During our sea trial, noise emanating from the interior workings was minimal. Even so, the builder wants to further reduce noise. “We’ll round the edge of the forward inside chines slightly and put in some sound deadening up forward as well,” said Marty Isenberg, director of marketing and sales for Cheoy Lee. “That will help quiet her down even more.” The 76 feels solid and tough underneath. Like Cheoy Lee’s motoryachts, the 76 is built using monocoque construction that bonds all structural components directly to the hull.
The tanks are fiberglass and integral, another practice Cheoy Lee has executed all their designs for years. “The integral tanks are down low, increasing balance and lowering the center of gravity. The tank baffles become structural transverse web frames, while the tanks create a double bottom,” explained Isenberg.
I would like to see a tad more fuel capacity to give her a little better range. Granted, the 1,060 gallons of fuel capacity is similar to her competition’s, yet the 76’s accommodations, interior volume and equipment create a model that differs from the typical cocktail sled. She can cruise. Loading up with gear and provisions for a month in the Exumas, or maybe an adventure through Alaska’s Inside Passage, would be a no-brainer on the 76 — and it would be a hell of a fun ride that you’d want the tankage to accommodate.
De Basto put Peters’ full-body beam to good advantage. Sitting on the settee in the master stateroom, I could have been on one of Cheoy Lee’s larger motoryachts. The full-beam space is impressive. And I almost wept with happiness when I saw a hull side window that brings in the light but doesn’t detract from the boat’s clean exterior lines.
Cheoy Lee uses CNC machines almost exclusively on the interior, resulting in tight joints and precision fits. Furthermore, the intricate design details laid out by De Basto can be executed to perfection. Cored cabinetry, a practice perfected by the builder on its larger motoryachts, reduces weight for increased performance and economy. The most impressive example of this is in the master head. Rich marble created from one slab feels as if you’re standing on a piece inches thick — on the 76, it can be measured in millimeters. The marble surfaces are created with a CNC band saw and then epoxy laminated to a honeycomb core. Slick.
The galley and dinette are forward of the master suite and benefit from the atrium light created overhead by the three-panel windshield. Prepping breakfast in the large U-shape galley while the sun streams in from above before heading out for an early morning snorkel will be a joy. Equipment includes a full array of GE appliances. The settee opposite has a direct line of sight to the helm area.
Forward of the galley, there are two additional staterooms and heads. Crew accommodations are forward of the engine room.