Category Archives: From the Archives

From the Archives: 1977 32′ Cheoy Lee Trawler

1977 cheoy lee 32 trawler

If you haven’t figured out from previous posts, I collect old postcards and vintage boat advertisements. Oddly, I’ve found it easier to track down ads dating from the twenties clear through to the fifties for Wheeler Yachts, yet it took ages to find this lone ad for a 1977 Cheoy Lee 32′ trawler. But considering only a handful of these ‘chunky’ (yes, that was the very word I used the first time I saw Annabel Lee, and it turns out to be the very same word the shipyards chose for their ads,) boats were ever built, I suppose it makes sense.

Click on the image, and then click on what opens, and you can read all the fascinating fine print.

From the Archives: 1958 43′ Wheeler Sport Fisherman “Boma”

1958 Wheeler sport fisherman

I came across this advertisement for this magnificent 43′ Wheeler a little while back. The copy reads:

Boma is the roomy, seaworthy 43’ Wheeler Gulfstream Sport Fisherman built by the Wheeler Yacht Co. for Alberto Adura of Havana. She has fast, clean lines. Her low freeboard aft is ideal for fishing. Below: Her spacious teak cockpit, flying bridge and wide side decks are evident. The semi-enclosed salon has three section aft drop curtain with zippers and plastic inserts, convertible dinette, wide hinged settee and cabinets for Hi-Fi and radiotelephone. The boat is powered by two 4-71 GM turbo diesels.

*BOMA* A Wheeler 43’ Sport Fisherman

Latest addition to the fleet of seaworthy, modern boats built by the Wheeler Yacht Co. of Clason Point, New York 72 N.Y., is his 43-foot Wheeler Gulfstream Sport Fisherman owned by Alberto Adura of Havana, Cuba. She is powered by two 4-71 GM turbo-diesels, draws 3’ of water and has a 13’3” beam.

In accommodations the boat has crew quarters for two and a private stateroom with bath. The cabin is air condition. Convenience is enhanced by the large closets and stainless galley.

In fact, comfort was kept uppermost throughout the boat. The dual control flying bridge has a swivel steering seat. In the spacious teak cockpit there are two fishing seats with reversible back rests. In addition, two Rockaway sail fish chairs are provided.

Flush fish tanks and live well have been installed. Other fishing accessories include outriggers, gin pole, belly rail and fishing mast with lookout seats.

Special equipment includes electric refrigeration with “hold over” plates, Monel fuel and water tanks, 65 watt Ray Jefferson radiotelephone, Kelvin and White compass, Bendix automatic steering, Onan auxiliary generator, Surrette batteries, Hi-Fi, Sperry engine contro.s, Bendix depth recorder, engine alarms, Groco bilge and auxiliary pumps and a La Marche Constavolt.

All I can say is they just don’t build ’em like they used to.

From the archives: 1944 PT Boat…

1944 PT Boat

One of my favorite vintage boating ads: Mobiloil Marine products, 1944.

From the Archives: 1944 Chapmans Advertisement

chapmans 1944

(Click on the image and then click again to read all the copy – it’s quite fascinating.)