This is my 1965 Cheoy Lee Offshore 27 sloop, which was purchased in Seattle in the summer of 1999. This boat has always hailed from the Pacific Northwest, for sale for a fourth time. 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, she has been kept moored in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon.
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, the Kvetch IV, at almost 35 years old, was found to be badly in need of upgrades. In 2001 I had her hauled out and put in 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 paint job 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 blog. Among this was an upgrade to the pedestal binnacle for new engine controls, the battery charging systems, new AC/DC panel, interior rot, ventilation, new portlights, and so much more.
She finally left the boatyard in the summer of 2004. Her brightwork was much improved, and her electrical and plumbing were upgraded to ABYC standards. I subsequently refinished her mast for a second time and had it stepped in 2006 after some essential topside work.
In the late summer of 2012 as I worked on exterior brightwork I once again had her mast unstepped for a third refinishing and moved Bisous back under cover, completing this in the summer of 2015. Time can move slowly in life.
Then in July of 2015 I had the newly-finished mast stepped and moved her from the Columbia River in Portland to the scenic and bucolic Multnomah Channel of the Willamette River. Here I’ve been working on her brightwork, and finishing the interior projects.
Bisous is now for sale, although I continue to work on her cabin issues, which I’ve neglected to complete over the years.