1979 Cheoy Lee Aft cockpit Brunswick, GA
Posted on April 26, 2018 / 435
Price : $56,000
Listing Type : KetchOtherSail
Builder | Manufacturer : Cheoy Lee
Condition : Used
Year : 1979
Length : 44ft
Model : Aft cockpit
Engine Make : Isuzu
Engine Model : C-240
Max Speed : 8 kn
Cruising Speed : 6 kn
Range : 430 nmi
HIN # : CHL035271179
Bridge Clearance : 59.42
LOA : 44'
Beam : 13.25
Max Draft : 6
Hull Type/Shape : Displacement
1979 Cheoy Lee Aft cockpit
1979 Cheoy Lee Aft cockpit A Classic 44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch

The Gypsy Song is a beautiful example of the sturdy blue water cruising sailboats manufactured in the 1970s and 1980s. She is strong, yet sleek with the ultimate sailboat look and essence. She is a comfortable live-aboard vessel with the equipment and systems necessary for a long-term blue water or coastal cruise. Her owners (both present and past) have been meticulous in her upkeep and maintenance as well as her continuous upgrades and outfitting.

This Cheoy Lee ” Gypsy Song” is a self-sustaining vessel, which allows for significant flexibility when cruising. The current owners used the Marathon, Fl Boot Key Harbor mooring field as their home base for over six years. During that time, the Gypsy Song was able to self-generate all its own power through solar, wind and a gas generator. Additionally, this Cheoy Lee sailboat is outfitted with a Spectra watermaker. The power system was designed to provide sufficient living power (including the operation of a refrigerator and a freezer) as well as enough power to regularly operate the watermaker. The large storage capacity on board provides plenty of room for provisioning for long and short cruises.

An out-of-water survey was completed in April 2017 for insurance purposes. No significant mechanical or structural issues were identified by the surveyor. The Gypsy Song was appraised at $100,000. There is NO storm damage from either Matthew or Irma. During both these storms, the Gypsy Song was berthed in Brunswick, GA.

Please take a few minutes to review her complete specifications, We feel you will agree she offers a lot of “bang for the buck”. Sellers are both realistic and motivated!

Offers Encouraged! Best Priced “Ready to Go” Blue Water Cruiser on the Market!

44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch Accommodations
  • Salon: Spacious and well-lit with L-shaped settee to port and straight settee to starboard, Cushions are covered with Leatherette, which is comfortable and easily cleaned, Large table for dining for large navigation charts; storage in center of table, 6 extra-large lockers behind settees, 5 cabinets above settees, Cantalupi Italian lighting, All lighting is LED throughout the boat, Teak and holly plank sole throughout (fully removable), New headliner, Brass lantern, Ships brass clock
  • Navigation Station: Navigation station includes lift-up table and chart storage cabinet underneath, Built-in file cabinet and 3 drawers next to navigation station
  • Work bench: Large work bench next to companion way, Tool storage underneath top and in cabinets below, Can be used as chart table when underway
  • Galley: Frigaboat refrigerator and freezer installed in 2010, Keel cooled, 2 independent Danfross compressors, 2 controllers, thermometers, and temperature panels, Reinsulated boxes, Spare modular controller for compressors, 3 stainless upright ice trays, Tiled counter top, Custom doors and insulated cover
  • Princess Seaward Stove: 3 burners, Full oven ? able to cook a 10-lb turkey, Trident gas control panel, Mahogany stove-top cover
  • Double stainless-steel sink with new faucet: GE drinking water filter, Salt water pump, Manual fresh water pump that is not hooked up at this time, Raritan 6-gallon water heater, Large dry-well, Additional storage in cabinets, drawers, and under-stove cabinet, Custom back-splash tiles, Built-in spice rack
  • Heads: Aft head equipped with Raritan head (spares included), Forward head is a dedicated shower head with a sump that pumps directly overboard and a custom wrap around shower curtain enclosure, teak grate, and tiled counter, Cabinets in both heads, Brass hurricane lamp in aft head (Weams & Plath)
  • Sleeping Quarters: Stern owner’s cabin equipped with new custom pillow-top latex mattress manufactured by Handcraft Mattress Company (2015), 3 storage lockers underneath berth, Port light into cockpit allows for communication when underway if one person is sleeping in berth, Forward V-berth can be fitted to be a queen size or individual bunks. Sheets included. Chain locker underneath v-berth, Cabinets and drawers in both berths, Book shelves in both berths, 2 large hanging lockers, Brass ship’s clock
44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch Sails and Masts
All Sails are Vectran Hood sails built in 2000. Very low hours on sails and the asymmetrical spinnaker and storm sails have never been used. Primary sails were cleaned and serviced by Sail Care in 2011.

  • Main Sail: 7.7 oz Hood Vectran Sailcloth: Shelf Foot, Duroseam, Two reef points, set up for jiffy reef system, Full battens, Adjustable leech cords, Telltales, Mack pack (with lazy jacks) and separate bag for storage, Stainless slides on mast
  • Mizzen Sail: 7.7 oz Hood Vectran Sailcloth:Duroseam, single reef point, set up for Jiffy reef system, full battens, adjustable leech cords, telltales, Mack pack (with lazy jacks) and separate bag for storage, stainless slides on mast
  • Harken roller furler system and forestay for head sail
  • 120% Genoa/Jib: 7.7 oz Hood Vectran Sailcloth: Adjustable leech, foot cords, trip stripes, telltales, Sunbrella sacrificial edge, Turtle bag 12 feet long
  • 80% Yankee/Jib: 7.7 oz Hood Vectran sailcloth: Adjustable leech, foot cords, trip stripes, telltales, Sunbrella sacrificial edge, Turtle bag 10 feet long
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker/Gennaker: 1.5 oz Nylon: ATN Squeezer to haul in and out the Spinnacker, ATN Tacker allows use of Spinnacker with furled headsail and eliminates need for Spinnaker pole
  • Storm Genoa/Jib: 9.8 oz Orange Dacron: Outfitted with ATN Gale sail hardware to allow for use over a furled headsail
  • Storm Trysl: 9.0 oz Orange Dacron
  • Both masts are aluminum Isomat spars: Both main and mizzen masts outfitted with Strong Tracks, New halyards and sheets on both masts and the head sail, Main mast has three halyards, including the main sail, head sail and a spare halyard, Main masthead sheaves and pins replaced in 2014 with Garhauer sheaves, Mizzen mast is located in cockpit, Spot lights on both masts
  • Custom built main mast pulpits
  • Stektronics LED masthead trilight with auto on and off
  • Lit Windex wind indicator on main mast
  • Most of the winches have been upgraded to Lewmar: Self-tailing Lewmar winches on both main and mizzen masts, Main sheet winch: Cheoy Lee No. 25, Main reefing line and outhaul winch: Self-tailing Lewmar, Headsail winches: Self-tailing Lewmar No. 55 with Sunbrella covers, Winch handles at main and mizzen
  • Stainless steel shrouds and stays with Norseman fittings – All replaced as needed since 2000
  • Running backstays on mizzen with new lines
  • Custom preventer
44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch Cockpit
  • Sunbrella dodger and bimini replaced in 2011
  • 3/4 Partial enclosure made with Strataglass
  • Full shade enclosure made with Phifertex
  • Helmstation has built-in Danforth Constellation Ship’s compass: Includes red illumination for night viewing, Also includes cup and binocular holders, Folding table, Sunbrella covers for all hatches
  • Removable helm seat and cover
  • Teak grates in the cockpit sole
  • Magma barbeque
  • Hand fishing line and roller, fish cleaning table and gaff
  • Lazerettes with LOTS of storage
  • Cubbies in combing with custom covers for additional storage
  • Propane locker vented through the transom: 20 lb aluminum propane tank, 2-6 lb aluminum propane tanks, Spare regulator and solenoid
  • Garhauer davits
  • Engine/outboard hoist movable to either side of cockpit (LaCroix)
  • 2 outboard rail mounts
44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch Hull and Deck
  • Bottom stripped and re-fiber glassed in 2007: Two bottom jobs have been completed since that time (2010 and 2013). No evidence of epoxy blisters. Bottom was pristine both times.
  • Bottom paint: Petit Trinidad SR Professional – Bottom is cleaned monthly
  • Teak decks
  • Multiple thru-hulls replaced in 2007
  • Coach roof refinished with Awlgrip (includes non-skid) in 2008
  • All coach roof hardware, including Garhauer turning blocks, re-bedded with oversized epoxy plugs, and backing plates, as necessary.
  • 5 large opening hatches with original Cheoy Lee design in teak with Lexan: Includes folding teak-framed mosquito screens, Custom Sunbrella covers
  • 6 opening side ports (with interior sun shades)
  • 4 teak grab rails on coach roof
  • Blocks, cleats, and tie downs on main and mizzen masts and deck are Gauhaurer stainless
  • Cleats are all back plated
  • 29″ stanchions and stainless life lines
  • Stern and bow stainless pulpits
  • Custom stainless rails and strap system for on-deck can storage: 4 diesel cans (5 gallon), 2 water cans (5 gallon), 2 gas cans (5 gallon), Custom Sunbrella covers
  • Transom swim ladder
  • Custom teak boarding ladder for use at anchor or dock
44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch Engine and Mechanical
  • Engine: Isuzu C-240
  • Engine HP: 60
  • Engine Model: New 2002
  • Hours:1,583
  • Controls: Morse Single Lever at Helm
  • 2 Spare Cooling Water Pumps
  • Spare Heat Exchanger
  • Spare Belts
  • Stainless Steel Mixing Elbow Replaced in 2014
  • Transmission: Borg Warner Velvet Drive: Rebuilt in 2002, Gear ratio of 1.91, PPS Dripless Seal, Transmission fluid cooler/heat exchanger
  • KTI Filter BOSS Commander Dual Racor Filter System with Warning Alarm
  • New Engine Control Panel and Instruments Installed at Helm in 2014: RPM, Oil pressure, temperature, alternator voltage, oil pressure alarm, high water alarm, engine hours, glow plug switch, engine key
  • Spare Prop
  • Bilge Exhaust Blower
  • Exhaust Hose Replaced in 2007
44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch Electrical
  • 110 volt and 12 volt wiring was mostly replaced in 2002/2003
  • Blue Seas Systems electrical panels with breakers, switches, wiring. Access is in aft cabin closet and is protected by removable cabinetry
  • This boat is self-sufficient in power generation and does not need dock power
  • 2 Battery Banks: House battery bank consists of 3-240 amp-hour Rolls batteries, Engine start battery bank is a West Marine deep cycle battery, Battery specific gravity refractometer
  • 3 Solar Panels: 2-135 watt solar panels with Blue Sky MPPT controller (3024i) and monitor, 1-250 watt solar panel with Blue Sky MPPT controller and monitor, Solar power can be diverted to either battery bank or to both battery banks, Solar panels can be easily removed if necessary and the 250-watt panel is adjustable to maximize sun exposure
  • KISS High Output Wind Generator: Installed on mizzen mast, Wired directly to house battery bank, On/Off switch
  • Honda 2000 gas generator
  • 80-amp Charles Industries 5000 SP Series battery charger
  • 80-amp Balmar alternator with controller – Spare 80-amp Balmar alternator
  • 60-amp Xantrex charger used as a backup and to perform battery equalization, stowed in locker
  • Duo charger for continuous charging of starter battery from house battery bank, if voltage on house bank exceeds 13 volts
  • Heart Interface Link 2000 used to monitor battery voltage and amp-hours. The associated charger and inverter are no longer on board.
  • Xantrex Link 10 for redundant battery monitoring
  • 1,000-watt pure sine-wave inverter at navigation table
  • 1,000-watt pure sine-wave inverter under dining table
  • 12-volt power points throughout the boat
  • Multiple power cords for dock power: 2 × 50′ 30-amp power cords, 2 × 25′ 30-amp power cords, splitter, several 110-volt power cords
  • Galvanic isolator (Guest 2433)
44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch Electronics
  • VHF radio transceiver, Standard Horizon Matrix with AIS: RAM3 AIS enabled mic at helm, Automated fog horn, PA speaker on mizzen mast
  • Multi-function meter, B&G Network Quad, Depth finder and knotlog at navigation station, Depth finder, knotlog and wind speed/direction in cockpit
  • Raymarine RL70C chart plotter and radar at helm
  • Raymarine RN300 GPS at navigation station
  • NECO autopilot at helm needing to be recalibrated
  • Ship’s 17″ laptop computer at navigation station: Cap’n software for navigation, currently no GPS feed
  • Yaesu System 600 HF Transceiver SSB radio: Kevlar rope antenna, Tuner, Copper strip throughout and attached to tuner
  • SCS PTC-IIe SCP Multimode PACTOR controller
  • Spare AIS receiver
  • Handheld Garmin 76C GPS
  • Kenwood KDC-255U stereo and radio at navigation station: Speakers in cabin and cockpit
  • 21″ flat panel TV mounted in salon
44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch Ground Tackle and Docking
  • 12-volt 1501 Lighthouse windlass: Foot controls on forward deck, Powered by engine starting battery, Able to handle both chain and rode, Snubber with chain hook, Washdown locker and hose, Sunbrella cover
  • Dual bow roller
  • Anchors: 25 kg Rocna plow (955#) on bow roller with custom high strength ball swivel, 60 lb CQR stowed in cockpit lazarette, Fortress FX-37 stowed on stern pulpit.
  • Chain and rode: 7/16″ × 270′ chain attached to bow anchor and stowed in chain locker located under v-berth, 7/16″ × 75′ chain stowed in rope/chain locker located in forward portion of v-berth, 5/16″ × 25′ chain attached to Fortress anchor, 3/4″ × 300′ nylon rode stowed in rope/chain locker located in forward portion of v-berth, 5/8″ × 90′ nylon rode attached to Fortress anchor, All necessary shackles and hardware on anchors
  • Full complement of black nylon dock lines ranging from 15′ to 50′ (5/8″ to 3/4″ diameter)
  • 4 Taylor-made black fenders with stainless fender holders
  • 3 inflatable fenders stowed in rope/chain locker
  • Multiple smaller Taylor-made fenders
  • 3 boat hooks, including one teak pole
44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch Safety Equipment

  • 8-man Givens life raft mounted on coach roof with cover. Status: Needs re-certification
  • Man overboard pole
  • Lifesling in fiberglass case
  • Yellow horseshoe buoy
  • Necessary flares
  • Fire extinguishers that exceed Coast Guard requirements
  • Halon extinguisher in engine compartment
  • Manual Whale bilge pump operated from cockpit
  • Emergency tiller
  • Nylon jack line
44′ Cheoy Lee Aft Cockpit Ketch Additional Equipment

  • Spectra Ventura 150 water maker installed under main salon floor: 8 gallons per hour – Installed 2012
  • Detailed maintenance log book maintained since 2007
  • Caframo 12-volt fans and clips
  • Several net hammocks for additional storage
  • Numerous spares and other equipment not listed


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