met a new friend.Jean Claude ..I don't remember his last name as this was 2003 and i am getting older now.
He has a Cheoy lee "passage" that he has single handed over from france,,,a retired dentist.. had to leave her here, hired a mate to watch her at the dock over the winter ...he almost lost her as the chap didn't do quite what was expected of him.
Anyway ,the C.L passage 42 went over to france and again over and back ..all single handed ..WE sat in her cabin with a bottle of simgle malt and he speaking french with a wee bit of english amd me speaking english with 3 years of high school french.. we managed to finish off the bottle , he and his wife and me and my wife,, I managed to buy the bolts for his self sterring from a local after buying the bolts and showing them to him and him saying "no too petitie.." I would go back to the chandleery and come back and he said 'Oui but more long "
Eventually we got him all set and he headed back too france happy ,new friends and i look forward to meeting him in St Martin next year !
does it get much better ?
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Glad to hear Marisol II is loved and still sailing. She is really a beautiful boat.
Of course you may keep the plaque with my dad's name on it.
Did you search for the Yachting article he wrote about the hurricane?
Let me know if you need any more info on her - hull designer, dates things were changed (metal mast, engine stuff) I have a contact that may be able to help. The people at Solomon's probably also remember a lot about her history.
Happy sailing.
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Old 31-08-2012, 07:40   #9
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We will be back back onboard in a couple of weeks to do more repair work on her in hope of having her ready to sail the Islands this winter. I will definatly stop by Zannisters and ask around about her. I didn't see the article he wrote but if you have a link or a copy I certainly would be interested.
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This pic was from a couple of months ago when we moved her up the Chesapeake.
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