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53' Cheoy Lee 1975 Offshore 53 Ketch

  • Price: $115,000
  • Model Year: 1975
  • Boat Ref: 5470455
  • Location: Port Canaveral FL, United States
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  • Broker Name: Kevin Welsh
  • Tel. 321-693-1642

53' Cheoy Lee 1975 Offshore 53 Ketch

If you're in the market for an Amazing Blue Water vessel this is it.

"Shell Belle" is a serious long range Ketch rigged offshore cruising motor sailor designed by John G. Alden and built in Hong Kong.  She has crossed the Atlantic four times including being apart of the commemorative 500th Anniversary of the Columbus crossing.  She has also cruised the Bahamas and the Caribbean and is extensively equipped for such including John Deere 6068TFM 220 hp, Vetus Bow Thruster, 12kw Northern Lights Genset, Wind Generator, Solar, Water Maker, Washer/Dryer, Ice Maker, Large Fridge 'n Freezer, Powered Winch, etc.

Both original main and missen wooden spars were replaced in 1995 with aluminum masts and booms with Leasure Furl In Boom Furling on main.  

Teak decks were stripped in 2010 and replaced with non skid fiberglass so no teak deck leaks.

She's presently on the hard and ready for inspection at Cape Marina in Port Canaveral, Florida.

  • Full SpecsOpen or Close
    • Construction: GRP
    • Length: 53 ft
    Speed and Distance
    • Number of Engines: 1
    • EngineType: Inboard
    • Engine(s) Make: John Deere
    • Engine Model: 6068TFM
    • Engine Fuel: Diesel
    • Engine Propeller Type: 4 Blade
    • Engine Horsepower: 220.0 hp
  • DescriptionsOpen or Close


    Draft:  6 feet
    Beam:  15 feet
    Air Draft:  53.5 feet
    Displacement:  60,000 pounds


    Make: John Deere
    Model: 6068FTM
    HP: 220
    6 cyclinder
    Twin Disc Transmission
    2 inch S/S Drive Shaft
    Dripless Shaft Bearing
    24 inch prop


    450 gallons of water in 2 fiberglass tanks
    450 gallons of diesel fuel in 2 fiberglass tanks
    100 gallon fiberglass holding tank


    The vessel can sleep 8 crew in 3 staterooms and a pilot berth. The forward
    stateroom has a double berth. The crew stateroom has 2xsingle bunk beds. The
    pilot berth is located in the passageway leading to the master stateroom across
    from the engine room and finally the master stateroom has 1 single and 1
    double berth. All staterooms have plenty of closet and drawer space. The vessel
    also has 2 heads with separate showers. The forward head is adjacent to both the
    forward and crew staterooms. The aft head is located in the master stateroom.


    The galley is located forward of the salon. On the starboard side is the refrigerator
    and freezer then counter space with Microwave, ice maker, coffee maker and
    toaster. These kitchen gadgets are plugged into the 120v galley outlet and receive
    120v power from the inverter when the vessel generator or shore power are not
    on. (you can make ice, a pot of coffee or toast without starting the generator.
    A double s/s sink with hot and cold water taps, a drinking water tap connected to
    a .5 micron carbon filter under the sink and finally a salt water tap with the pump
    located under the galley floor. On the port side of the galley is the 3 burner/oven
    Princess range. A solar powered vent is located above the range. Next to the
    range is storage for dishes and a spice cupboard.

    Recent Upgrades

    New top deck with non skid surface in 2012. No leaks
    40gal p/h water maker plumbed to water tanks.
    Ventless washer dryer combo.
    ICOM SSB with auto tuner
    2 x 55 watt solar panels
    300w Leading Edge LE300 wind generator
    Bow pulpit fully replaced in 2014
    Double anchor roller system installed 2014
    10 foot A/B RIB inflatable purchased new in 2014
    Both masts and booms repainted, winches serviced and fittings insulated in 2014
    Mastervolt 4000w/200amp inverter charger installed 2014
    New dodger and bimini 2015
    Island Time wifi booster antenna w/modem

    Spar, Rigging 'n Sails

    All sails are in excellent condition. 130% genoa, main sail and mizzen sail.
    Included is a spare main sail plus several others…tri sail, storm sail, spinnaker sail
    and spinnaker pole mounted on deck. In boom Leisure furl for main sail.
    Conventional mizzen rig. Genoa and main sail can be fully reefed/furled from cockpit.
    Anderson electric winch for main sail. The vessel can easily be sailed by a couple.



    Navigation Equipment

    Raymarine chart plotter x 2
    Radar, depth sounder, speedometer, wind instruments.
    The auto pilot motor is located under the single berth in the master stateroom.
    The hydraulic fluid reservoir is conveniently located in the alcove of the aft starboard side port hole.
    Auto tuner for SSB
    ICOM VHF M502 with remote mic in cockpit
    Island Time wifi booster antenna w/modem
    2 LED TV’s and 2 Blue Ray DVD players


    50 amp 120v shore power system with new 50’power cord.
    12v house bank of 6 + 2 4D batteries.
    Mastervolt 4000w/200amp inverter charger installed 2014
    2000w inverter in saloon.
    2 x 55 watt solar panels.
    300 watt Leading Edge wind generator mounted high on mizzen mast.
    Vessel fully grounded. Both main and mizzen masts equipped with lightning
    arrestors. Main mast grounded to lightning plate.


    7 cu foot refrigerator with 1 holding plate.
    7 cu foot freezer with 3 holding plates.
    Both cooled by 1 compressor in engine room.
    1x3 cu foot Dometic refrigerator/freezer located in master stateroom.
    Vessel equipped with A/C. Compressors located in engine room, evaporators
    located in the forward stateroom, salon and master stateroom.

    Vessel Systems

    24v Vetus bow thruster with charger. 2x4D batteries in series. This system is
    located under the forward berth along with the 24v charger to charge the
    batteries. The control joystick is located at the helm.

    4000w/200amp inverter charger. This system is connected by a breaker box to
    the refrigerator, freezer and the 120v galley outlet. When the vessel is under
    generator or shore power the charger recharges the house battery bank and
    120v power flows directly to the breaker panel and equipment connected to it.
    Otherwise it uses battery power the run the refrigerator, freezer and
    whatever equipment is plugged into the galley 120v outlet.

    2000w inverter in salon. This inverter is hardwired directly to the house battery
    bank via a fuse and provides 120v power to whatever is plugged into it.

    Engine Room

    The walk-in engine room is where you will find most of the mechanical systems.
    Its size makes routine maintenance of the engine and generator uncomplicated
    tasks. Also found in the engine room are the water maker components and
    controls, the inverter/charger, solar panel, wind generator control and
    various pumps and filters. Remote control panels for both the inverter/charger
    and solar panels are located at the navigation station in the salon. Access to the
    back of the 120v and 12v electrical panel for the vessel is also located here.

    Sanitation System

    Both heads are plumbed to the fresh water system and pumped into the 100
    gallon holding tank or by way of valves pumped overboard where the law permits
    (three miles offshore in most instances). A deck fitting located on the starboard
    side is used to pump out the tank in areas where direct pump out is not

    Ground Tackle

    Double anchor roller
    88 lbs SS Delta anchor with 250’ of ½” galvanized anchor chain.
    30 lbs galvanized Bruce anchor.
    Ideal electric anchor windlass.


    New EPIRB
    Anti syphon on all though hulls
    4 Bilge pumps: primary, secondary, engine operated mechanical and manual (in cockpit)
    Bilge high water alarm

    Included in Purchase Price

    A sun shade that drapes over the main boom and gives shade to the cockpit.
    15 hp Yamaha 2 stroke outboard in excellent working order
    4 boat hooks
    2 small carts to carry fuel, water jugs and groceries
    6 diesel jugs, 4 water jugs, 2 gas jugs
    2 boarding ladders and 1 small step ladder.
    Davit system to raise tender. Pulley system to bring outboard on deck
    Paddle board and single man kayak.
    Life jackets, safety harnesses,
    Life boat
    Large inventory of spare parts
    Cockpit table

    Owners Comments

    This vessel is ready for serious long range cruising to isolated destinations.
    She has crossed the Atlantic 4 times, has cruised the Bahamas and Caribbean
    extensively and is fully equipped. On board is an extensive collection of charts
    and cruising guide from the great lakes to the Caribbean.

    Broker Comments

    The bright work can use some loving and there's a couple of port leaks that can be addressed but she's a great value for such a well equipped and seaworthy blue water boat.  The boat is presently in storage with head sail and sheets stored down below.


    All ports and hatches are screened
    All berths have 12v 2 speed fans
    Lee clothes for all berths

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    Additional Contact Information

    CONTACT Listing Broker Kevin Welsh in Melbourne at 321.693.1642

    Out-of-State buyers can now buy and use their boat in beautiful Florida for 180 days with No Florida Sales Tax! Ask your EYS broker for details.


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