Originally Posted by Cheechako
Many early Formosa
& Cheoy Lee
had very poor plywood
as a base for the cabin
, bulkheads etc. Many have rotted badly. I think this improved later on. The hulls were thick and stout. The Ta Chao or CT boats seemed to be better with molded decks and cabins, although some very early ones were pretty poor also. Tayana too.
Ta Shing built boats are very superior to all of those. (Baba and others)
It generally seems to be a particular yard and time period that matters. But, anything in the 70's, especially 60's to late mid 70's is pretty poor from what I've seen.
ct still had fg over wood
decking and coachhouse roofing..transworld and island trader
, coming into being after 1980 had molded decks and coachhouses. we are learning
much about construction and history
with the book my neighbor is creating on these jewels.
as there was so much variation in construction there can be no pat answer to any question regarding htese boats. until 1980 there was no formed/molded coachhouse/decking.
most cheoy lee
were constructed in hong kong
, few in taiwan
all of these were brought to taiwan in form of molds which were used in formosa boat
builders yard first then ta chiao. ct were all ta chiao after 1972. there were 3 brothers. all were formosa boat
builders until 1972, then split occurred. yes fg boats were built in taiwan before 1970. no, formosa and ct didnot survive 1980, however transworld and island trader
started around that time. they all have molded topsides. is a long and convoluted history
with difficulty finding reality from fiction, however my neighbor has managed that.
molds for ct 41 and formosa 41 are significantly different from each other, as seen when both are berthed next to each other, a s mine and a ct 41
are ... which brought about the beginning of the book neighbor is writing about these.
also includes the ta yang yard and history of tayana 37
.... seems an early 1960s foto has a boat with 2 men
on it that looks exactly like a tayana 37
to our histories and all are being uncovered. is most interesting.
after the boat has aged many years it is difficult to prove the quality is poor. in fact, we have found these are built much better than their reputation that precedes em. a history that was based on rumors and untruths is a fake history, which is part of reason why the book is being written. our experience has been contrary to these rumors.