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1978 55 (ft.) CHEOY LEE Long Range Trawler

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General Information

Listing# 132663

Ft. Lauderdale , FL, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
Long Range Trawler
55 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
Number of Engines
Engine Type

General Details

Chartwell is a proven, extremely well equipped, long range cruiser. With extra fuel capacity of 4800 gallons, Chartwell has extreme range at a comfortable 7 and a half knot cruise. Her long list of extra equipment also include paravane stabilizers, watermaker, sat phone and a Kenmore fridge/freezer. This boat is incredibly comfortable for long range cruising and has already circumnavigated twice. For the Buyer that wants a proven boat that is ready to go Chartwell is a must see.

This is an estate sale /// All offers welcome. 



The spacious main salon with extra seating and a stunning rosewood table is accessed through a large door that leads to the comfortable teak decked aft cockpit. The salon features large windows that give this space plenty of light and a feeling of home. On the port side of the salon is a large settee with storage underneath and a filing cabinet and small beverage fridge just forward. Forward of the stairway that leads to the owner's cabin, on the starboard side of the salon, there is a large desk area that is used as an office and navigation center.  The galley is forward of the salon. Chartwell has a galley that is more similar to a home kitchen with a full size Kenmore fridge/freezer, a Sharp convection oven/microwave, an exhaust hood over the two burner stove, plenty of cabinet space and a full sized double stainless sink.  The Pilothouse is forward of the galley and features modern electronics and redundancy that is usually found on much larger vessels. The large windows forward make this a very inviting space. There are doors to port and starboard that lead to the side decks and provide quick access to the foredeck. There is seating in the pilothouse that is used as a pilot's berth and has drawer storage below it.  Chartwell has a large master cabin aft, two guest cabins to port and starboard forward and a fourth cabin forward that has been converted to a work room. The master cabin has a king sized bed, six portholes, private head with stall shower and plenty of storage in drawers and closets.  The guest cabins are accessed from a forward staircase that also leads to the engine room and equipment. There are two heads in this area both with separate stall showers. The starboard, VIP cabin, has a double berth and a private head. The port cabin has over/under bunks and has a private entrance to the day head, which can also be accessed from the hallway that leads to the engine room and forward to the converted workroom. Both guest cabins have drawer and locker storage. They also both have separate air conditioning controls and ample light provided by portholes.  The converted workroom cabin has the secondary 12kw generator in a sound enclosure, ample workspace and a modified hatch in the deck to give Chartwell's owner the ability to remove and replace large equipment. The hatch also has a smaller escape hatch built into it with a stainless ladder below for easy access to the foredeck. A watertight collision bulkhead forward was fitted with a Bair hatch for access to the 600 feet of newly galvanized chain and 105 lb CQR. The Khallenberg horn compressor, 600 GPD water maker and day tank for the generator are also housed here.  Aft in the lower hallway is the laundry area with a washer and dryer. The engine room door is also aft and has a large inspection window built in. The engine room houses the 855M2 Cummins engine, the new fuel tanks, the day tanks that the engine and all of the machinery use.
Decks and Fly Bridge
The aft deck provides access to the main salon and also to the side decks. The side decks both lead forward to the foredeck and are all done in solid teak. The owner has installed custom canvas tops on rigid frames to provide shade and protection for the aft and fore deck as well as the fly bridge. The aft deck has a ladder that leads down to the large swim platform and davits that can hold the 15 ft. RIB wiith new Yanmar diesel outboard when in a harbor or at anchor. There is a warping winch on the aft quarter to make easy work of docking. The decks are all surrounded by large bulwarks with scuppers and high hand rails with teak caps. The foredeck has a large windlass, new stainless cleats, standpipes for the fuel fills, 2 large storage chests for lines and a ladder to access the fly bridge through an aluminum hatch.  The upper deck fly bridge area is accessed by stairs through the aft portion of the pilothouse or through a hatch from the foredeck and has many amenities and necessities. There is a heavy duty paravane system that is run by 240 volt electric winches which hoist the poles and fins. The owner took many years to develop this easy to use and efficient system. The owner also added a dry stack exhaust system with silencers, which leads to no diesel exhaust fumes and quiet engines. The 6 man life raft, AC compressors, deck box and teak table are all on the upper deck as well.  The fly bridge also has all controls needed to pilot Chartwell. This is a great spot to pilot the boat from and can be enjoyed even on overcast days because of the bimini top.
Electrical System
2 21 KW Isuzu generators 1 65 HP Isuzu engine for "get home" use 12 KW hydraulic "cruising" generator 12 KW standby generator, Isuzu AC transformer for 50 cycle single phase to US Main AC breakers in engine room AC outlets throughout DC lighting throughout Appropriate DC breakers and panel
Navigation Center and Electronics
2 Simrad Auto Pilots Steering Compass Icom VHF Icom SSB 2 Garmin GPS 2 Depthsounders 36 Mile radar 64 Mile Furuno radar Engine and generator gauges Sat phone system
Mechanical and Tankage
A large Cummins engine powers Chartwell at a 7.5 knot cruising speed with the paravanes streamed and 8 knots without. The engine will push her at 9 knots at 1400 rpm. The cruising generator provides AC power at engine RPM's over 1000 and she cruises at 1200 RPM's. Chartwell uses about 6 gph at cruise and this includes one of the 21 KW generators being run. She has an unbeatable and proven 6000 mile range at cruise.  The day tank which the engines all draw from is in the engine room and has fuel transfer pumps and gauges. There is also a 70 gallon lube oil tank. Cummins engine, 250 hp Gorman-Rupp electric pump Appropriate bilge pumps 120v Windlass Halon extinguisher system 48 gallon water heater Day tank with Racor system Racor system for engines and generators AC units 600 GPD Village Marine water maker 4800 gallons of fuel 250 gallon holding tank
Life Raft EPIRB
Other Features
Fuel vents all vent inboard into buckets so there is no danger of spillage into the surrounding water when fueling. 15' RIB Oversized cleats Spare shaft Spare propeller
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.
More information on this one of a kind vessel.  Boat  - " Chartwell " - 55 Trawler 1978 OWNER  - Larry Briggs AREA OF BOATING  - Presently in Asia Chartwell is my second Cheoy Lee; the first was built of teak in 1959 and I circumnavigated in her 1976-1979. Chartwell took me around the World in the years 1998 - 2003 and then I departed Ft. Lauderdale in December 2003 and cruised across the Pacific to Malaysia; I will stay in S.E. Asia until Feb. 2006 and then go West via Africa. Basically stock boat (built with a single Cummins 855M2); I changed main engine and generators to dry stack, added electrically operated flopper-stoppers, etc. A great boat.   "The Cheoy Lee 55 Chartwell has circumnavigated the world twice. Her owner, Larry Briggs, has been around the planet three times, the first circumnavigation being with Champion, a 52-foot custom Lapworth"