With sea trials just completed, the Cheoy Lee 88 Bravo is now bound for Fort Lauderdale to showcase to American buyers.
The 88 Bravo is the latest megayacht in the Cheoy Lee Bravo series, which ranges from 65 to 95 feet (19.8 to 29.95 meters, respectively). The series bears naval architecture by Mike Burvenich, though for the 88 Bravo, he collaborated with the engineering team at New Zealand-based High Modulus. The all-fiberglass megayacht bears a hull designed to send spray out and away plus avoid squatting at transitional speeds.
Speaking of speeds, the 88 Bravo should be well poised to get you to the Bahamas or wherever your travels may take you without wasting time. Cheoy Lee says that during sea trials, she hit 28 knots under full load. Standard power for the Cheoy Lee 88 Bravo: twin 1,136-hp Caterpillar C18 ACERTs. Optional power: 1,700-hp Caterpilar C32 ACERTs. With either engine package, the 3,000-gallon (11,400-liter) fuel capacity and skinny 5’5″ (1.65-meter) draft means you can poke around in shallow anchorages to your heart’s content, too.
Inside, the 88 Bravo bears accommodations for eight below decks and open relaxation areas on the main deck, all designed by Sylvia Bolton. As you’d expect, the master stateroom is full beam, but so, too, is a VIP directly forward. A twin cabin and a queen in the bow each have separate access from the master and VIP, via stairs forward on the main deck.
As for the main deck, the 88 Bravo deliberately eschews non-structural bulkheads to keep the feeling open and airy. Beam is a healthy 22’6″ (6.86 meters). You can see all the way from the saloon to the helm, but that’s not to say there’s no privacy. The furnishings arrangement keeps conversation areas away from the captain when wanted. But when a convivial atmosphere is on order, it’s nice to see the galley and helm being open to visits from curious guests.