Bold is a fitting adjective for the Cheoy Lee Global 104. And it takes a village to create a striking, bluewater-capable craft like this one. The 104 came to life through a collaboration among her owner, a renowned naval architect, an award-winning interior designer and, of course, the highly experienced Hong Kong-based shipyard.
SMART HULL SHAPE
Overing Yacht Designs created a functional hull form with generous bow flare for punching waves. The 104’s slightly raked sheer line lengthens her profile while simultaneously seeming to lower it. Incorporating prop tunnels into the yacht’s hull bottom gives her an island-friendly, 5-foot-10-inch draft.
Railings line all exterior walkways, emphasizing safety. Side decks along the salon yield to staircases going forward, allowing space for a full-beam, on-deck master. Crew can traverse the yacht from the outside without having to pass through living areas, and owners get masterful views from their abode.
SPACE IS THE PLACE
Styled by Sylvia Bolton Design, the interior includes a salon with deep, L-shaped sofas to port and starboard. A dark-tone, three-tier coffee table creates a striking contrast to the walnut wood and cream-colored vinyl wall panels. There was a need to keep simplicity in the space planning, Bolton says. The salon and dining areas are larger than first envisioned. Eliminating an athwartships walkway and pushing the bulkhead forward allowed for a buffet and 10-seat dining table.
A country kitchen on the main deck is a prep area and social zone. The portside marble countertop runs fore to aft and the full length of the space, with an elongated window above for a great view while cooking. The galley also has a dinette with a U-shaped settee, oversize table and room for a couple of stools. GE Monogram appliances include a full-height fridge/freezer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, four-burner electric cooktop, microwave and separate oven. Most appliances, electronics and ship’s systems are brands with parts and service available in North America. Cheoy Lee sources these products here and ships them to Hong Kong to be used in the yachts destined for the United States.
The master has a low-profile king berth with a padded headboard that climbs the wall and juts out along the overhead for a contemporary vibe. Plush carpeting that feels great underfoot, along with vinyl and polished-wood wall coverings, make the suite inviting. Bolton’s interior styling is fresh thanks to colorful throw pillows. “The owners were enthusiastic for bright colors, a friendly feel,” Bolton says. Complementing the space is a his-and-her en suite head with common shower, portside vanity that doubles as a work area, and starboard settee.
EVERYONE’S A VIP
Belowdecks, four staterooms accommodate at least eight guests. There’s a forward twin berth, two staterooms with queen berths and one with a king berth. Each has en suite heads with shower stalls and basin sinks, along with walnut cabinets and marble counters. Smart design work minimizes the space for the staircase and foyer while maximizing each stateroom’s living area.
A full-beam, air-conditioned sky lounge has oversize settees that accommodate as many as 15 guests, all of whom can enjoy movie night on the 75-inch flat-screen TV. There’s also a bar with fridge and a coffee table with hidden ottomans. Aft through the sliding glass doors is a wet bar topped with rosso verona marble, plus a fridge and ice maker. Got sundowners? Across is an electric grill station. A 1,700-pound davit will lower the tender and PWC that can be stowed here, or owners can drop in a few lounge chairs or a table for alfresco dining.
Forward of the sky lounge is the enclosed pilothouse with helm station. The dash is large enough for dual 19-inch displays, and the console houses the CAT engine displays, thruster/throttle controls and more. Three Stidd helm chairs make for comfortable cruising, and pilothouse doors provide access to the Portuguese bridge, sun pad and foredeck.
The owner requested a 20-knot cruising speed, so weight savings were vital. The 104’s hull, deck, superstructure, bulkheads and cabin soles are vinylester-resin infused, multi-axial E-glass reinforced, foam-cored fiberglass. Cabinetry and partitions are honeycomb-cored. Powering this 211,500-pound yacht is a pair of 1,900 hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesels. At 75 percent engine load, the 104 sped along at 21.1 knots, with the Cats burning a total of 155 gph. She topped out at 25.5 knots with the diesels burning 201 gph, resulting in a range of about 504 nautical miles. With 5,200 gallons of fuel, just pick your waypoint and go.
HAPPY CREW, HAPPY BOAT
Your crew is treated like family aboard the Cheoy Lee Global 104. There are berths for five crew in the aft quarters, with separate heads and showers, a galley and a private entrance.
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Started in 1870, Cheoy Lee Shipyards remains family-owned, currently by the fifth generation of the Lo family. A builder of commercial and sailing boats as well as yachts, Cheoy Lee stays at the forefront by utilizing the latest in steel, aluminum, fiberglass and composite materials. Production machinery includes five-axis CNC cutters, plasma cutters, milling/rolling machines, 8 mmlathes and more, all part of a 28-acre production facility.
MAKING IT HAPPEN
It’s one thing to buy a yacht. It’s another to envision your dream boat, then find a team that shares your vision and can turn it into a 104-foot, style-forward, ocean-ready reality. It’s a bold move, to be sure. But as we all know, the bold are often rewarded.