Cheoy Lee
Designed by Arthur Robb

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I would like to thank Jack Ganssle for submitting the "Lion" information on this page and for allowing us to use his photos of "Amber"

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Jack has his own website with several stories well worth reading.  "Go West" is his story about "Amber" and his entry in the 1992 OSTAR Transatlantic Race.  If you like a good sea story you will love Jacks tale.  There are several stories published on his web site - read "Go West" after you have read the others. I will not spoil the story by saying any more. james...

Jacks website -
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Here are more shots of "Amber"

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Click Above Thumbnail for Article on Lions I found in my email.


LOA - 35'2"
Beam - 8'9"
Draft - 5'6"
Displacement -  14,500Lbs
Keel Weight - 5,650 Lbs
CCA Rating 21.9
Sail Area 
Main 475 sq ft
Jib 175 sq ft
Genoa 275 sq ft
Hull - Teak
Frames - Ipol
Stempost & Keel - Yacal
US Price $13,950 (1960)

Stats submitted by Jim Kearney
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The Lion was designed by Arthur Robb. It was 35 feet overall, 8' 9" beam, drew 5' 8", displacing 14,500 pounds and was about 24' on the waterline. The resulting 11' of overhangs gave her astonishing reserve buoyancy as well as graceful good looks.
I have heard that some were made in glass, but have never seen any other than teak planking on ipol frames with mostly wood floors, though near the mast there were some galvanized floors as well. They were fastened with copper rivets (that never seem to go bad), with bronze screws in the hood ends.
The horn timber was a huge, single piece of teak that probably could not be bought today for any price.
Teak decks were common, but the teak was laid on 1/4" plywood. Chinese plywood of that era was notoriously lousy, so all of the Lions I ran into had massive
delimitation problems (as did mine).
The companionway was open to the cockpit floor, something I find rather dangerous for offshore work, so on Amber I built a bridge deck out of teak.
The keel was external, iron, and about 6000 pounds.
The Lion's single 50 foot mast was
Sitka spruce, hollow in a box section with two sets of spreaders. Some (including mine) were rigged as double headsail sloops with a self tending staysail on a boom.
All of the ones I know of used a tiller for steering, which could be quite a handful on a boat this size. I cut a hollow roach in the main and changed the 3 bladed prop to 2 blades, which got rid of most of the weather helm and made her a joy to singlehand. Sailing under main and staysail I'd often (singlehanded) tack around inside marinas to the great consternation of dock committees, but she handled so well there was never a problem.
The Lion's plans, as well as most of Robb's designs, were donated by his widow to Mystic Seaport Museum. You can buy copies from them; I purchased a complete set years ago for (as I recall) about $50.
Keep up the good work with your site!


Thanks Jack for the
input and for publishing your stories for us to enjoy, james

"Fair Lady" 1962 Lion, owned by James & Deni O'Shea

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