Designed by Bill Luders
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Luders Jr. was the designer of this series of Cheoy Lee's and some of the Offshore
series as well as many of the Midshipman series. He was a well known designer from the
U.S. who designed the 44' yawls for the Naval Academy at Annapolis as well as the 12 metre
"American Eagle". He also designed the Luders 34 which was a
semi-custom boat built by Ryder Yachts of Bristol, Rhode Island. Click Here for a tribute to Mr. Luders by Ted Brewer
Ballast 3,650 lbs.
Sail Area 568 sq. ft.
Hull is fiberglass
molded to Lloyd's standard, 50 gal fiberglass water tank with 6 gal stainless sump tank,
spars were Sitka Spruce with Roller reefing on main boom, Engine was Atomic-4 30 HP with
optional Perkins 4/108 or Volvo Penta MD-11C type 25 HP available. Sails - main,
working jib, fore stay-sail and mizzen.
The 36 was available in two cabin layouts, Layout A: Double drop leaf dining
table with storage center, 2 hinged pilot berths P & S with drawers under, or Layout
B: Port side convertible dinette and hinged pilot berth at stbd. side with drawers under.
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Disp: 23,500 lbs.
Ballast: 9,000 lbs.
Sail Area: 928 sq. ft.
Ballast/Disp. ratio: 389
Sail area/disp. ratio: 18
42 Pilothouse version
The 42 began production in 1970. The 42 was available in 3 layouts
plus a pilot house version. The 42 was also available as a Schooner or Ketch rig
The photo of the "clipper schooner" on the bottom left of your
website is one 1971 Choey Lee Clipper '42 Staysail Schooner
christened the "Taxi Dancer" of Juneau, AK. The vessel was
originally named "TAI-PAN" and still has the plaque inside with
the name on it, which reads in Chinese that it was made in a
shipyard in Kowloon, Hong Kong (luckily my girlfriend is chinese).
The vessel was renamed by it's second owner to "Foreign Affair",
and renamed again by it's 3rd owner (Timothy Davis I believe) in
1981 to the Taxi Dancer. The boat at that time was torn down to
the hull and completely remodeled. A new motor and transmission
was put in it, among other things, and the dog house was added.
The vessel was acquired in 1999 by one Mark Dorsey who I believe
to be the Fourth owner. I acquired the vessel in August of 2006.
She's in good shape with a few minor chips in the gel coat from
a few recent storms, and looks quite like she did in that photo.
Add a dinghy hoisted off the stern, and in place sail bags and
you have the boat I'm writing this email from. Scott McCoy
The Clipper series included the 33, 36, 42 and the 48' and were mostly
ketch-rigged (actually cutter ketches with a Yankee, staysail, main and mizzen) although
according to PS the 36 was available as a cutter rig and the 36', 42' and 48
could be had as a staysail schooner. The 42 was also available as a pilothouse
version. See brochure below. These are heavy displacement boats with a
displacement/length ratio of 464 for the 36 and 389 for the 42. Cheoy Lee also
produced the Cruisaire 30 Clipper although I do not believe Mr Luders designed this model.
Click Here for page on the Cruisaire.
The Clipper 36 was produced from 1969 to around 1988
(data from 54 members) with the
Clipper 42' being introduced in 1970. I am not sure what years the Clipper 33 and the 48
were in production nor do I have, at this time, the numbers produced. My 36 Clipper has a
hull number of 2318 but I am sure the numbers were not sequential for each model since my
1969 Clipper was from the first year of production. According to PS the
selling prices in 1976 were $48,000 for the 36 and $72,000 for the 42
Update on Clipper Dolphin Striker Fitting
Jamie Sibley aboard
"Flying Cloud" a Clipper 36
have started breaking the 4 Clipper models onto separate pages. Click
Here for new Clipper 36 page
Disp: 31,000 lbs.
Ballast: ??? lbs.
Fore A 580
Total 1182' sq. ft.
Fore A 441
Total 1390' sq. ft.
||The 48 came with
200 gal water tank, 100 gal fuel tank and was available in 3 layouts. Plan A slept 9
and plans B and C had a circular settee