Only nine of these rare, unique, passage makers were ever built and fewer have had such a high degree of maintenance and continual upgrades. This outstanding example won't last long and can be bought at a fraction of what a new build would cost today. You won't be disappointed.
Cheoy Lee has had a tradition of excellence since their humble beginnings in 1870. Originally a commercial boat builder and repair of steam powercraft vessels, the original Lo Family moved from their Shanghai location to the British colony of Hong Kong in 1936. They eventually evolved from power cargo craft into the production of teak sailing and motor yachts in the 1950s. As exports increased to the USA market they pioneered in the development, testing, and use of fiberglass construction. By the mid 60s 90% of Cheoy Lee's production was pleasure craft. Eventually Cheoy Lee became a forerunner in the use of GRP/foam sandwich construction. In the mid 70s they produced the largest GRP motorsailor of its time at 130'. Now the fourth and fifth generations of the Lo Family are still producing sophisticated vessels of steel, aluminum, and fiberglass.
Following the success of the 43' and 52' trawler long range motorsailor, Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd. created the ultimate long range motorsailor, the Cheoy Lee 63'. As her name implies, she is truly a world class cruising vessel and there was no other vessel produced like her. The naval architects Seaton-Neville were commissioned to create this exceptional motorsailor. The parameters around which the architects designed the 63' were an impressive performer with speed and agility under both sail and power, luxurious accommodations for long range passage-making and graceful styling.
Beleza has benefited from the last three incredibly knowledgeable owners who treated the vessel with an open checkbook policy. This vessel has had three major refits allowing her to present herself today as if she just rolled out of the production shop.
In 2011 the vessel went into the Hunter service yard for a total makeover. The interior was gutted and rebuilt in Brazilian mahogany and red cedar. The exterior was painted and all the sails were replaced. All salon and pilothouse window frames were replaced.
After several years sailing the Carribbean and South Florida, the vessel was sold in January 2015. The vessel went back into the yard in South Florida. All the electronics were replaced, all rigging was inspected and replaced or upgraded. A second new Northern Lights 9 kw generator was installed. The single combo washer was replaced with a separate washer and dryer. A second freezer was installed in the laundry room. Additional 2015 upgrades included two new Garmin chart plotter/radar/sounder units, new Garmin autopilot, Garmin speed/distance log, engine room camera, and a new 8 person Revere life raft was installed.
The same owner made a passage with the vessel up to the Chicago area where the vessel has enjoyed fresh water for the last 5 years and annual haul out for winter storage. Each year the vessel was hauled the mast and booms were removed for storage and a fresh coat of bottom paint was applied.
In 2018 during winter storage a new Side Power bow thruster was installed with a dedicated battery and charging system. The hull bottom was blasted and received 2 coats of epoxy, 7 coats of Interlux primer, and finished with semi ablated interlux micron paint. The generator and engine batteries were replaced. The mast and boom were also painted. All head hoses were inspected along with replacing the Master Stateroom and Forward Stateroom heads. There is also a new complete head in a box. All interior and exterior lights were upgraded to LEDs. Other upgrades included a new KVH Sat TV system, new portable ice maker, and toaster oven.
During the 2019 haul out and winter storage, the vessel benefited from another major retrofit.
The entire hull was stripped and painted with Awl Grip and new boot stripe. The finish was professionally sprayed by members of the Burger Yard. As always the bottom was re-coated. A few other items of the extensive list includes a new 6000 BTU air conditioner for the forward cabins, new 4 stroke outboard for the tender, new overhead cooling insulation in the Galley and Salon, and upgrades on the soft goods throughout the vessel. There was a new custom removable enclosure fabricated for the aft deck seating area.
Sitting majestically dock side, this ocean voyager at first glance presents herself as almost new. The highly waxed cabin house, gleaming chrome, and the glistening varnish accents are a tribute to an owner who maintains this craft with an open checkbook policy. The stainless steel rails that encircle the deck provide safety underway and the convenient midship and aft deck gates allow for easy boarding. The wide teak decks insure safe footing all around. The windows around the cabin deck and pilothouse provide great visibility and ample light below. When going to the forward deck you will see a very capable Lowfrans windlass securing the two massive naval stock anchors. A rigid hull inflatable with a new Honda 4 stroke makes easy access to any island you are anchored off of. The raised aft helm deck provides an unobstructed 360 degree view for the captain and crew. The large u-shaped aft deck settee makes an excellent place for an afternoon lunch, dining under the stars, or just a lazy day of reading.
When entering the roomy pilothouse you will encounter a well laid out command center. The portside helm provides great viewing through all the large cabin windows. The forward windshield has two wipers and a vented center window.
All the varnished teak wood gives a warm rich feeling. The electronics are all within arms reach and a large counter top next to the helm provides plenty of space for charting your voyage. Aft is a large bench seat with storage below. Several cabinets provide storage along with access to the ships DC distribution panel. The overhead is finished in white panels with teak accent strips and recessed upgraded LED lighting. Other highlights include a Boston Quartz Ships clock, chart locker, vessel angle indicator, brass reading lights, and a new manufactured wood sole.
From the Pilothouse going down 4 steps brings you into the huge salon & galley area. An all new overhead consisting of white panels and teak trim reflect plenty of light around the salon. Forward to port is a huge L shaped settee with storage below. Across to port is another huge L shaped settee with a large teak table top with storage below. The entire cabin sole has been redone in a manufactured wood finish. Other features include curtains all around, book & CD racks, clock & barometer, overhead hand rails, accent lights, and two deck hatches. The galley is located port side aft of the salon. The u shaped galley boasts new gas stove top, stainless double sink, microwave, refrigerator, and abundant storage.
Forward of the salon down 4 steps is the forward companionway area. This area gives access to the 3 forward cabins and 3 heads. The first cabin to port is your VIP cabin with double berth. This cabin features teak wall coverings, flat screen TV, 2 port lights, deck hatch, reading lights, hanging locker, abundant storage, and enclosed electric head with hand shower faucet. Across to starboard is the 2nd Guest Cabin with a double berth below and a single berth above. This cabin also features deck hatch, hanging locker, flat screen TV, and reading lights. Aft of that cabin is the Day Head with electric toilet and separate stall shower. All the way forward is the 3rd Guest Cabin with over under single berths. As with all the cabins, there are teak wall coverings throughout, lots of storage, deck hatch, two port lights and access to the chain locker. The 3rd Guest Head has a manual toilet so there is always an operational head without any power needed.
The aft companionway provides access to the laundry/work room, engine room, and Master Stateroom. The Work Room includes the clothes washer and dryer, deep freezer, sink, tool box, work counter, A/C distribution panel and storage shelves. An access door to the well lit engine room makes maintenance easy. The dependable 3208 CATs are easily accessed along with all machinery, electrical, fuel and plumbing.
The Master Stateroom all the way aft has a raised island queen berth. There are two huge hanging lockers at the front of the cabin. A vanity with mirrors makes preparing for an evening out easy. The large enclosed head has a shower stall large enough for the entire crew. Appointments include large deck hatch, teak wall coverings, new cabin sole, flat screen TV, 4 port holes and accent lighting.
Only a handful of these rare, unique, passage makers were ever built and fewer have had such a high degree of maintenance and continual upgrades. This outstanding example won't last long and can be bought at a fraction of what a new build would cost today. You won't be disappointed.