According to Oliver an English navigator, Captain John Reynell, had
Laurent Giles design this Motorsailor 32. As Reynell was working
in the Far East he had her built at the Cheoy Lee Yards. Oliver
met the late Captain Reynell's wife in British Columbia and she
confirmed that his family had timber concessions in Malaysia and that
he wanted the boat as a place to live while he was in the field, so to
Cheoy Lee has a LOA of 32', LWL is 28, beam is 9' and the draft is 4'.
Displacement is 9 tons and she is full keeled. She is powered by
the original two cylinder 24HP Gardner oil engine which drives her at
hull speed of around 7 knots. Her hull is inch and a quarter
matched teak planks over ipol frames on nine inch centers, bronze
fastened and copper riveted. The decks are teak, the interior is
done in teak and silver myrtle.
the boat had a lower profile, but in 1965 Captain Reynell had
Giles draw plans for the pilothouse modification. I guess he must have
gotten tired of sitting outside to steer in the broiling heat (or the
tropical monsoons)! Originally she was gaff-rigged with a loose-footed
main brailed to the mast. However, Fred Feige, who owned her from, I
believe, 1979 to 1994, replaced the original rigging plan with a
hollow ash mast and 9/32 1/19 stainless steel wire shrouds. Fred
sailed her in the Great Lakes and the Caribbean before bringing her
back to B.C. where she was sold on on 1994.