Heritage

Life can be full of detours that some may call “fate.”  For Alex Chueh, loaning money to a friend resulted in becoming a new owner of a boat yard in 1973.  Having retired as a colonel from the military, Alex saw this opportunity as the chance to create a legacy for him and his young family.

In 1977, Alex Chueh met with well-known naval architect Ed Monk, Jr. and with a handshake, the creation of Ocean Alexander yachts was established.

 

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A successful entrepreneur in Taipei, Alex Chueh, had a reputation for high integrity and exacting quality. After loaning seed money to a friend for a boat-manufacturing yard, Alex’s life took an unexpected turn.

When the friend couldn’t repay the loan, he asked Alex to accept the yard as payment instead. Upon inspection of the operation, Alex saw that his own passion for high quality building and his superior business experience could create a wonderful future in building fine motor yachts.
Alex Chueh became determined to be the finest yacht builder in the world and began gathering knowledge that would lead him to his goal.

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Building yachts from fiberglass exploded in the mid 1970s and many designers searched for yards in Taiwan to build a handful of custom boats.  Wanting more than just a set of erratic designs to build, Alex wanted to find a reputable and well-respected designer to work with as a partner.  Alex met Ed Monk, Jr. through a mutual acquaintance and realized that Ed’s knowledge and skills in boat design was the perfect fit for his vision.  With a handshake and mutual respect, this started a thirty-year relationship in which the yard only built boats designed by Ed Monk, Jr.

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The boat resulting from the Monk-Chueh handshake was the Mark I Classic. Designed in 1977, the first yacht rolled out of the Kaohsiung yard the following year. Fully loaded, the vessel weighed 55,000 pounds, had a high bow, fine entry, hard shine, 15.5’ beam, walk-around covered deck, Portuguese bridge, a long keel and a 4.5’ draft. True to his vision of a first-class boat, Alex concentrated on making the hand-laid hull super-strong, with impeccable outside and inside woodwork. In his view, the sturdiness and the immaculate appearance of the vessel had to strike an immediate chord with a potential buyer. It worked. The 50-footer became Ocean Alexander’s breakthrough boat.

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Johnny Chueh, president of Alexander Marine International, is an amalgam of east and west.   As a child, he spent years in Taiwan, often accompanying his father in the boat yard as well as living for several years in Australia.   As a young adult, he graduated from the University of Chicago, giving him a well-rounded global perspective in his formative years.  When Alex became too ill to handle the day-to-day operations for the boat yard, Johnny stepped in to continue the family business.  For the past 15 years, Johnny has lead the company and continues to seek ways to improve not only the finished yachts, but also the build-process.