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Old 22-03-2020, 05:25   #1
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1982 Cheoy Lee 44' total refit

1982 CHEO LEE 44' Stay Sail Cutter
Robert Perry design
Complete refit.

Boat was purchased in 2010 by current owner, a retired marine industry professional with extensive experience in custom yacht construction and refit. After an exhaustive search for the perfect cruising boat in the mid 40’ range capable of being handled by a single person the conclusion was reached that it would be necessary to spend in the vicinity of $500,000 U.S. to purchase a used vessel in order to meet the requirements. It was then determined to purchase the best available hull and deck and do a complete refit/rebuild in order to create a vessel that would meet the requirements. The Robert Perry designed Cheoy Lee met the standard for solid build quality, and classic looks along with a well found hull shape and excellent sailing characteristics . The boat originally had no equipment other than a battery charger, vhf radio, and manual flush toilets. All other systems were original to 1982. The parameters for the total refit were to use the best available materials, and equipment regardless of cost. No timeline or budget was established, therefore no restrictions as to expense. All interior construction work was performed by the owner and a mega-yacht refit specialist to very high standards. The results of this project are a perfect live aboard, world cruising capable sailing yacht with a classic look and modern reliable systems at a fraction of the cost of a new vessel. The amount of time that went into this project cannot be quantified, and luckily it was a labour of love as the
total cost of the project will never be recovered at a reasonable sale price.
Now equipped as the perfect world cruising boat for a couple with occasional guests, she represents an excellent opportunity to purchase a vessel that is ready to go now without the need for updating or extensive work to bring it current with endless hours of improvements. One look at the long list of current equipment, electronics, sails and rigging and a potential buyer in the market for a vessel in this size range will instantly recognize the incredible value of this modernized classic.

2012 Entire boat painted from waterline to house. Hull 8 coats of Awlgrip Royal Blue with Clearcoat finish. House, Mast and boom repainted with 8 coats Awlgrip Matterhorn White.

2014 Addition of Northern Lights 8KW generator with sound shield. At 1,700 hours unit removed, painted, heat exchanger acid washed, and all new peripherals installed. Including alternator, fuel pump, water pump, oil pump, new hoses and wiring. New Vetus NPL Waterlock Muffler, hoses, Vetus Gooseneck, and new thru-hull fitting. New Northern Lights SC3 remote control panel.
Construction of custom generator enclosure with Soundown barrier acoustic insulation.

Installation of Delta-T Systems 250cfm continuous duty blower and 4” ducting to external outlet on transom. Addition of 4” fresh air ducting from cockpit to generator enclosure.

Installation of two cowl ventillators on transom deck.

2017 new Lewmar windlass with remote in cockpit and chain counter. High polished stainless steel anchor chain 80’, high polished stainless steel Rocna anchor. Additional anchor line and spare anchor.

Installation of Edson Dingy Davits with optional mounting shoes. Custom 1/2” aluminum backing plate fiberglassed to underside of aft-deck.

Construction of custom stainless steel pole for radar and satellite TV dome. Installation through deck to heavy duty custom aluminum/stainless socket which is fiber glassed to transom. Includes removable engine hoist, gps antenna mounting arm.

Scanstrut self leveling radar mount installed on pole.

New high gloss teak engine guage panel with all new Teleflex heavy duty gauges for tachometer, water temp, oil pressure, voltage, and engine hours.
New Teleflex side mount throttle and shift control with custom high gloss teak mounting plate and knob.

New Teleflex throttle and shift cables to main engine.

New Ikibro marine wood and stainless steel steering wheel.

Fuel tank drained and cleaned.

2016 installation of new batteries. 3 x 8D Lifeline deep cycle marine AGM @ 255 amp/hour each, for total of 765 amp hours. 2 x series 27 Deka Marine lead acid starting batteries for main engine and generator. All new cables run for batteries to engine, generator, charger and electrical panel.

Entire boat rewired with top quality Ancor Marine wire. Replacement and installation of every wire throughout entire boat.

Dual 30 amp shore power inlets, single cable TV/ telephone inlet. 2 x 30 amp power cords, 1 x marine TV cord.

All 110 volt outlets replaced with new GFCI outlets.

Blueseas Systems P12 series 40 amp battery charger with remote display. Feb, 2020

Custom electrical panel box with internal lighting. Custom box beneath electrical panel for Generator and aft A/C raw water strainers and racor filters Gen and main engine.

Custom Blueseas Systems electrical panels. Main panel. 14x 15 amp A/C 110 volt breakers, 20 x 15 amp 12 volt DC. 1 x 30 amp A/C main breaker, 2 x 3 position A/C selector switches, VSM digital system monitor with ultrasonic tank senders for water and fuel. BSS automatic charging relay. Sterling Power Products Pro Split R 3 way alternator distribution unit.

Electromaxx high output 85 amp marine alternator with external regulator.

Second Blueseas Systems 110 volt distribution panel with analog meters for voltage and amperage. 30 amp main breaker and 15 amp breakers.

Blueseas Systems remote panel for dual mini 3 way battery switches (house and generator), with 12 volt 100 amp main breaker and 8 x 15 amp individual breakers. 3rd mini battery switch for main engine in electrical box.
Blueseas Systems 12 distribution panel mounted at chart table. Digital display with 3 way battery switch to monitor all battery banks, includes 5 x 15 amp breakers for electronics at chart table.

Nav light panel with switches and indicator lights.

SeaTel controller for sat TV.

Blueseas Systems weather proof panel in cockpit with 4 x 15 amp breakers.

Custom built enclosure for new LG washer / dryer and four drawer (13” x 22”) pantry with lower compartment for air-conditioning unit.

Custom built high gloss teak stairs to replace factory ladder.

Custom built drawer beneath oven for pot and pan storage.

Custom built sliding drawer in cupboard for Edgestar self-contained icemaker.

Custom made sliding drawer for Cannon printer/scanner.

Custom hatch in master stateroom, for access to generator end and water pump.

Marine airconditioning. NEW 2018. 1 x Frigomar 16,000 BTU units.SELF CONTAINED UNITS *VARIABLE CAPACITY INVERTER TECHNOLOGY.Variable frequency driven brushless DC compressor, Remote plenum mounted under chart table for distribution of air for aft unit, forward unit under v-berth. 2018 installed all new Thermaflex 4” insulated R8 ducting throughout.

Dometic “Breathe Easy” in duct UV air purifier 110v.

All port lights replaced with stainless steel New Found Metals portlights.

All ventilation hatches rebuilt. Solid teak frames, 3/8” Makrolon polycarbonate tinted lenses installed without screws or fasteners,VViViD One-Way Perforated Black Vinyl Privacy Window Film on lenses.

2018 New Sintra 3mm hard PVC sheet headliner with teak battens. All new NauticLED lighting throughout with individual multi stage dimming.

Galley refit. New Corian counter tops, custom stainless steel back splash, cabinet for recessed microwave with built-in spice storage. Refrigeration box with stainless steel liner and drain, separate freezer box with stainless steel liner and drain. 1 x Dometic 12 volt/ 110 volt marine refrigeration unit w/ air cooled Danfoss BD 50 compressor, 1 x Frigaboat 12 volt / 110 volt marine refrigeration unit w/ air cooled Danfoss BD 50 compressor. Second Dometic CB 40 1.4 cubic ft refrigerator / freezer box under salon seating. Under counter stainless steel sink, custom faucet, drinking water faucet with dual 5 micron filtration unit under sink. Siemens glass 4 burner gas stove top, Techimpex marine oven. Custom tilt out stainless steel under counter trash receptacle. Above counter teak shelf for toaster and storage. Teak glass storage rack.

Forward head remodeled. Corian flooring and counters. Above counter sink with custom faucet, new headliner with led lighting. Jabsco electric flush toilet, plumbed to fresh water system. New macerator pump 2018.

Aft head converted to shower stall. Corian flooring and half walls. Corian bench. Corian cabinet with counter containing spectra 150 gpd watermaker. Custom adjustable showerhead and faucet.

Sump pumps fore and aft for overboard discharge of all grey waste water, and A/C drain pan discharge.

Removal of all existing copper plumbing, entire boat re-plumbed with Whale color coded semi rigid pipe and quick connect fittings.

Teak and holly flooring throughout entire boat removed refinished and coated with six coats of high gloss urethane.

High output Marco UP/3E 4.0 GPM • "Smart" Variable Speed Gear Pump, water pump.

Fiberglass water tanks port and starboard under seating. 225 gallons total.
Fiberglass fuel tank under cockpit sole. 90 gallons total. 2018 tank drained and pressure cleaned.

2020 new North Sails 135% Genoa sail.

Newer North Sails main sail.

2020 all canvas replaced. New Bimini, dodger, main sail cover. Sunbrella fabrics.

Needed to complete refit.
Chart plotter
Radar
Autopilot
New transmission
Salon dining table refurbish.
Master stateroom mattress.

Asking $109,000 located in St Maarten DWI
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Old 22-03-2020, 06:41   #2
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Re: 1982 Cheoy Lee 44' total refit

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Old 22-03-2020, 10:21   #3
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Old 26-03-2020, 07:18   #4
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Not interested in trades, just want to sell the boat. I bought a 61' Hatteras in July and am working on that as well. Very nice boat for the price. If I can get the rest of the work done I will definitely be raising the price to reflect.
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Old 22-07-2020, 15:30   #6
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Additional pictures.
Still working on boat in yard to finish final items..
Good time to make an offer and do the work yourself and save money.
Looking for offers so I can focus on new boat.
Located in St Maarten ready for Caribbean cruising.
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Old 22-07-2020, 15:39   #7
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More pictures.
Take a close look at the detail, workmanship and components used.
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I'll keep watching with great interest as I'm currently in the market... Keep up posted and keep them photos coming!!!
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Custom built space for LG washer/dryer, pantry storage, and underneath is the 16,000 BTU Frigomar A/C unit..

The boat has been made extremely practical for long distance cruising by the addition of this type of redesign of existing spaces. The work performed took 100's of man hours for each project.
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When I decided to install a Radome/Antenna pole for the Satellite TV dome, radar, and GPS Antenna I looked at all the available pre-made options and decided to build something custom and more robust than what was available.
I used high polish stainless steel stock for the pole with twice the wall thickness of what was suggested by the machine shop. We then took a huge 1/2" aluminium plate and built a receiver socket, the outside diameter of the pole and welded it all together and fibreglassed it to the transom with a reinforced hole in the deck for the pole to pass through. It worked out great, the pole is probably strong enough to pick up the boat with, and zero flex of movement regardless of how rough the sea state. Only problem is it cost about $8,000 to get it done right.
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nice work!!! keep sharing as looking forward to more details and photos as they happen!! cheers!!
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When I bought the boat it did not have a generator, and since I added so much
125 volt equipment it became necessary. I relocated the batteries from the base of the companionway stairs, ripped out the pilot berth, aft storage locker, and ladder.
We built a platform under the new removable stairs and glassed it into the hull. Next was the manufacture of aluminium I beams which are 1/2" thick by the entire width of the platform. We glassed these in and tapped them for the bolts that hold the generator to the base. Then constructed an enclosure around the generator and sound box. A bit of a squeeze, but now it is possible to run any or all the 125 volt equipment at the same time if required when at anchor. 8KW was a bit large but better to have too much power than not enough. Northern Lights is the best of the mass produced diesel generators out there and with under 2,000 hours on mine it has a long way to go before it will need any major attention.
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Engine ? Make, model, hours, condition?

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Engine is an Isuzu, 60hp, 2,300 hours. Runs perfectly. Never had any issues with it. Regular fluid changes for both engine and transmission. New starter and water pump, and zincs 10 hours ago.
Very good, reliable engine that if properly maintained will last 6,000 - 8,000 hrs.
I added a continuous duty blower from Delta T Systems to the engine compartment to remove the heat build up which is the main cause of engine failure.
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