TA CHIAO CT 54 CUTTER KETCH
The CT’s “classic lines are incomparable in their grace, and a joy to the eye, inspiring conversation and admiration wherever a CT54/CT56 goes. One of the safest and most comfortable yachts ever built. Flexibility to serve for entertaining, as a world cruiser or local live aboard – in comfort and style.” A Solid fiberglass hull layup, encapsulated ballast, keel stepped masts. Tall bulwarks forward, high strong lifelines, stout ketch rig and deep safe center cockpit- these are seaworthy boats. She is 54 foot on deck and 62 overall. The bow flairs clipper style with a 8 foot bowsprit and trailboards giving her that classic look. She has a two piece dolphin striker with a teak baluster. Her molded hull seams look like wooden planking, and the low freeboard and striking sheer give her personality like a Garden design. The teak caprail and raised quarterdeck have carved ornate teak handrailing. While forward she has a half inch bulwark, the raised deck aft is nearly flush with the caprail. The CT’s are high maintenance yachts but well worth it and beautiful when properly cared for. CT 54′s are old world cruisers with strong layup. Robert Perry ostensibly designed her with inspiration from Bill Garden and guidance from Ted Brewer. Her graceful clipper bow, pirate stern, shapely sheer will be sure to get compliments in any harbor.
TA CHIAO CT 54 CUTTER KETCH LAYOUT
When you first go below, you feel like you are descending the upper story of a palace. The widening stairway gives the entrance a pomposity. The raised saloon has a settees port and starboard. The layouts vary as Ta Chiao produced these on a very custom basis. One owner says, “Of the 12 or so CT54s I have seen, no two were alike, especially below deck.” On some the galley is starboard paired with a portside dinette both forward of the salon while on most others it seems these are aft of the saloon. Forwardmost is usually a V-berth and guest head port with shower. Aft of the saloon, both sides walkthrough to a master stateroom. Most have four stateroom layouts with port and starboard berths here. Aftmost, the island queen or athwartship king is cozy with excellent light from the hatch above, a porthole on each side, and the stern pirate portholes along with a large master head with separate stall shower. The wood used in the interior varies. The sole may be parquet flooring or teak and holly. The cabinetry and paneling is solid teak. The yard allowed owners to choose the color of teak from honey colored to dark purplish almost like mahogany.