Bisous is a 1965 Cheoy Lee Offshore 27 sloop which I had purchased in Seattle in the summer of 1999. This boat has always hailed from the Pacific Northwest, and I am the third owner. Her two previous owners lived in the Seattle area, and her next-previous owner named her Kvetch IV, apparently after his family of three women. I never learned what her original name was. She is now for sale.
Since acquiring her, I’ve kept her moored in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon. I’ve kept a digital journal of my years with Bisous. I’ve undertaken so many upgrades that this journal has been invaluable in reminding me of what prompted each of them.
She wasn’t in the greatest shape when I bought her. She was 34 years old and still mostly original apart from the re-powering. The rains of this part of the country had introduced quite a bit of rot below deck. In addition, her systems were all antiquated, and mostly non-functional.
For the first two years of ownership I sailed her on the Columbia River between Vancouver Washington and Portland Oregon with friends and family. Then, in 2001, I had her hauled out and settled into a local DIY boatyard where she remained for the next three years, undergoing major and minor work.
I re-named her Bisous during this time, and in addition to my original plan for a new coat of paint and better engine controls, I plunged into a huge overhaul over the next three years, during which she had all essential systems upgraded as described in this chronicle of my years with this amazing boat.
Bisous is now for sale, although I continue to work on her below deck, which has been my focus this year. I am making the bunk cushions I’d started many years ago, painting and putting the cabins to right.