|Now in its fourth generation of operation, the shipyard is owned and operated by eight brothers from the same family that established the yard over a century ago. Beginning as a building and a repair yard at Po Tung Point in Shanghai, Cheoy Lee began producing steam powered craft. After 1936, the family moved the business to what was then the British territory of Hong Kong.|
By the mid 1950's, the shipyard diversified into the production of teak sailing and motor yachts and the success of the newly formed pleasure craft division was soon apparent. By the mid 1960's, 90% of the company's production was pleasure craft, with many vessels being exported to the United States.
During the 1960's, Cheoy Lee was one of the pioneers in the development, testing and use of fiberglass construction techniques, and soon thereafter, wood construction was phased out. The yard was to become a forerunner in the use of GRP/Foam sandwich technology in the marine field, commonplace today.
In 1977, Cheoy Lee built the world's largest GRP vessel of the time, the 130' motorsailer "Shango II." With advances in GRP technology, the shipyard is able to build large "one off" custom motoryachts, like the Frank Mulder designed 145' "SeaShaw," launched in 1996.
The company's main production facility has moved from Lantau Island, the main shipbuilding facility for over 50 years, to a new purpose-built, state-of-the-art shipyard facility on the Pearl River at Doumen, 60 miles from Hong Kong on mainland China.