Cheoy Lee Motorsailor 32
Designed by 
Laurent Giles

 "Kowloon Jade"
Formerly "Nobito"

The following pics of the Laurent Giles Motor Cruiser 32 were submitted by the present owner Oliver Cobb

This boat is a one off by Cheoy Lee


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Thanks to Oliver Cobb who sails Kowloon Jade for submitting the information on this one of a kind Cheoy Lee.   james...


   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 speak.

This 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.

Originally 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. 


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Boat-  "Kowloon Jade" - 1953 32' Motorsailor by Laurent Giles
OWNERS - Oliver Cobb
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