If you went to the 2018 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and walked past the Cheoy Lee display, you probably did a double-take, just as I did. The Hong Kong-based shipyard recently re-branded its production yacht line as “CL Yachts,” with an eye-catching orange logo. But there is far more to Cheoy Lee’s new direction than just a logo change. The shipyard also went to the design board and thoroughly updated two of its models. The larger of these is the CLA76.
The “A” in CLA76 refers to “Alpha,” the former label for Cheoy Lee’s performance-oriented motoryacht series. While CL Yachts has not altered the hull designed by Michael Peters Yacht Design, it has made some other significant changes to the yacht. Notably, the entire house and flybridge have been elongated forward in order to create more interior volume and living space.
The look and layout of the main-deck salon and galley are now completely different. The deck is much more open, with clear, uninterrupted sightlines from the lower helm to the aft deck doors. The contemporary furniture is modular, which allows more flexibility if you like to change things up. In the salon area, twin sofas face one another, framed by huge windows on either side. The dining table, amidships, is on the same level. The galley, located one step up inside the windshield, has all its appliances tucked under the counter so as not to impede the view.
A short flight of steps leads from the galley to the lower deck, which encompasses four staterooms and four heads—a bonus on a yacht of this size. The forward VIP is generous, with a raised, queen-sized berth. Aft are two mirror-image twin staterooms. One has an en suite head, while the other head also can be entered from the companionway.