SmallShip Builders Since 1870

Engineered for a Lifetime at Sea

Innovators of Marine Eco-Systems




Cheoy Lee Yachts have been continuous boat-builders for over 135 years building a whole range of small ships from ocean-going tugs, large catamaran ferries (Australian Designed), landing craft, tankers, patrol boats and a range of luxury ocean-going yachts.

In the early 60’s Cheoy Lee was a pioneer in the development, testing and use of fibreglass in vessel construction followed by GRP/foam sandwich construction, the main method of today’s construction for luxury yachts.

Cheoy Lee Shipyards build a large number of commercial and luxury pleasure craft.


Commercial vessels such as ocean-going tugs, special-purpose vessels for oil & gas pipe-laying and service vessels that are built for the operators on the North-West shelf of Australia, haulage tugs for the Panama Canal Authority, Patrol and Pilot vessels for many countries including Australia are all part of the Cheoy Lee ship-building business.


Separate factories all within the same complex specialise in steel hulls, aluminium, fibreglass and now composite materials.  Expertise from these operations also assist the Luxury Yacht Division.  This is why the Cheoy Lee engine rooms are simply so well ‘put together’.  It is the know-how from all the other sections of the company that is used in the Super-Yacht Yard.


One of the world’s latest luxury yachts, the MARCO POLO, was built in the Cheoy Lee yard.  It is a steel hull with composite superstructure, the combination of which was only possible in two yards in the world.  Cheoy Lee was awarded the construction due to their experience and expertise.


The BRAVO Luxury Motor Yacht Range:

The Luxury Yacht Division has recently added a number of new vessels to the range.  In the BRAVO Range the new Bravo 78 Sports Motor Yacht made its debut at the Miami Boat Show. It has now been joined by the all-new Bravo 88.

Both these vessels are supplied only with an extensive equipment list and Superior Finish.


The SERENITY Series:

A completely new range that relates back to the early days of Cheoy Lee – famous for their long-distance, ocean-crossing cruising yachts. More than 60 years ago these vessels became renowned for their reliability, safe sea-keeping qualities and for plain good old-fashioned comfort.

The first vessel in the new Range, the SERENITY 68 was recently delivered to Australia.


The smallest vessel of the new range, the exciting SERENITY 61 is now in production.  First hull (5007)will be received by Cheoy Lee, Australia.

Watch for it because it is revolutionary in the design and concept of long-range displacement ocean-cruising vessels..

This is the new long-distance genre being introduced by Cheoy Lee – cruising with the ease of Adaptive Joystick Control, the comfort of stabilizers, high safe sides for ocean work, lines that are modern and yet timeless as with all Cheoy Lee boats.


The first hull of the new SERENITY EXPEDITION 90 has already been sold again into Australia. It is the ‘little tramp steamer’ of the sea, well-engineered, strongly built, very comfortable, superb finish, timeless lines.


Its ‘big sister’ the SERENITY EXPEDITION 128 is really your own private island trader!


The SERENITY 83 will be the first of the new Eco-Series Diesel-Electric ships.

See the interesting write-up in Newsletter VOL 7. 

This vessel is at the forefront of the coming changes in Luxury Yacht propulsion.


All Serenity Series are displacement vessels.  The new displacement designs are a far cry from the old rolling round-bilge boats of yesteryear.  Computer designed hulls have produced a new style of ocean cruiser.  Cheoy Lee has combined the modern looks of to-day with the time-tested principles of long-distance ocean travel.

Their experience of some 140 years is not without its advantages!



An entirely new design range of long-distance world-cruising displacement vessels using single engine Schottel drive propulsion (similar to large powerful ocean-going tugs of which Cheoy Lee Commeercial is a leading world supplier).

Three hull sizes are available, 34m. 38m and 46m. Each vessel is then custom finished to owner requirements. Large cost savings are effected by using one of the standard hull designs as the basic platform.



Finally, in the Cheoy Lee extensive shipyards one-off individual design luxury yachts are always in the course of construction.  The vessel is naval architect desined in every aspect including size for the particular requirements of the client.

The custom-build yacht business is an important segment of the Cheoy Lee Factory.



You probably do not know this – unless you are lucky enough to have a yacht being built in the Cheoy Lee yard – the construction progress of each vessel can be viewed by our clients using a ‘special entry portal’ in the Cheoy Lee website. 

Only two companies worldwide offer this service.

(The ‘workers’ are issued with new white photo-appealing overalls every day!)