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Cheoy Lee explorer yacht Qing begins Rivergate Marina refit

Moored at Brisbane’s Rivergate Marina since March, the 46 metre Cheoy Lee explorer yacht Qing will extend her stay through the winter months for a substantial refit.

This steel-hulled yacht was originally booked in for her five-year Lloyd’s survey, but the owner has decided to undertake more extensive upgrades after being impressed by the quality of the marina’s work.

Andrew Cannon, general manager of Rivergate Marina Services, said: “We have enjoyed having her here, and her crew have been generous in their praise for Rivergate and the hospitality they have experienced while in Brisbane.”

Launched in 2012, Qing was built to a design by Ron Holland, who also contributed her naval architecture. She is one of the largest yachts from Cheoy Lee to date, second only to the 51.91 metre Seashaw, which was launched back in 2004.

Her ruby-red hull, which makes her instantly recognisable wherever she goes, is a tribute to the Song dynasty legend that inspired her original name Mazu.

Key features include a retractable Schottel SPJ 57 Pump-Jet thruster in the forward part of the hull, which can independently propel the entire yacht in the event of a full engine room malfunction.

Accommodation is for up to nine guests and ten crewmembers, while her single Caterpillar 3512B engine allows for a top speed of 15 knots and a maximum range of 7,000 nautical miles when cruising at 11 knots.

Qing has recently completed a three-year circumnavigation, helping with YachtAid Global’s relief efforts in various remote communities along the way. And following this major superyacht refit project, she should be in great shape for plenty more long-range cruising in the years to come.

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