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LONG BEACH, CA
If you are looking for a CLASSIC sailing yacht in excellent condition, look no further. This Cheoy Lee 50 Offshore has been loved by her owner since 1972, he has spared no expense in keeping her in excellent condition.
Orient Star was just painted from the boot stripe up and freshly varnished 11/21/13
"Orient Star" was designed by John Alden and built by Cheoy Lee Shipyard.
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Please contact Mark Rentziperis at (949) 533-6505
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:
LOA: 50 ft 4 in
Beam: 13 ft 2 in
LWL: 34 ft 8 in
Minimum Draft: 7 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 7 ft 0 in
Displacement: 40000 lbs
Ballast: 13000 lbs
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Owners 40 Year History
The boat was delivered to San Francisco and put on the market with only 17 hours on the motor. I bought it in June of 1972 with the shavings still in the bilge, and no sign that it had ever been used by anyone. I have used it extensively, spending nine Winters in Mexico, the Sea of Cortez, and the Puerto Vallarta area, two Summer strips to Hawaii, and a 2 year trip to New Zealand, plus lots of local sailing. All of it has been done shorthanded, mostly with just my wife and I, with me doing all the sailing with some help from her steering and standing watch. My long cruising was done between 1972 and 2003.
As I became acquainted with the boat, I made improvements as they became apparent, such as removing the unusable inside steering station, adding the Alden designed bowsprit for better upwind performance and easier sail handling, and after learning it was impossible to prevent the black stains caused by moisture under the teak overlay, I had all of the exterior teak above the deck, cockpit coaming, gas box, exterior and the interior teak on the cabin removed and replaced with much better craftsmanship than had been done in the original build.
One of the major improvements I made over the original design was rebuilding the Main cabin windows. The original glass was cut to fit the opening in the fiberglass house, relying only on the strength of the interior wooden window frames to hold against the boarding waves. That system required the use of plexiglass storm windows when going to sea. We made the replacement Pilkington Glass Windows larger all the way around, so they are supported both by the strength of the fiberglass and the thicker teak window frames. I did not feel the need of the storm windows even for the 21 day passage from Samoa to Hawaii, against the Trade Winds and the Equatorial current. There has been no leakage around the windows as was the case with the originals.
On the passage from Samoa to the big Island of Hawaii, on the way home from New Zealand, about 8 boats that had been in NZ the same time I had, all wanted to to the big Island as it is upwind from the rest of the Hawaiian chain, but the Orient Star was the only boat in the group that could make enough progress against the Trade Winds and the Equatorial current. So all the other boats in the group fell off and sailed to Honolulu, missing the down wind cruise through the Hawaiian chain. We were close hauled on the Starboard tack for 21 days and 17 hours. When the wind would veer a bit we would have to stay close hauled, as we needed to make all the easting we could. The waves were too large to keep the prop in the water so we were not able to motor sail, it as all done the hard way. The other boats were of the typical varieties found in long range cruising groups, from modern fiberglass boats to older heavier ones. Probably some of the ones that fell off their planned course was a failure of the Captain, but again, the comfort of my boat had a lot to do with our being able to stay the course.
The original chainplates were the only other thing I have found on the boat that were inadequate, having been made of Stainless tangs welded to mild steel under the deck, so those were replaced with water cut stainless steel, as a precaution against the heat from cutting affecting the temper and strength of the steel.
The teak replacement was done with carefully selected teak, Epifanes epoxy, and the best joiner work I have seen, by excellent New Zealand Boatwrights. The boat has never had a budget, so the boat has never been neglected nor required a major refit.
All of this work, without regard to cost, has created one problem. There is simply nothing similar in classic boats of this quality for comparison when setting the price. The superior condition and the hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been spent on it must make it worth more than other OS 50s, but I do not know how much more will be the final fair price. I am 85 years old now, and as much as I would love to go sailing, I can't.
Please come take a look at her, I think you will like what you see.
Interior and exterior cabin and cockpit woodwork replaced in New Zealand. Pilkington glass installed in windows and installation re-designed to eliminate need for storm window covers. Teak deck in excellent condition. Alden designed Bowsprit added for double headsails. Harken roller furling on all four sails. Rigid Vang. Extendable Running Pole, On Mast mounted track. Rigid but easily removable Custom Bimini cockpit awning. Shadetree Tropical Awning. Bottomsider cockpit cushions, Main Shroud and Stay Chainplates replaced. Two pallets of spares, sails, covers, and equipment. Everything possible for extended shorthanded cruising has been installed, so sail handling can be done from cockpit.
Partial List of Equipment
Famet spars and rigging, mast steps, Rock climbing harness and gear, and Bosun chair, for climbing without help. Benmar gear and chain autopilot, Robertson hydraulic autopilot, if one fails, flip a switch and use the other one. Classic Aries Wind vane, Dual refrigeration, 110v hermetic, vee belt driven compressor from main engine, 1,000 hours on main Perkins motor, 200 hours on Kubota 4kw generator. Spectra Watermaker, Five anchors, 330 feet of 3/8th chain, 600 feet plus of anchor line, Achilles dinghy and 8 hp motor, less than 20 hours of use. West Marine life raft, Raritan LectraScan waste treatment, Single sideband + ham radio, VHF, Walkie Talkie radios, radar, GPS Dual depth finders with separate transponders, Standard Wind and Speed instruments, Barograph and Barometer, Chronometer and Clock Paper charts for Mexico, South Pacific and Chile. Rigid, but easily removable cockpit canopy, etc Engraved Irish Crystal Glassware and Liquor Locker Doors. Folding and Rope swimming ladders. Rope hung boarding step Very nice dock steps.
P.S. It even has a gimbaled flower pot. lol
MUST BE SEEN TO BE APPRECIATED.
The above listing Information has been written and provided by the seller.
The seller has taken me on a personal tour of this fine classic sailing vessel showing all the additions he has done to the boat since buying her in 1972.
She is in beautiful condition, the pictures you see are a combination of the seller and my photos and show the boat as you see it in person.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
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