Edisto: Beginning Life Anew

An abandoned project boat turns out to be a diamond in the rough. A truly rare and unique, ketch rigged, Cheoy Lee Offshore 31.

Edisto is a beautiful 31' Cheoy Lee Offshore Ketch. She was made by Cheoy Lee Shipyard in 1969 and stamped with hull number 2107. It is thought that the Offshore 31 is based on the Bermuda 30 (in turn based on the Herreshoff 28) with an extended counter and inboard rudder. She made her way to me through a friend. She had been given to a marina by the original owner as payment for slip fees on another boat. The marina owner began a refit on her, removing and relaying the core and relaying the deck in fiberglass. Sitting there half finished with all of her parts, the marina went through an unfortunate foreclosure. The bank did not want the boat on the property any longer and since the marina had never filed for official ownership, it reverted back to the original owner.

The original owner wanted to see his beauty restored to her former glory, but no longer had the interest or ability to do it. He sold her to me at a very very very very affordable price and has offered assistance in putting Edisto back together. Other than the fact that she has been gut, all of her parts are there, including the masts and booms, teak, electrical, etc. This only means that the cabin can be put back together to better suit my needs.

Before I purchased her, Edisto was sitting on the hard. Part of my responsibility in the sale was to remove her from the property. Several options were explored. Moving her over land and being stored on the hard was going to run me around $1200. For less than half of that price, I had her painted (after being inspected), put into the water, loaded with all parts and towed to her slip in the marina that I had chosen.

I have decided that since a complete refit is in the cards, I am going to take the time to modernize her a bit. There are plans for an upgraded electrical system using the latest low amperage technologies and LED lighting systems. I will also be adding solar and wind generators at some point. For now, Edisto spends her days tucked safely in her slip awaiting our arrival. Once there we will be able to take an inventory and assess what needs to be done. This will allow us to prioritize a to do list and get tot work.



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JT has backgrounds in electronics engineering, software development/engineering and video production. He has always had a great love for the outdoors and the ocean in particular. His enthusiam for sailing, long distance backpacking and survivalism fuels his passion for traveling and adventure.