Cheoy Lee Shipyards has demonstrated its penchant for mixing up contemporary design and the latest technology into a wide range of yachts. Its most recent Alpha Express Yacht line brings the comfort of luxury, combined with excellent performance. The Chinese shipyard will be attending the 2014 Palm Beach International Boat Show, running from March 20 to 31, and will be on hand at Ramp 6, slips 636-638.
Cheoy Lee’s long history of commitment to quality, technology and superior design led to the awarding of the prestigious World Yachts Trophy 2012 “Best Design – Sport Yacht up to 24 Meters” for the Alpha 76 Express yacht. Those traits carry through the entire Cheoy Lee line and extend to the newest Alpha 87 Express Sportbridge superyacht and the Bravo Series motor yacht seen at the show.
The Cheoy Lee Difference
Cheoy Lee was a pioneer in the marine use of GRP/foam sandwich technology and innovations like resin infusion, recognizing and embracing the advantages: huge savings in weight and greater strength while eliminating the weaknesses of plywood often used in boat building.
The bulkheads and cabin soles of every Cheoy Lee yacht are built from the same exceptionally strong material as the hull and superstructure. Using resin-infused foam cored composites throughout, Cheoy Lee laminates the structure together as one in “monocoque” construction. The fuel tanks are integral to the hull in the lowest part of the bilge, creating a lower center of gravity and a double bottom over most of the hull as an additional safety feature. This shipbuilding technology produces the highest levels of structural strength and rigidity while allowing for precise control of weight, which is how Cheoy Lee achieves its superior performance and efficiency.
The “Alpha” of the species for Cheoy Lee is its Alpha Series Express yachts, and with Michael Peters’ contribution as hull designer, Cheoy Lee achieved its goal: cutting edge design, innovative technology and a lust for performance. With top speeds in excess of 35 knots, the Alpha provides easy operation and a comfortable, stable ride. Interior elegance, luxury, and accommodations for six adults and crew, created by Luiz de Basto, sets the Alpha Series as a breed apart. (Available as 76 Express, 76 Express Flybridge, 87 Express Sportbridge)
87 Express Sportbridge
The newest of the line, the 87 Express Sportbridge took its open cockpit lines from the sleek 76′ Alpha Express Flybridge. Versatile options for upper and lower navigation in the dual platform hull provide wind-in-your-face thrill or enclosed comfort. A port staircase flows up to the flybridge where an unobstructed view provides pilot and passengers interaction in the sizable exterior lounge and forward settee.
Twin stairs lead from the open aft deck and spacious salon/galley to the swim platform and garage that houses a 12′ tender or personal watercraft, with optional remote controlled, easy hydraulic launch technology. Four staterooms with en suite heads and showers offer luxurious comfort and privacy. The aft, full-beam master has a king size bed, walk-in closet and head with a walk-in shower and double sinks. A queen VIP stateroom, a portside queen guest cabin and a starboard twin cabin, all furnished for ultimate comfort, providing unusual spaciousness. Easily accessible crew quarters lead directly to the engine room which houses impeccably rigged mechanical fixtures, all conveniently accessed for service.
Alpha 76 Express Flybridge
A traditional outdoor helm station and a covered upper deck add entertainment space aboard the Express 76 Flybridge yacht. Sleek hull lines transition into the flared upper deck and the coaming lines mirror the shape of the hardtop for a fast looking silhouette; even at anchor. Three huge cabin suites, a day head and laundry room, complement the roomy forward bow seating and aft deck with a hot tub. A surprising amount of luxury in a yacht under 80 feet, easy enough for two-person operation.
Below is a gallery for the exquisite charter yachts built by Cheoy Lee.