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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.
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".