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Seller's Description

volvo penta

Equipment: Fully restored 1965 Classic Cheoy Lee “Frisco Flyer”. fiberglass hull, teak from deck up and teak interior. 25’, 4 ‘ draft. relatively new re-powered with Volvo Penta Diesel with low hours. (est. 450) 12 hp . Over $5,000 in upgrades/improvement in last 2 years: New (‘21); electronics/raymarine chartplotter/depth sounder. new dripless shaft seal and driveshaft, batteries, and electric toilet. Recent bottom paint, engine fluids/tuneup, Hood sail furler, 6 winches just serviced by boatyard. New (“21) paint on hull, all topsides. teak deck recently sanded and coated with teak sealer along with all exterior teak/cabin sides/etc. Stika Spruce mast and boom recently (‘21” stripped and recoated with sealer/varnish). “tanbark” sails. Hand wood carvings inside and out, including a rare Cheoy Lee Dragon carved by Hong Kong boatyard workers. 7 custom teak shroud rollers, custom teak traveller and custom teak cockpit grates and table and teak running blocks. All new LED bulbs. new steaming & deck lights. Custom removable deck hatch/skylight. Extensive decorative rope work on stanchions , bow rails. and throughout interior, all deck bungs replaced/intact; shroud chainplates rebedded (‘21) two anchors with 60 ft chain & lots of scope; hand and electric bilge pumps; vhf, Raymarine tiller pilot, tack tic wireless wind instrument (just serviced) and new expandable swim ladder. Shore power cord, spinnaker & sheets, 150 genoa. Sleeps 4, cabin & berth cushion excellent shape. Full standing headroom below! Includes West Marine Inflatable and older Mercury outboard. (runs, no reverse) Must see, a real head turner! Must sell, moving!



Tord Sundén
Cheoy Lee Shipyard
Cheoy Lee Association Web Site
# Built
Transom hung
Wood or FG


Length Overall
25 0 / 7.6 m
Waterline Length
19 5 / 5.9 m
4 0 / 1.2 m
5,500 lb / 2,495 kg
2,240 lb / 1,016 kg (Iron)

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
311′² / 28.9 m²
Total Sail Area
311′² / 28.9 m²
Sail Area
168′² / 15.6 m²
28 6 / 8.7 m
11 9 / 3.6 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
143′² / 13.3 m²
31 8 / 9.7 m
8 11 / 2.7 m
Forestay Length
32 11 / 10 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
6.0 kn
Classic: 5.92 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

6.0 knots
Classic formula: 5.92 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
<16: under powered

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
275-350: heavy

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
20-30: coastal cruiser

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


The FRISCO FLYER was first produced as the PACIFIC CLIPPER and later as the OFFSHORE 26. The name “Frisco Flyer” originated with the Richard Reed, yacht brokerage in San Francisco. Their brochure decribed it as a “modified Folkboat.” The FOLKBOAT was originally designed by Tord Sunden, and modifications to the design were made by unnamed Cheoy Lee staff. There are three types, all available with various options (diesel vs. gas, stainless vs. plow steel rigging, canvas vs. teak decks, etc.):
a. PACIFIC CLIPPER: all teak, small trunk cabin, original Folkboat-like fractional rig with double spreaders and returning shrouds. Sometimes referred to as a FRISCO FLYER Mark I.
b. FRISCO FLYER Mark II, larger teak trunk cabin, masthead rig.
c. FRISCO FLYER Mark III, larger teak doghouse cabin, some standing headroom, masthead rig.
The first FRISCO FLYER was built in 1957 and made two single-handed Atlantic crossings that year.

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