KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan – Alex Chueh, founder of Ocean Alexander, died on May 3 after a long battle with a terminal illness. He was 78.
Chueh was born on October 19, 1933, in Fujian, China, and pursued a career with the military early in his life. He graduated from Taiwan Military Academy and enlisted in the Army until he retired from full service in 1970.
He started Ocean Alexander in 1978 – with the 50 Mark I as the first vessel. In just more than five years from start-up, his yard built Nighthawk, a 70’ motor yacht, one of the largest yachts ever produced by an Asian yard in 1985.
Chueh will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the Asian yacht industry, successfully establishing a market in the U.S. for his boats. During his lifetime, more than 1,500 Ocean Alexander boats were completed and over 40 new models introduced as the company grew with his vision and the continued vision of his son, John Chueh.
A private funeral will take place in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.