Rick Casali
North Point Yacht Sales
7330 Edgewood Road
Annapolis, MD, US
Office: 410-280-2038
Mobile: 410-279-5309

1968 Cheoy Lee Sigma by Sparkman & Stephens
Boat Type: Antique and Classic Address: Clayton (Thousand Islands), NY, US Price: $49,900


New listing! "Whisper" is a Classic Cheoy Lee 38 Sigma designed by Sparkman & Stephens. This lovely sailing auxilary has been fully updated by the late owner with approximately $100,000 invested in upgrades. These upgrades include a new 48 h.p. Yanmar in 2006, new 3-blade prop & cutlass bearing, new standing rigging, new electronics, new air conditioning, new electric head, new holding tank, black Awlgrip on the hull, new interior cushions, new cockpit cushions, new swim ladder, and new electrical system including a Marinetics panel. A LeisureFurl mainsail furling system is part of the upgrades! A marine survey from 2006 placed the market value at $112,000. The untimely death of the owner forces the family to offer "Whisper" for sale for only $49,900. Please bring serious offers. You will not find a better value in a classic sailing sloop with over $100,000 in upgrades. This Cheoy Lee 38 Sigma designed by S&S is ready to go for Spring sailing, or cast off for the Bahamas and Caribbean.

"Whisper" has very graceful lines with a sweet shear, and balanced overhangs. Her black hull, teak decks and brightwork combine for a classic sailing yacht. The owner's son reports that it was not uncommon to see 9 knots of speed on certain points of sail. The rig provides lots of sail area (645 sq ft) for good sailing performance. And her relatively narrow beam by today's standards show a good turn of speed. The Cheoy Lee 38 underbody was influenced by the 12 meter "Intrepid" design.


Basic Information

Manufacturer: Cheoy Lee Vessel Name: Whisper
Model: Sigma by Sparkman & Stephens Boat Type: Antique and Classic
Year: 1968 Hull Material: Fiberglass
Category: Sail Hull Type:
Condition: Used Hull Color:
Location: Clayton (Thousand Islands), NY, US Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Available for sale in U.S. waters: Yes Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

Length: 38 ft - 11.58 meter LOA: 38 ft 4 in - 11.68 meter
Draft - max: 5 ft 10 in - 1.78 meter Draft - min: -
Beam: 10 ft 3 in - 3.12 meter Bridge Clearance: -
Dry Weight: -    


Make: Yanmar Engine Type:
Model: 4JH4E Drive Type:
Engine(s): 1 Fuel Type: Diesel
Hours: - Horsepower: -
Cruise Speed: 7 MPH Max Speed: 8 MPH
Range: - Joystick Control: No

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank: 40 gallons - 1 tank(s) Holding Tank: -
Fresh Water Tank: 180 gallons - 1 tank(s)    


Total Cabins: - Crew Cabins: -
Total Berths: - Crew Berths: -
Total Sleeps: - Crew Sleeps: -
Total Heads: - Crew Heads: -
Captains Cabin: -    


Displacement: 18,000 lbs (dry)

Total Power: 48

Holding: 20

From the original brochure...

"The SIGMA "38" is basically a performance boat. designed to win. and with a layout planned for efficient racing, from her workable navigation nook to her large sail locker in the forepeak. But she is no racing machine alone, with the compromise in comfort that implies. Attention has been paid to cruising comfort and the other details that makes "boat" a "yacht". The lavish use of rubbed teak below lends a richness and warmth below that is usually lacking in a fibreglass boat, and 27 drawers, 15 lockers, and 9 shelves eliminate the stowage problem. The installation of the engine below the cabin sole opens up the area aft usually taken by the engine box, resulting in a unique layout with the most usable room of any 38 footer we know. The quality of the teak joiner work equals that of any builder in the world, placing the SIGMA "38" in the Custom category, but at a stock boat price."

  • V-berth w/ filler
  • New interior cushions
  • Enclosed head
  • Galley
  • Chart table
  • Settees port & starboard
  • Electric head w/ holding tank & Y-valve (new '02)
  • New cabin lights ('02)
  • Port and starboard quarter berths
  • Teak & holly sole
  • Deck hatches (3)
  • New cabin cushions ('01)
  • Sleeps 5 to 6
  • New cockpit cushions ('01)
  • Weems & Plath clock & barometer

  • Giballed Force 10 propane stove & oven
  • 20 lbs aluminum propane tank in dedicated locker
  • Trident solenoid for propane system
  • Adler Barbour Cold Machine (new 2002)
  • Pressure water system
  • New hotwater tank (2002)

  • Raymarine ST 100 windspeed/direction
  • Datamarine Speed/log A181
  • Depth meter SAA
  • Ritchie lighted compass
  • Raytheon CMAP C-80 GPS/plotter (new 2002)
  • Raymarine SL72 radar
  • Raymarine ST 4000+ autopilot (new 2002)
  • Pioneer AM/FM/CD player w/ remote
  • (new 2002)
  • New TV antenna mast mounted ('02)
  • New flat screen TV ('02) (not seen aboard on 10/26)
  • Electronics at both chart table and on pedestal in cockpit

  • 3 Group 30H 12 volt batteries
  • Perko multi-bank battery switch
  • Marinetics A/C-D/C main panel
  • GFI protection
  • New 110 volt outlets (3)
  • Shorepower 30 amp w/ cord
  • Electric bilge pumps 1,800 & 1,100 GPH
  • Marine Air 12,000 Btu air conditioning (installed 2002)

From the Cheoy Lee 38 Sigma brochure: "....The SIGMA represents the peak of development of the moderate displacement fin keel/spade rudder concept by Sparkman & Stephens, America's leading Naval Architects. The SIGMA is one of the first fibreglass auxiliaries to incorporate the modifications learned from the INTREPID program: full "skeg" between fin and rudder, which tank testing has shown to greatly stabilize the flow of water in this critial area, reducing resistance from the quarter wave. Adequate rudder control under certain conditions of wind and water has proved to be a real problem in earlier spade rudder designs, especially those with balanced rudder, but the new SIGMA is as stable and fully controllable as more traditional designs. She is available with masthead or 15/16 rig, and the estimated 1967 CCA RATING is 30.5 and 30.0 respectively."

  • Mainsail
  • Furling genoa
  • Furlex roller furling on foresail
  • 316 1 X 19 wire headstay
  • Aluminum mast & boom
  • Yachtbraid running rigging
  • LeisureFurl mainsail furling boom
  • (cost estimated at $25,000)
  • 2 Barient #25 STD
  • 2 Barient #28 STD
  • 1 Lewmar #40 ST electric 12 volt
  • 4 Barient #21 STD
  • 1 Barient #24
  • 1 Anderson @ main reefing
  • All winches are chromed, multispeed

This masthead sloop was designed as a racer/cruiser built to Lloyds's 100A1 specifications. Hull and deck are fiberglass. She has a modified full keel with a skeg-hung rudder. The bow has a sharp entry and an overhung reverse transom common in the S&S classic design.
  • Teak decks have been reconditioned
  • Double life lines
  • Port & starboard gates
  • Folding swim/boarding ladder (new 2001)
  • Dorade vents
  • Anchor roller
  • Simpson Lawrence 12 volt windlass w/ chain capstan (new 2002)
  • Bruce anchor, chain & rode
  • Horseshoe life ring
  • New cockpit cushions
  • New lenses in fixed ports ('02)

  • Yanmar 48 h.p. 4JH4E marine diesel
  • Yanmar installed in 2006
  • Tachometer; oil pressure; water temp; and voltage gauges
  • 40 gal stainless steel fuel tank
  • Vetus fiberglass water lift muffler
  • Racor fuel filter/water separator
  • Stainless steel 1" prop shaft
  • 3-blade bronze prop (new 2001)
  • Edson 6-spoke stainless destroyer wheel
  • Direct drive steering
  • Edson manual diaphram bilge pump
  • 12 volt shower sump pump
  • Emergency tiller
  • 6 gallon A/C/120 volt hot water heater (new '02)
  • New cutlass bearing (2002)
  • New Drive Saver (2002)
  • New shower sump ('02)

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.
  • Exlusions: family photos and artwork & personal items


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Rick Casali
North Point Yacht Sales
7330 Edgewood Road
Annapolis, MD, US
Office: 410-280-2038
Mobile: 410-279-5309