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Cheoy Lee 30 ketch

Brief details


Cheoy Lee Shipyard, Hong Kong

A very traditional long keel moderate to heavy displacement GRP cruising ketch from Cheoy Lee of Hong Kong. Built in the early years of GRP, she has a completely GRP hull and superstructure, but with extensive decorative teak cladding externally, as well as an interior in teak. These yachts were built both in Cheoy Lee's own yard in Hong Kong, and later in Thailand.


31' 6"

Sail area

not known


23' 6"




8' 6"


saloon and forecabin


4' 4"




11,500 lbs approx


Volvo Penta MD2 diesel


not known



Keel type

Long keel

From the 1950s to the 80s the Cheoy Lee Shipyard of Hong Kong built a range of production sailing cruisers from 24 ft to 50 feet in length, most of moderate to heavy displacement. Many early boats were of timber, often teak, but Cheoy Lee soon progressed to GRP construction, though always with lots of teak timberwork.

Cheoy Lee built a huge variety of designs, some by well known designers such as Alden, Laurent Giles, Sparkman & Stephens, etc., as well as producing many other models in-house. To confuse matters further, virtually identical boats were sometimes marketed under different names. The Cheoy Lee 30 hull looks very like a stretched version of their Offshore 27 design, by the American designer Taylor Newell.

Although called a Cheoy Lee 30, the overall length of this ketch is actually 31' 6". The GRP hull has encapsulated ballast of iron, set in concrete, and glassed over. The coachroof sides are teak-sheathed over the GRP structure, and the decks are laid teak

Cheoy Lee 30 ketch

Cheoy Lee 30 ketch


The saloon has two settee berths, with a saloon table which folds out from the forward bulkhead when required. There is a separate heads compartment between saloon and two-berth vee/double forecabin

The galley is to port by the companionway, and consists of a unit with fold-out covers to reveal the gimbaled cooker.




The opening hatch on the cockpit bulkhead is one of the two openings to a large insulated built in icebox - the other access being a lifting hatch in the cockpit seat. This arrangement is virtually standard on all Cheoy Lees - which were built in the tropics where easy access to cold beer was seen as a priority. The anchor-shaped ventilation cutouts on locker fronts is also a Cheoy Lee speciality

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