V 119 Chinita

Chinita was well used by Matthew Power, making two Atlantic crossings, and other significant cruises, whilst her owner also ran the Vertue Owners Association with dedication for a number of years.

She has appeared in a number of books, including the second edition of Eric Hiscock’s ‘Cruising Under Sail’.



Chinita is one of the series of Cheoy Lee built boats imported into the UK by Dennis Hoolahan in the early 1960’s.  Apart from Hoitak they all had ‘long’, two window doghouses and short cockpits.  They were all originally rigged as masthead bermudan sloops with inner forestays, and were all built using teak planking over ipol frames.  Whilst most were given the lighter-weight canvas-covered plywood decks, as Chinita, several were built with laid teak decks.




  • Laurent Giles design No: 464
  • Builder: Cheoy Lee
  • Launch Date: 1963
  • Hull Material: Teak on Ipol
  • Deck: Painted canvas over ply
  • Engine: Yanmar 2 GM (1990)
  • Ballast keel material: Iron
  • Doghouse: Long
  • Cockpit: Short
  • Berths: Four
  • Rig: Masthead bermudan sloop with inner forestay
  • Mast: Aluminium alloy with two pairs of spreaders.
  • Heads'ls: Genoa & Stays'ls
  • Backstay arrangement: Runners and single preventer to boomkin
  • Home Port: Pin Mill, River Orwell, Suffolk.
  • Current Owner: Tony Mercer
  • Contact details:
  • Email address: vertue119@yahoo.com
  • Other comments: Chinita was owned by past Vertue Owners Association secretary Matthew Power for nearly twenty years. However she has now been in Tony Mercer' s ownership for eighteen already.