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Sold – 30ft CHEOY LEE ‘CRUISAIRE’ KETCH – GRP/TEAK built 1970 – Lying: South Coast

30ft. CRUISAIRE CLIPPER KETCH, designed by Alfred Luders, built 1970 for London Boat Show, Earls Court by Cheoy Lee Shipyard Ltd. Hong Kong


“A stylish and practical cruising yacht offering surprisingly spacious accommodation for her size with a large centre cockpit and traditional ketch rig. Low maintenance moulded hull, teak fitted. A rare yacht in the UK from this well-respected yacht yard”

Boat Details

Overall Length: 30ft on deck
Waterline: 23ft
Beam: 10ft 7ins
Draught: 2ft 6ins / 6ft plate down
Displacement: 11 Tons T M
Engine: 47hp Perkins Diesel
Berths: Four Berths in Three Cabins
Sail: Ketch Cutter Rig
Designer: Alfred Luders
Builder: Cheoy Lee Shipyard, Hong Kong
Year Built: 1970
Location: South Coast


The Cruisaire 30 design, drawn by successful naval architect Alfred Luders (1909-1999) was first produced in 1969 by the well respected Cheoy-Lee Shipyard, Hong Kong.

Cheoy-Lee Shipyard first established in 1870 moved to the Hong Kong yard in 1936 and still in the same family ownership began producing teak sailing and motor-yachts for notable designers of the era.

The yard were pioneers in the early 1960s of GRP moulded construction and became fore-runners in pleasure craft by the mid-1960s.

The Cruisaire 30 was a popular centre-plate design mostly exported to the USA. The hull is fitted out in teak with laid decks, teak coachroof and cockpit.

Originally designed as a masthead cutter the rig was reconfigured in the 1980s. The present Bermudian ketch rig has easily managed sail areas from the large centre-cockpit.

FIA FIA 11 was built for the 1971 London Boat Show at Earls Court. She was photographed with Prime Minister Edward Heath opening the show.

D G R Grundy became her first registered owner keeping her in Chichester Harbour. The current owners bought her through Classic Yacht Brokerage in the mid-1990s and gave her a re-fit before sailing her for over 20 years in the Solent.

Lack of time now dictates a sale of this versatile, quality vessel with her distinctive clipper bow, pronounced sheer and useful shoal-draught ideal for drying moorings or estuary sailing.

Five berths in three cabins with quality teak joinery throughout, dovetailed joints to lockers and drawers, teak and holly cabin sole.

Fore Cabin: Berths to port and starboard, fore-hatch, chain locker.

Saloon: Settee berth to port, a mechanism for centre-plate on aft bulkhead with casing forming a saloon table. Galley to starboard with cooker, sink unit, pantry lockers and cutlery drawers.

Steps up to: Centre Cockpit with teak locker seats, wheel steering, binnacle compass, access beneath sole to: 47hp PERKINS DIESEL ENGINE

Aft Cabin: Berths to port and starboard.

RIG: Keel stepped main mast and mizzen on aft bridge. Stainless steel standing rigging. Recent sail covers.

Stainless steel dinghy davits.

Quality original deck hardware.

Owner supplied images.

GUIDE: SOLD – December 2021

LYING: South Coast


DISCLAIMER: Classic Yacht Brokerage offer the details and photographs of this vessel in good faith as a guide but cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information or images, or warrant the condition of the vessel, machinery or rig. Buyers should instruct their representative, agents or their surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer requires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.