St. Clair Sailboat Center
Located @ Jefferson Beach Marina 24400 E. Jefferson
St. Clair Shores, Michigan, US, 48080
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1963 Cheoy Lee 36

location icon Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
Year 1963
Length 36 ft

The story of "Flying Buffalo" (Cheoy Lee Offshore 36 #1) is a great story about the infancy of our great sport, and the accomplishment of another member of the "Great Generation". Please go to Brokers Notes in the listing for full details.


Year Built 1963
Category Sail
Length Overall 35'3 ft
Beam 10'1 ft
Max Draft 4'5 ft
Construction Fiberglass
Hull ID clyoooo1a363
Keel Full Keel
Displacement 13,955 lb
Brokers Notes

Flying Buffalo and the Cheoy Lee  Offshore 36 was what happened when a member of our Great Generation decides to do something, THEY DID IT! Flying Buffalo came to life because a succesful Detroit area, sailor, auto industry engineer decided he wanted a bigger faster boat then the class boat of the day, the Pilot. He started out by making 3' models of both hulls and water tested them with a makeshift towing rig that would get them up to speed and release them. The Flying Buffalo prototype would always coast out in front of the other model proving it speed potential. As they say necessity is the mother of invention! Built with the help of family and friends over a 3 years, in a friends garage the boat was launched in 1962. It quickly became the boat to beat and the boat that attracted the best of the best in local sailing. It's design was sold to Cheoy Lee Yachts  and was manufactured as the Offshore 36 for the next 10 year, with a 1000 hulls being sold. Not bad for a homemade effort!!!

The prototype  "Flying Buffalo" has been well traveled, from another Detroit area sailor that took a bunch more flags, to Florida only and surviving a hurricane, and eventually to a North East coast owner that did the first major rebuild. The two sons decided to buy it and bring it home for another major refit and a few more flags along the way. The list is impressive, all new Harken hardware, new electronics, new teak deck, new motor, and an off the charts sail inventory (one son is a long time sailmaker). Now you get to own a bit of yachting history, that is an absolute "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing".   

Refit Detail
  • 2016
  • New Main Bulkheads
  • New Teak Decks
  • New Main Hatch
  • Bottom Long Boarded, Faired, and Sealed
  • New Harken Adjustable Genoa Leads
  • New Harken Traveler
  • 4 New Harken St Winches
  • All New Deck Hardware
  • 2017
  • New Bata Marine Diesel Motor
  • New Electrical Wiring 
  • New Plumbing
    New Head and Holding Tank
  • New Galley and Hanging Locker
  • Mast Sanded, Stained, and Varnished
  • All new blocks and Halyards
  • New Forward Hatch
  • New Dorade's
  • 2018
  • Faired, Sealed, And Painted Topsides
  • New Rudder Bearings
  • New Ports
  • New Instruments
  • Updated Interior Paint and Varnish
  • New Port Side Cabin Storage Bins.
  • New Bow Pulpit
  • New Cushions
  • 2019
  • Complete Restoration of Exterior Varnish
  • Interior Painting and Varnish Updates
  • As I Said Off The Charts!!!
  • The Entire Inventory is Like New
  • Upwind
  • 2017 North 3Di Main
  • 2015 Doyle Main
  • 2015 Lt #1 Med Doyle
  • 2017 Lt/Med #1 North
  • 2015 Lt #1 Doyle
  • 2015 Hvy #1 Doyle
  • 2015 #2 Doyle
  • 2018 #3 UK
  • 2015 Storm Jib Doyle
  • 2015 Spin Staysail Doyle
  • 2018 Genoa Staysail Sobstad
  • Downwind
  • 2018 A-1.5 Doyle
  • 2017 S-2 North
  • 2015 S-4 Doyle
  • 2015 A-3 Doyle
  • 2015 Code Zero Doyle
  • 2018 Tweener Doyle
  • Back-up Sails
  • #3 Doyle 2015
  • A-1.5 Doyle 2015
  • S-2 Doyle 2015
  • Dacron Main
  • Dacron Genoa
  • Safety Equipment
  • All USCG Required Equipment
  • All Mackinac Race Safety Gear
  • Additional Equipment
  • Navtec Backstay Adj
  • Harken Furler
  • Carbon Spin Pole
  • All New Spinlocks P & S
  • All Selftailing Winches
  • New Garmin Electronics
  • 20/20 Garmin Displays Forward
  • Garmin 547 GPS Plotter
  • Std Horizon VHF
  • All New Blue Seas Electrical System
  • 20 AMP Battery Charger
Race Record
  • Original Record
  • Bayview Mackinac 1964, 1967, 1968
  • Chicago Mackinac Overall 1966, 1968
  • Mills Race Overall 1966, 1967, 1968
  • Modern Record
  • Bayview Mackinac 2015 1st in Class and Overall
  • Chicago Mackinac 2016, 2017 1st in Class 1st and 2nd Overall
  •  Bayview Mackinac 2018 1st in Class 1st Overall
  • North Channel Race 2018 1ST in Class 1 Overall
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Contact Information

Please cantact Bob Reed at 586 530-3316 or