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|Model||Cheoy Lee Long Range Trawler|
|Tilbudt af||Gray & Gray Yacht Brokers, Inc. - Gray & Gray Yachts|
PLEASE ENJOY READING THIS VERY THOROUGH INVENTORY AND ESPECIALLY THE OWNER'S COMMENTS
HULL & DECK:
Fuel: 2400 gallons in 4 black iron tanks (fuel tanks believed to be full).
Water: 400 gallons in 2 tanks, one Monel, one S/S to port.
Holding: 15 gallons in S/S tank; 30 gallons in poly tank.
ENGINE & MECHANICAL:
OWNER COMMENTS: CHAMPION (formerly Feng Shui) was designed by William Lapworth for the owner of Union Oil when he retired from sailboat racing, having designed two TransPac boats for him. It was built in Hong Kong by Cheoy Lee Shipyards in 1959. Its third owner was Larry Briggs, famed passagemaker whose first of four circumnavigations was aboard CHAMPION in 1980. It was subsequently sold to Hollywood star George Johnson (husband of Totie Fields) who sailed it over to Europe through the eighties, returning to the states in 1990, where it remained under the shed at Atlantic Yacht Basin till his death (and my purchase) in 1995. It coincided with my sale of the 63’ William Hand, having traveled over 50.000 miles during 12 years of stewardship.
Over the last 27 years my wife and I raised (and at times homeschooled) our children, living on Block Island and the Bahamas. We have made at least twenty round trips and logged 75-80,000 miles in safety and comfort (not without an extraordinary amount of work) in all seasons with CHAMPION. I installed a hydronic (hot water) heating system with 13 Runtal (Swedish) radiators throughout the vessel. Almost all of our trips south are in the frigid winter months. Although CHAMPION is air conditioned (two separate Marine Air units), we rarely need them winters in Bahamas and summer in Great Salt Pond.
I have equipped CHAMPION to comfortably remain “off grid” and moored for truly extended periods of time. Massive battery systems (two 32V DC banks of 4-8D each, and 2-12V DC engine/genset start banks) power several inverter systems. Charging comes from the GMC main (32V DC and 12V DC alternators) or from two separate diesel generators: 12KW Yanmar or a 16 KW Northern Lights. Refrigeration is a 12/110/propane Dometic full size refrigerator and a 110V custom freezer/frig with holding plate. With 2400 gallons of fuel, CHAMPION is capable of truly extended trips away from home.
Most of the more important cruising essentials have backup systems…two autopilots, both Robertsons, with different drive units. One is a Cetec Benmar “S” drive on the rudder shaft, and the other is a planetary gear driven Jeffa sprocket drive (Norwegian) at the helm. Repeater topside at flybridge, as well as VHF, depthsounder, and searchlight controls. My searchlight is a mighty Carysle and Fitch milspec remote control million CP unit mounted on the stack, an essential piece of equipment for night travel. I have two radars, both Furuno (48 and 24 mile), Two VHFs (ICOM) and SSB (Icom) and Furuno Navtex. No plotter, as I use my laptop.
The most interesting thing about CHAMPION is the location of the engine room…in the forepeak of the boat. It has its pluses and minuses. It provides for extraordinary living space below, and the tremendous fuel and water storage becomes more centrally located amidships. Engine and genset noise levels are better contained as well. Not so fun to do engine room checks in bad weather. CHAMPION has an older (but serviceable) aluminum AquaPro 14’ RIB with a new 25 hp 4-stroke Yahama. It’s a two person launch from the top deck with a SS commercial winch….virtually maintenance free and totally reliable after a thousand uses. The paravanes were installed by Larry Briggs (closely following Bebee’s plans in Cruising Under Power) and they are essential to comfortable cruising. I rarely leave the harbor without lowering the booms (like all fishing trawlers). I can be patient as to when (or if) I deploy the “birds.” Although CHAMPION traveled tens of thousands of miles with that paravane setup, I was always uncomfortable with the lack of retrieval (short of lifting the booms and bringing the birds in by hand).
After examining many fishing boats and long range trawlers (eg Bebee’s own Passagemaker) I installed a second retrieval line to the birds, each rigged to a 5 ton winch inboard on each side of the boat. By merely slowing down and pushing a button, the birds can be retrieved, either for entering a harbor or to eliminate seaweed. We often travel multiple days with the paravanes deployed. It slows CHAMPION by a knot….small price to pay for comfort. Although the reputation for GM 6-71’s is legendary, (all my vessels have been so powered, and I have rebuilt a few), when given the opportunity to buy a brand new one shortly before the Clean Air Act banned two stroke diesels, I could not resist. Billings Marine installed the new Detroit and new Twin Disc gear, along with a new Northern Lights genset and a wish list of engine room upgrades…a fitting reward for a classic teak vessel with so much life ahead. The copper riveted hull (both topside and bottom) were redone by Billings. The bottom was wooded and epoxy primed (InterProtect) and the hull Awlgripped. I re-Awlgripped the boat last year….two coats 545 primer and two Whisper Gray topcoats. I got 12 years out of the last job. The pictures don’t lie. As per our conversation last….my main reason for selling CHAMPION is age. I’ll be 75 this summer. That being said, I am not retiring the boat. At summer’s end (on Block Island) I will haul out at Wickford Cove Safe Harbors for Sept/Oct (as I have for three decades) and will then head back to Hopetown. I have a list of projects to do on the vessel, whether it sells or not. I intend to leave every tool and spare part aboard and would feel remiss if not given the chance to delve into every aspect of Champions needs and operation with a new owner. As mentioned, it will be at AYB for May and most of June before heading for Block Island for the summer.
Potential purchasers should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht. These specifications are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed. Specifications are provided for information purposes. Data was obtained from sources believed reliable but is not guaranteed by owner or brokers. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. Vessel subject to sale, price and inventory changes, and withdrawal from market without notice.
Mechanical Disclaimer: Engine and generator hours are as of the date of the original listing and are a representation of what the listing broker is told by the owner and/or actual reading of the engine hour meter. The broker cannot guarantee the true hours. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or his agent to verify engine hours, warranties implied or otherwise, and major overhauls as well as ALL other representations noted on the listing.
DISCLAIMER TO BOARD VESSEL: In the event the Buyer boards the vessel either on land or in the water without a broker or owner, the Buyer(s) agrees and understands he boards at his sole risk and liability.
|Samlet effekt||195 hk|