Cheoy Lee Serenity 68 Long Range Motoryacht Review


Ah… the Serenity!

Cheoy Lee’s new stress-free motoryacht makes its world debut at the Sydney International Boat Show.

The Serenity 68 Long Range Motoryacht started off as an upgrade of the very successful 1970’s Cheoy Lee 66ft Long Range, which continued production until late 2007. Cheoy Lee realised however, that a full redesign of this model was needed to take advantage of state of the art design techniques, modern construction methods and new materials. In redesigning this vessel Cheoy Lee took the proven concept of an economical, efficient and seaworthy hull and improved on the traditional trawler or expedition styling.

The fresh new look was developed by David Bentley Industrial Design Australia. High Modulus in New Zealand engineered the structural design to Germanischer Lloyd class standards, with interior design by Sylvia Bolton in Seattle.
Earlier Cheoy Lee 66s were known as efficient, comfortable, roomy and safe sea-going vessels that could just as easily cross oceans as meander along the Australian coastline. The new Serenity 68 has all those qualities, but with the redesign many improvements have been made.

Inside is a spacious saloon with dining table and impressive galley. With a king-sized master stateroom, two queen VIP staterooms and a twin guest/crew stateroom, all with large ensuites, there is ample accommodation. Twin Caterpillar C7 engines de-rated to 315hp provide a top speed of 11 knots with a range of over 1800 nautical miles at 8 knots; an important factor with today’s fuel prices.

Cheoy Lee Yachts Australia, who had a lot of input into the design of the Serenity 68, ordered the first hull and will present the first Serenity 68 at its world debut at the 2008 Sydney International Boat Show in July.

The deluxe fit-out includes Raymarine navigation package, entertainment package with TVs in the saloon and all staterooms, flybridge hardtop with clears, teak decking, BBQ on the flybridge, tender, second anchor system, Espresso coffee machine, food processor, invertor system, intercom, underwater lights, plus much more equipment. To complete the package the vessel comes with kitchenware and soft furnishings including bed linen.

All you need to do is bring your provisions and personal gear onboard, turn the key and sail away.