1965 Cheoy Lee Offshore 27 sloop
| TOPSIDE | COCKPIT | MAIN CABIN | GALLEY | HEAD | FORWARD CABIN | ENGINE | SAILS |
Hull number 1547
LOA: 26′ 10″ (26.83)
LWL: 19′ 6″ (19.5)
Beam: 7′ 8.5″ (7.7)
Draft: 4′ 4″ (4.33)
Working sail area: 384 sq. ft.
Displacement: 6,900 lbs.
Internal ballast (keel weight): 2,700 lbs.
Water: 26 gal.
Fuel: 10 gal.
Raritan PHII manual head
30-ft. Sitka Spruce mast
This is a boat from a time in the not-so-distant past when adventurous souls sought the experience of sailing from port to port with a focus on enjoying their chosen destinations. It was a time when smaller boats made passages more efficiently and with less investment in expensive gear than is typical today; times when people like Larry and Lin Pardey didn’t expect to take all the amenities of their land homes along with them, but instead looked forward to enjoying their next landing with the sights, sounds, and people they would encounter there.
This is a classic blue-water sloop, a consistent head-turner wherever she is sailed. She has had only three owners, all in the Pacific Northwest. As the third, I’ve owned this boat since July 1999. This boat is a perfect single-hander with all the comforts to be had from a boat of this vintage. The bulk of work undertaken on this boat over the years I’ve owned her has been with systems improvements, while more recently attention has been focused on below-decks comfort.
Work continues daily on the cosmetic finishes below decks, and additional pictures will be posted as more work is completed.
Bisous retains her original teak forward hatch and dorades. The original teak house siding was removed many years ago and replaced with FRP paneling in 2002. The single stainless opening port and three deadlights in the dog house were replaced with bronze opening ports from Port Townsend Foundry, installed in 2003. All the opening ports have bug screens. A new bronze round deadlight was installed in the forward doghouse in 2003.
The forward hatch is covered with canvas. The four coach house windows were replaced with new glass in 2002.
A bronze chain pipe was installed in the forward deck in 2004, and the anchor rode drops down into the custom-made chain locker built in 2010. A Danforth anchor hangs from the pulpit ready for deployment.
A bronze mushroom vent was installed in the after deck in 2004 for ventilation. A new pushpit was custom built for the after deck in 2007. This boat did not originally have a pushpit.
Her original horse traveler blocks were replaced with a traveler bar, provided from another Cheoy Lee of the same period, in 2008.
A custom-built radar mast was added in 2008 and supports the Furuno radome, a GPS receiver, the VHF antenna, a stern nav light and a cockpit floodlight. The mast is gimbaled for long voyages on a heel, with a mid-mast control. The first two pictures of the mast were taken in February 2008, with no changes to it since that time. The third picture is from earlier this year (2017) and shows the gimbal control.
The emergency tiller is currently kept in the stowage area under the quarterberth bunk.
She sports her original pedestal and wheel, but with additions of an Edson offset pedestal guard in 2008, Edson engine controls with Edson wheel brake in 2001, and a Furuno radar display in 2009.
Her original Edson wheel has been enhanced with custom rope-covering in 2004, and a Ritchie binnacle compass added in 2000.
The Furuno radar display with GPS was installed in 2009.
A Standard Horizon depth sounder was added in 2000, and matching knot meter was added in 2003, both on the starboard aft coach house. The companionway hatch and doors are original, but lift hinges have been added to the doors for more easily viewing the logs while under way. The doors securely lock with a skeleton key.
ISSPRO engine gauges replaced the old gauges and were installed on forward cockpit well wall in 2003. The engine switches were moved to the starboard aft well wall, also in 2003. A Guzzler manual bulkhead pump was added in 2003 and is installed in the lazarette. A pump handle inserted in the opening at the starboard aft well wall allows for pumping out the lower bilge from the cockpit. The Guzzler pump has recently been replaced with a new one.
There is also a full set of original cockpit cushions for this boat.
The cockpit lockers have had new shelves installed, and contain two new (January 2018) 6-volt golf cart house batteries to starboard and a new (January 2018) group 24 maintenance free start battery to port. A fused switch in the starboard cockpit locker controls the cockpit floodlight located on the radar mast, and the cockpit DC plug, located in the port aft well wall.
A Guest 2610A 10-amp, fully-automatic, water-resistant, fully encapsulated, dual-stage charger was added in 2003. This is installed under the starboard settee along with the transducer for the depth sounder.
The original cockpit ice box hatch, hopelessly rotted, was removed in 2005 and filled in with an FRP patch. Two new and larger, bronze cockpit scuppers were installed in the sole in 2004. Cockpit seat scuppers were added to the forward cockpit outer corners, completed in 2011, and help with drainage of pooled water on the seats. The cockpit is still in need of some additional patching and a coat of new paint.
This is a dragon-class Cheoy Lee. The dragon carving is located over the forward doorway of the saloon.
The saloon settees have both been reconstructed with new, removable cushions covering new 4-inch foam. I have lots of extra fabric for other cushion ideas and would gladly hand it over at no additional cost. All of the bunk boards for the settees have been rebuilt and painted.
The starboard settee has a full-length shelf over and behind it. The ice box is located aft of the bunk. An original dome light is located above this aft settee. A 110V outlet is located under the aft-most shelf area.
The electrical panel, located over the cabinet in the starboard forward saloon, includes a 30-amp AC main, and an eight-switch DC panel above a voltmeter. All electrical wiring for this boat was professionally updated in 2003, with two 110-V AC outlets installed in the main cabin.
Next to the electrical panel is a stereo speaker, above which is the bilge pump switch for the upper-bilge-platform pump. Over the starboard forward cabinet is a bookshelf.
A Standard Horizon VHF radio is positioned over the aft end of the starboard shelf. A cover for the cockpit log instruments hides the backs of those instruments.
The VHF was probably purchased around 2003. The Pioneer stereo with removable face plate, remote control, and DVD player, installed in 2006, is located in the starboard forward settee bulkhead.
Over to port, the quarterberth settee also has shelving over the bunk and deeper shelving over the aft section. A bunk light has been installed in its forward bulkhead. An oil lantern hangs over this settee.
The dinette table is stowed over the forward section of this port shelf. When in use, it sets between the two settees.
The companionway doors also lock from the inside. The dome light over the starboard settee is shown here.
The ice box is in the aft-most starboard end, and is currently used as a storage space. The battery switch is located under the companionway steps, in easy reach but out of the way.
The galley is located in the port forward saloon. It was newly plumbed and the galley countertop partially recovered with new Formica in 2007. There is more of this Formica to finish the counter and I would gladly provide it at no additional cost. An AC 110V GFCI plug is located in the galley bulkhead. Storage cupboards are located both above and below the stove, as well as under the sink.
The sink faucet was replaced, and the sink plumbing was redone, in 2007.
The original propane stove was replace with a two-burner, gimbaled Origo alcohol stove in 2001. It has barely been used and is like new.
The locker cupboards above the galley counter contain two sections, one with a hatch in the bottom, and the other with a dish organizer. The 11-gallon holding tank is located in the hidden cupboard space behind the stove, and can be accessed through the hatch in the locker above it.
The isolated head compartment is entirely new, completed in 2015. The original Wilcox-Crittenden Imperial toilet was located under the aft port v-berth bunk with just a seat lid to hide it from view. I felt this was a design that could use some alteration and added a bulkhead between the v-berth bunk and the toilet. A shelf was added behind the toilet at this time. Earlier this year a Raritan toilet was added to replace the old toilet, and is fully serviced. It has a retractable pump handle to save valuable space.
Over the head is a rectangular bronze opening portlight with bug screen.
Across from the head is the hanging locker. This locker also contains a bronze rectangular opening portlight with bug screen. The back of the electrical panel is accessible here, as well as the back of the stereo speaker. This locker has just been cleaned and repainted.
The door to the hanging locker also closes off the saloon when privacy is needed.
The forward cabin has been largely reconstructed over time due to extensive rot when I purchased the boat. It has a new, enclosed chain locker in the forepeak, a new forward deadlight, two new round bronze opening portlights with bug screens, shelves over both v-berth bunks and storage lockers beneath, a new starboard bunk light, and all-new bunk cushions with new 4-inch foam. Super comfortable. It still contains the original water tank under the v-berth. Overhead beams have been added to mitigate deck delamination, a solution that was blessed by a local surveyor.
On the port v-berth side, there’s a shelf over the bunk and an opening portlight that includes a bug screen. The water tank fill hose runs down along the port bunk. The water tank is located under the v-berth and holds 26 gallons of water.
On the starboard v-berth side, there’s a shelf over the bunk and another opening portlight that includes a bug screen. A dual white/red dome light illuminates the space, and the water tank vent hose runs up the aft end.
300 feet of anchor rode with chain is stored inside the chain locker.
Bisous was re-powered before I bought her in 1999 with a 1981 Universal M-18 diesel engine; I keep this engine well serviced and it has always run without issues. New fuel hoses and a Racor filter were installed in 2002. A new water pump was installed in 2007. The alternator was serviced in 2001, and a new propeller and SS shaft were installed at that time, as well as cutlass bearing and shaft coupling.
Included is an older mainsail and jib, and a newer genoa in great shape. The mainsail was probably new with the second owner who had also re-powered the boat. It is stretched but has been well cared for and has life in it still, and shows no wear points at all. The genoa is like new. The sail inventory could be updated. The main is boom roller-furled, a system whereby the the boom rotates the mainsail around itself.
The following are pictures taken on 27 May 2019 as I begin Spring cleaning: