26 North Yachts’ Top 10 Builder Cheoy Lee recently announced plans for a 150’ luxury explorer megayacht following in the successful wakes of previous 150’ DOROTHEA III (ex MARCO POLO) and QING (ex MAZU). With a progressive design by accomplished naval architect Jon Overing (Overing Yacht Design), this new Cheoy Lee 150 will provide the ultimate comforts with increased living spaces and expanded capabilities to navigate the globe. Cheoy Lee will most certainly throw all of their commercial shipbuilding expertise into this hearty new build. Touches reflect Cheoy Lee’s desire for efficiency, minimal maintenance and environmental friendliness. Her seaworthy, fast-displacement steel hull with aluminum superstructure (or steel hull with composite superstructure) is complemented by twin rudders and an elegantly bulbous bow. In this model, Cheoy Lee boasts the finest Western quality in an Eastern build (China).
Plans show a master suite with large bath and spacious owner’s lounge on the traditional skylounge level just aft of the pilothouse. Above that is a covered sky deck with plenty of loungers, a service bar, dining area, Jacuzzi and convenient day head. The main deck includes a sure-to-be-popular covered aft deck with seating for 10, an open main salon with bar, living and formal dining areas, main galley and service areas, captain’s quarters and library. Below, crew will enjoy spacious quarters for six in addition to galley and lounge. Guests will be accommodated in four en-suite staterooms—two king VIPs and two, twin quarters.
Similar to her sisters MARCO POLO and QING, she’ll be powered by a single Caterpillar main engine, in this case a 3512B (1911hp), with a Schottel controllable pitch propeller—a system that returns 35% lower fuel consumption than other megayacht builds in the market. A forward engine room will house back-up power in a second diesel propulsion engine that will give a greater level of redundancy over the typical set up of twin engines side-by-side in the same compartment. Together with a fuel capacity of 25,000 U.S. gallons, this configuration gives the new Cheoy Lee 150 a range of 7,000 nm at a 10-knot cruise (although the designer estimates 10,000 nm at 9 – 10 knots). At 12 knots, her range reduces to 6,000 nm. Her top speed is estimated at 15 knots. She measures 151’3” with a beam of 30’8” and a 10’6” draft. This serious explorer will be fully classed to ABS/MCA. Cheoy Lee estimates a 24-month build time.
Cheoy Lee’s first 150’ hull, DOROTHEA III (ex MARCO POLO) launched in 2006 to a German real estate and hotel developer who cruised 30,000 nautical miles in the first two years. Their second 150’ hull QING (ex MAZU), launched in with an increased tankage capacity and length by about 3’. The owner requested a gym with full bath in lieu of a stateroom, but with its built-in daybed, the space can easily be converted to a nanny cabin.
26 North Yachts holds high respect for Cheoy Lee’s customized, yet affordable luxury. One of the longest running yachting manufacturers, Cheoy Lee Yachts was established in 1870 and has built over 5,000 vessels since, now specializing in customized, private, luxury motoryachts (including teak sailing yachts) and commercial vessels. Their main shipyard on the Pearl River at Doumen, China, can produce superyachts over 200 feet in length. They have one of the highest retention rates in the industry and are one of the most technically advanced shipyards in the world.