1979 Cheoy Lee 44 Ketch

1979 Cheoy Lee 44 Ketch Ketch for sale
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About the 1979 Cheoy Lee 44 Ketch

The Cheoy Lee 44 Ketch stands as a testament to timeless design and exceptional craftsmanship. With its solid fiberglass hull, encapsulated keel, classic ketch rig, and reliable Perkins diesel engine, this vessel promises a sailing experience that blends classic elegance with strength and reliability.

The spacious interior layout, featuring rich wood and ample storage, provides a cozy retreat for extended cruising. Moreover, the yacht’s heavy construction and well-balanced, time-tested design ensure a smooth and stable ride, minimizing discomfort in heavier seas.

The previous owner refitted the boat for offshore travel between 2006 and 2009 including new masts, standing rigging, rebuilt engine, new through hulls, and a renewal of the bottom including drying out, new barrier coat, and bottom paint. All said about $85,000 USD was spent to bring the boat up to a reliable offshore cruising standard.

The boat was kept in freshwater from 2010 to 2021 when it was brought to Nanaimo.

In 2021 she went through a complete electrical audit and systems were replaced as recommended. New batteries, wiring, inverter/charger, and control panel were added.

There is a lot to love and respect about this vessel.



Stepping below is entering a world of rich wood, cozy spaces, and comfort.

As you drop down the companionway stairs, you will see a long settee to starboard then the nav station. To port is a door to the aft cabin. Forward of that cabin is a head. Forward of that is the galley. Forward of the galley and nav station is the saloon with two long settees graced in elegant black upholstery lining each side with a table between them. Forward of the saloon is a head to port and large hanging locker to starboard, and then the V-berth.

The living area is open and well-appointed with ample teak and fine fabrics. The sole and trim are teak, creating the kind of warmth that can only be achieved from fine wood. Overhead is a cream colour, surrounded by ample windows, creating a bright and comfortable space. There is a dorade vent midships and three hatches for ample circulation in warm climates.

The galley is cleverly designed with ample food prep space, storage, and ventilation. The staterooms have berths to comfortably accommodate two with ample storage spaces. The heads have manual flush toilets, teak grates, basins, countertops, and opening portholes. 

Lighting - Incandescent and halogen

Stove - Force 10, 3-burner w oven, propane

Fridge/Freezer - dler Barbour

Teak soles

Sony AM/FM/CD player w remote control

Electrical bilge pump

Manual bilge pump

Packless Sealing system stuffing box

2 x Jabsco manual toilets

High water alarm

Electronics and electrical

A dependable mix of modern and basic best describes this category. The electrical system underwent a full audit in 2021 and all recommendations were completed.

House batteries (2021) 2 x 12V 8D Lifeline AGM

Starting battery (2021)   12V Optimus starting

Battery Monitor

Inverter /charger (2021) 2000W-100A Stervolt

Solar panels                  2 X 50 watts

Solar monitor                Blue Sky Solar Boost 2000E

CO2 monitor

The wiring is factory installed marine grade tinned copper and considered in good condition

50’ 30-amp shore power cord

Garmin GPS

Radar (needs maintenance or replacement)

Raymarine wind

Raymarine depth

Raymarine speed

iCom VHF

iCom SSB

Rigging, Deck, Ground Tackle

Completely re-rigged in 2008-2009 with new masts and standing rigging.

Aluminum masts

Double spreaders

Pro Furl roller furling forestay

Adjustable backstays

Rigid boom vang

Mainsail with two reef points and lazy jacks

Mizzen sail

135 Genoa on roller furling

Spare 130% genoa


Asymmetric Spinnaker used less than 10 times.

Harken tackle blocks

Upgraded Barient and Lewmar 2-speed self-taling winches at masts and in the cockpit.

Cable wheel steering

Mast safety bars

Rocna 33 anchor w 300’ 0f 3/8” galvanized chain

Electric Lewmar windlass w foot switches at the bow

Additional details

Stryker RHIB

2007 Mercury 6HP 4-stroke

Magma ss BBQ

Yamaha portable generator

Lots of spares, maintenance and repair equipment including a host of tools both manual and electric.

Bosuns chair

Spare Fortress anchor with chain and rode

The current owner has removed and re-bedded all hatches and removed the headliner to expose all through hull fittings and re-bedded as required.

It has a water- maker but has been unused for 14 years and in unknown condition.


Cheoy Lee
44 Ketch
44 feet
$ 79,000 CAD
Nanaimo BC
Fuel Type
Hull Material

Dimensions & Other Specs


Overall Length
43ft 10in
Length at Waterline
37ft 8in
Max. Draft
6ft in
13ft 3in


11400 lbs
27200 lbs


Electrical Circuit


Fresh Water Tank
150 gal
Fuel Tank
100 gal
Holding Tank
30 gal


Single Berths
Double Berths


  • Engine 1 of 1

    Engine Make
    Engine Model
    Engine Year
    Total Power
    55 hp
    Engine Hours
    772 hrs
    Engine Type
    Drive Type
    Direct Drive
    Fuel Type
    Propeller Type
    Propeller Material
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