Alexander Marine are pleased to have SOLD the 2008 Cheoy Lee Serenity 68ft long range full displacement motor yacht 'Exile'.
From the moment you lay eyes on 'Exile', and likewise when you step onboard, you would observe she was a high volume and immensely capable full displacement motor yacht perfectly adapted to long range cruising - around Australia or beyond. She was constructed by the highly regarded Cheoy Lee shipyard for the Australian dealer - her interior finishes were just lovely and likewise the quality of her engineering was assured as a function of Cheoy Lee's almost 150 year history with a focus on commercial vessels.
'Exile' was first owned for a short period of time by a South Australian, and was purchased by her previous 2nd owner with very limited use and low hours as her original owner opted to build a larger Cheoy Lee motoryacht. Her previous owner had lavished the boat with constant upgrades - it was upgraded electronics - to ensure she was always blue water ready.
Entry up onto the cockpit was via a teak treaded curved staircase from the swim platform, or from side access gates to both port and starboard (to which a set of collapsible removable steps could be attached). If boarding via the swim platform you would observe the S/S safety rails that enclosed the entire swim platform. A swim ladder was installed under the teak swim platform. Dual bait boards would assist with bait preparation and cleaning the catch of the day.
Up in the cockpit, which was teak laid, a curved fixed benchseat was installed from the centre out to the portside. A high gloss teak table complimented the bench seat. Additional loose deck chairs were positioned to accommodate further guests. The entire cockpit was protected from the elements by way of the hardtop overhang (combined with a small fixed extended euro awning to add even more shade). Mesh breezeaway covers provided a further element of weather/bug protection or privacy and completely enclose the aft of the cockpit. A granite topped storage cabinet complete with a small sink was installed to port against the saloon bulkhead. To starboard are twin drawer fridges to ensure a cold beverage is always close at hand, above which is the impressive ships bell (who's turn was it for a round of drinks?). Stainless steel framed glazing separated the cockpit from the saloon.
Venturing forward the wide side decks were low maintenance painted non-skid finished (as was the foredeck) complimented by varnished teak capped high bulwarks which provided peace of mind for young and old shipmates as they move around the boat. Cockpit wing doors were installed on each side deck and could be closed to stop wind and rain entering the cockpit area. Large frameless glass saloon glazing was apparent as you head toward the bow of 'Exile' providing good natural light into her interior. At rest "flopper stopper" stabilizers were installed/stowed on each cabin side ready for prompt deployment - yet again evidencing her suitability to undertake long range cruising in absolute comfort and safety. Naiad fin stabilizers were installed for use when underway. Further up the side decks you approach 'Exile's' Portuguese bridge which was designed to shed any green water quickly overboard when underway.
Inside the portugese bridge provided valuable rope and deck equipment storage. The foredeck itself included two forward facing bench seats to port and starboard (with storage under - including housing the ships parachute sea anchor) each with comfortable upholstery and a small table - a perfect spot in which to enjoy sundowners. Her tough "ship like" anchoring equipment dominated the very pointy end of the foredeck - dual vertical windlasses are connected to sizable chain and a pair of kedge pocket anchors nest into the custom made bow stainless steel anchor fascia. The anchoring equipment was all heavy duty stuff!
Entering the saloon via a s/s framed sliding glass door - which could be pinned at various positions to allow controlled natural ventilation. Her gloss teak interior timber finishes were both attractive and timeless. The quality of her joinery - in fact throughout the boat including stunning detailed inlay work in various areas including cabin doors - was to a very high standard. She showed very little wear. Immediately as you entered the saloon to starboard you had a storage and entertainment cabinet. To the portside there was an ultraleather inline three seater couch. To starboard, towards the front of the saloon, additional single seat occasional furniture had been arranged around a coffee table - this area was suitable for the installation of a formal dining table.
The galley served out over a hightop to where the coffee table was currently positioned. Aft of the occasional seating area was a staircase down to the aft guest accommodation. The saloon sole was a mocha carpet over full teak and holly floors should that be the preference. 'Exile's' galley was spacious and well equipped featuring granite benchtops, and an upright full height fridge/freezer, Garbage compactor, and Bosch appliances. And lots of cupboard storage everywhere you looked.
Guest accommodation onboard 'Exile' was segregated into the bow and stern - providing maximum separation and privacy. 'Exile' offered an impressive 4 cabin and 4 head accommodation layout - with each head having a separate shower stall. The aft accommodation comprises two cabins. As you arrived down into the aft foyer landing - which featured a lovely inlaid floor feature and an illuminated wall art installation - you had the option of turning to starboard/towards the bow which was the Master cabin or turning to port/towards the stern which was a guest stateroom. Starting with the aft guest stateroom - which was occupying the full volume inside her canoe stern profile - this cabin featured a centreline king sized bed with good storage to both port and starboard. The head for the aft guest cabin was located to port and forward. As for the master cabin, as the beam of the boat increased, this was a large space. The master featured a centreline king size aft facing bed. To port was a walk in robe, and to starboard a spacious head including a spa bath! Her bathrooms throughout the boat featured marble tiled floors - her bathroom benchtops were all stone - the build quality and high specification were easy to see. Both aft cabins featured portholes for light and ventilation - the master cabin ones being larger and featuring heavy S/S storm covers that could be dogged shut when crossing oceans.
There was emergency access from the master cabin walk-in robe into the engine room via a watertight door too. Back on deck, forward of the saloon and galley, you enter the spacious and well equipped pilothouse which offered excellent visibility. 'Exile' was configured with a closed bulkhead pilothouse - so as the boat can operate 24/7 while the crew can maintain normal use of the galley and saloon without interrupting the safe passage of the boat. Her navigation equipment included the very latest dual Raymarine Axiom touch screen electronics, latest spec Raymarine radar, FLIR night vision camera, and an Interphase forward facing sonar. Dual pilothouse doors provided ease of access out onto each side deck and lots of natural ventilation if that was the preference (otherwise the boat was completely air conditioned should that be the preference). Docking 'Exile' was assisted by a bow thruster, and a wired docking remote that could be plugged into either the cockpit or on the flybridge. Like most full displacement vessels she was very well mannered when docking - a combination of her substantial weight and full keel. Vision from the flybridge when docking (especially when using the remote) was excellent. She could therefore be managed by a husband and wife team.
Entry up to the spacious flybridge via a staircase to port from opposite the galley, immediately aft of the pilothouse bulkhead. The flybridge is enclosed with clears to three sides - the aft enclosure being a black shade mesh that could be rolled up and out of the way when not required. The centreline helm station was equipped with a full complement of electronics and featured dual helm seats providing a great view for the skipper and navigator. An L-shaped settee and high gloss teak table made this a wonderful area in which to entertain guests - with a great view!
To starboard opposite the settee you would observe a fly bridge granite topped wet bar complete with sink, Miele grill, storage and a drinks fridge. A Weber BBQ was rail mounted just aft of where the hardtop finished. Aft of the settee large equipment storage cupboards featured oversized top opening doors. The boat was very capable and well equipped 3.8m centre console Swift RIB was stowed up aft. The tender was launched and retrieved via a 1250lbs fully hydraulic davit. When the tender is in the water removable stanchions could be installed across the aft of the boat deck to make this area child friendly and a wonderful spot for sun lovers.
The ships life raft was also mounted on the aft boat deck. From the pilothouse, to the portside, access to the lower forward accommodation and engine room was made possible via a wide open treaded staircase. In the bow a spacious VIP cabin featured an island queen size bed. This cabin featured natural light and ventilation courtesy of an overhead hatch (also an emergency exit point) and portholes in the hullsides. The forward cabin had its own spacious head and spacious separate shower stall. Under the forward bed you would find the bow thruster installation with a dedicated battery bank. Under floor up forward was a plumbing room that housed the ships watermarker. A twin single over and under bunk cabin was positioned to starboard and its ensuite doubled as a day head. The ships laundry was found in this area including Miele Washing and Miele Clothes Drying machines. Access to the engine room via this area also.
Entry to the full height stand-up engine room via a substantial watertight door. The engine room was well laid out and featured a matching set of Onan Gensets against the forward bulkhead as soon as you entered the space. 'Exile's' ever reliable Cat C-7's were spaced well apart to permit the centreline installation of stacked batteries (the house batteries were as new). Other notable equipment included access to her Naiad stabilizer heads, a fuel polishing system, air conditioning equipment, hot water service, duplicated battery charging equipment, inverter, solar installation regulator, supersize fire suppression bottle (it was clear Cheoy Lee build big boats as you look at the engine room installation onboard 'Exile'!) and lastly her fuel transfer pump and manifold. Outboard of each engine you would note two of her five fuel tanks for a total fuel volume of approx. 8000 litres.
In summary, her engineering and systems were to a very high standard, were easily serviceable, and should give her new owner great confidence in steaming off to remote locations. Note 'Exile' was equipped with an extensive range of spares in preparation for her to undertake a remote passage at short notice. Whether it be Sydney Harbour, the Kimberley, or the Fiji Islands 'Exile' will take her new owner to whatever location they desire in comfort, safety and style. She was smooth, quiet and fuel efficient underway.