This blog is about a 1965 Cheoy Lee Offshore 27 sloop, which I bought from a dealer at Goves Cove in Seattle in the summer of 1999. She was sold to me with a faulty title stating that she was a 1967 model, built by Inter Chem Eng. Later communications with Cheoy Lee Shipyards in Hong Kong revealed that this boat is actually a 1965 model, and was indeed built in the Cheoy Lee shipyards. The why and how of the faulty title will never be uncovered, and from what I know of the boat, she has always been in the Pacific Northwest. Her two previous owners lived in the Seattle area, and the only upgrade made to her up to the time I bought her was a re-powering, probably some time in the mid-1980s, with a Universal 18 diesel engine. I bought her on a whim, completely enchanted with her looks, and have kept her moored in the Portland, Oregon area ever since.
I initially moored her at McCuddy’s Marina on NE Marine Drive and sailed her on the Columbia for the first two years I owned her. Then in 2001, finding that she needed a few upgrades, I put her in a DIY boatyard where she stayed for the next three years undergoing major and minor work. During this time there were separations and the sale of a house, a move to Astoria, many months out of work, a move back to Portland and the arrival of my sister from the east coast who needed care. During these years in the boatyard I learned more about boat systems than I would have ever imagined, largely pushed into it by the boatyard shop, which didn’t always respond as hoped and expected.
When the newly-named Bisous left the boatyard in the summer of 2004, she was without a mast as there was still some work that needed to be done, but she was newly painted, her brightwork was much improved, and her electrical and plumbing were upgraded to code. I moored her under cover at Jantzen Bay Marina on Hayden Island and her mast was moved to a friend’s back yard, where I spent my spare hours repairing and refinishing it. My spare time over the following two years was also spent working on Bisous’ decks, her rigging and some major changes in the forward cabin. Throughout this time there was a huge investment in the care of my sister who was in and out of the hospital, far more loss of work as a result of the previous Enron scandal, some very upsetting family issues, and a move into a very big house that I thought I might eventually buy.
Then in the summer of 2006 I moved Bisous to an open slip at Hayden Bay Marina, and the mast was finally stepped. There still were issues with the rigging, which was not all in place to take her out sailing, but she was fine to take out motoring which was a huge comfort. At this time I took some travel assignments, with work in New England and in California. Sometimes I was home on weekends, but most often I wasn’t. The big house went up for sale at the very end of the housing boom in 2007, and my offer was rejected in favor of a price $150,000 more than I felt I wanted to pay. Discouraged and disillusioned, I moved my sister into her own apartment and bought an old trawler to live in. The big house finally sold for slightly more than my offer had been, but by that time I had moved on.
In the Spring of 2011 I moved Bisous to an open slip at Salpare Bay Marina on Hayden Island. This marina was relatively new and largely unknown at that time, but for Portland it was and still is state-of-the-art for marina facilities in this area. My travel assignments continued and I spent the first half of 2012 on assignment in Europe. During this time my sister moved back to New England to live and my care of her ceased at the end of 2011.
By the late summer of 2012 Salpare had grown in popularity and become a favorite destination for motor boaters, many of whom loved to gather and party loudly. As a result I decided to move to a quieter marina, and moved Bisous back under cover at Jantzen Bay Marina. I had Bisous’ mast unstepped and moved to the DIY boatyard at that time. The mast was subsequently put inside the boatyard’s building where it is currently stored awaiting a new coat of varnish.
I grew more and more disillusioned with the management of the Columbia Crossings marinas and with the commute bottleneck for getting onto the island. In late December of 2012, I moved Bisous to an under-cover slip at Rodgers Marine, located right on the Columbia River at the Portland International Airport.
In December 2014 I moved her to Rocky Pointe Marina on the Multnomah Channel, anxious to get away from the overwhelming airport traffic and the intense river wakes on the Columbia River. She’s under cover for the time being as I work on her mast and some other projects. My name is Denise and I continue to live on my old trawler nearby while I work on finishing major projects on Bisous.