1976 Choy Lee Midshipman

Current Price:
US$ 49,900

Current Price:
US$ 49,900

The Cheoy Lee Midshipman 40 has long been known for its exceptional accomodations and stout construction.

Brand new mechanicals in 2006: Yanmar engine, transmission, propeller, and shaft. Fiberglass cabintops prepped and Awlgripped in 2004 by Crowley's Yacht Yard, Chicago. Electric windlass. Fresh water sailed in Lake Michigan since 1995.
Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

LOA: 39 ft 10 in
Beam: 13 ft 0 in
LWL: 32 ft 6 in
Minimum Draft: 4 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 4 ft 6 in
Displacement: 27000 lbs
Ballast: 10000 lbs
Headroom: 6 ft 5 in

Total Power: 56 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: YANMAR
Engine Model: 4JH3E
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 900
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 56 HP

Fresh Water Tanks: (180 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (150 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (20 Gallons)

Number of single berths: 2
Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 3
Number of heads: 2

Cockpit speakers
CD player
Navigation center

Gennaker/Cruising spinnaker
Furling genoa
Storm jib

Steering wheel

Inside Equipment
Microwave oven
Hot water
Battery charger
Marine head
Manual bilge pump
Deep freezer
Electric bilge pump

Electrical Equipment
Shore power inlet
Electrical Circuit: 110V

Outside Equipment/Extras
Outboard engine brackets
Swimming ladder
Teak sidedecks
Teak cockpit
Cockpit table
Cockpit cushions
Electric windlass

Cockpit cover
Mainsail cover
Bimini Top
Spray hood

General description
The Cheoy Lee Midshipman 40 has long been known for its exceptional accomodations and stout construction.

This layout affords total privacy for the owner, with the master cabin located behind a door down the gangway, off the main salon. It also has a private entrance from the cockpit. The master cabin has its own shower, sink, and head, as well as oversize berths. The forward guest cabin also has its' own head, sink and shower with large double-berth (behind a door off the main salon). The main salon has a very large settee, which converts to a double berth. There is also an entryway from the cockpit. Cheoy Lee elegance and quality are evident throughout this vessel, and she's a pretty boat currently on the hard in Duluth, MN.,

Recent upgrades:

Yanmar 56hp diesel – 2006

Transmission – 2006

Propeller & shaft – 2006

House top Awlgripped – 2004

Full deck boat cover by ShipShape Canvas – 2015

New Galley cabinets, sinks, pump – 2011

Dinette cushions – 2015

All opening portlights – 2014

New hatch lenses – 2014

Full cockpit enclosure – 2012

Raymarine Radar – 2010

Dorades, ships wheel powder coated – 2016

New Jabsco heads - 2014

Accommodations and Layout

The Midshipman 40 is an extremely spacious boat for 40' center cockpit. Sleeps 6 in this 2 cabin, 2 head center cockpit layout. Great ventilation from over berth hatches and dual cockpit companionways. Throughout there are many, many, Burma teak drawers, lockers, and built-ins that helped make the Choey Lee shipyard famous.

The master stateroom,located aft behind a door down the gangway, is absolutely huge and affords total privacy for the owner. A private companionway entrance from the cockpit creates very private suite. There is 6’-5” standing headroom, a separate private head w/ a full stand-up shower, and plenty of storage throughout. This cabin has twin berths, with forward facing upholstered bench.

Moving forward through a gangway to starboard, you will find a fully equipped navigation station, office, and excellent engine room access. The passageway spills out into a very comfortable and spacious main salon with the galley set to starboard (amidship) and a semi-circular settee and folding table.

Salon & galley separate the two staterooms for unequalled privacy amidship. To port there is a very large semi-circular settee with folding dining table that converts into a double berth. To starboard there is a linear galley with exceptional storage. Forward guest stateroom has a V-berth,that converts to a queen size, and provides a very spacious and private guest quarters. It has excellent storage and again provides full headroom. Forward head is private to the stateroom and doubles as a shower.

Generous drawer and storage space throughout.
Oversized companionways & ships ladders provides easy movement.
Twin berths in Aft master cabin w/upholstered seat.
2 teak framed hatches over berths.
Stainless Steel opening ports.
2 Teak louvered companionway doors.
Large V-berth can convert to queen.
Many recently upgraded finishes make the boat look much newer.
6' 5" standing headroom
2 opening hatches with ventilation
hot and cold pressurized water.
dinette converts to berth
teak and holly cabin sole
more than ample storage throughout
head and shower in main salon
head and shower in aft cabin
private vee berth with access to head compartment
4 opening ports in forward stateroom
4 opening ports in aft stateroom
folding teak table in cockpit


Galley is a linear configuration along starboard side of main salon which provides a fun social feel to salon. Huge top-loading refrigerator and freezer. Plenty of counter space and massive dry storage throughout. Large Freezer is located under bunk in aft stateroom.

double stainless steel sink
electric refrigerator and freezer
Large fridge/freeze
6 gallon hot water heater (120v or engine)
Hillerange 3 burner stove w/oven
Remote LP shutoff, propane tanks stored in cockpit with overboard drain
Pressure water system
nice laminate counter top
Force 10 Marine propane grill on transom
Microwave Oven

Electronics & navigation

Danforth compass
Raymarine ST6001 Autohelm-series SmartPilot (3 yrs old)
Raymarine Radome radar antenna
Raymarine color chartplotter display SL70RC
Raymarine GPS sensor
Signet MK172 depth meter
temperature gauge
oil pressure gauge
masthead windex
2 speakers in main salon
2 speakers in cockpit

Hull & Deck
Deck & Hull Equipment

Wide walkarounds with teak toe rail. Center cockpit configuration plenty of aft and forward deck space.

white topsides
white cabintops (rebuilt and Awlgripped by Crowley’s Yard, 2004)
teak and steel rubrails
oiled Burmese teak deck
solid fiberglass hull
built to Loyds of London standards
varnished teak cockpit
4 stainless steel dorade vents
Dinghy davits on transom
folding swim ladder
teak and steel bow sprit
3 anchors with chain rodes
electric windlass - Ideal Windlass Co., E Greenwich RI
stainless steel pulpits and stanchions
double lifelines with 2 gates
running lights
spreader lights
new custom bimini top
cockpit cushions
Cockpit table
Deep lazarette storage
deck washdown

Sails & Rigging

Cutter rigged ketch with club-foot staysail and mizzen mainsail

Sitka Spruce mast & spars
newer North mainsail
newer North genoa
original mizzen sail, mainsail, and genoa
Furlex roller furler genoa, like new
twin slotted forestay
2 Barient 28 self-tailing 2-sp winches in cockpit
Barient 10 winch in cockpit
integral ladder on main mast
Barient 3 winch on main mast
Barient 16 winch on main mast
Barlow 16 winch on main mast
Barlow 16 winch on mizzen mast
lazy jacks on both booms
2 canvas sail covers

Engine and Mechanical

Compact and powerful 56 hp, 4JH3E Yanmar new in 2006! The engine room is huge and easy to access via starboard passageway.

new Yanmar engine (2006)
new transmission (2006)
new prop shaft (2006)
new propellor (2006)
Hot water heater (new 2006)
annual maintenance at Crowley's Yacht Yard from 1995 to 2010.
2 fuel tanks
Edson pedestal steering
fire extinguishers
electric water pump
electric bilge pump
Raycor filter


shore power
battery charger
heavy duty A-B battery switch
shore power inlet and 30A cord
circuit breakers and panel

About Choey Lee Shipyards
History of the Cheoy Lee Company The Cheoy Lee Company has been a major builder of ships and all types of boats for over 100 years. With roots tracing back to 1870 in a building at a repair yard in Po Tung Point in Shanghai, Cheoy Lee Shipyards has had a colorful and successful history. Originally producing wooden commercial craft from a shipyard in Shanghai, Cheoy Lee moved operations to Hong Kong in 1936. Initially specializing in the production of powered cargo vessels to outrun the Japanese blockade, Cheoy Lee later diversified into the large scale production of teak sailing and motoryachts. Most of these were exported to the US. During the 50s trawlers were built for the United Nation Korean Reconstruction Agency. During the early 1960's, Cheoy Lee made steady progress in the development, testing and use of fiberglass and by the mid 1960's wood construction had been phased out. Cheoy Lee became one of the first shipyard users of fiberglass and in turn became one of the pioneers of GRP/foam sandwich technology in the marine field. According to David Toombs from Lion Yachts "over 4,500 Cheoy Lee yachts were delivered and he points out that it is interesting that usually no more than 50 or so are available at any given time on the market". He also points out that Cheoy Lee has stopped production for all designs under 50' due to worldwide demand for the larger motorsailers and motoryachts. For the record David claims to be the original Cheoy Lee Distributor dating from 1960 and made over 70 trips to Hong Kong spending over a year in the shipyard there monitoring all phases of construction. He goes on to say that in its over 110 years of family ownership Cheoy Lee has become a major factor in yacht building, fully Lloyds Approved, with a modern climate controlled facility. David probably knows more about Cheoy Lees than anyone else in North America. Today Cheoy Lee makes everything from ferries to tugboats and several models of large motor yachts up to 446 tons and 144' in length. The only sailboats currently produced, as far as I am aware of, are the 53, 63, and the 78' Motorsailors plus a 77' Pilothouse Cutter.

Additional Features

ships spares
all installed electronics
all attached décor & accessories
steel cradle

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.