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Matthews 40 Sedan Classic Motor Yacht

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Boat REF# 122173
This boat has been sold
Length 12.19m (40'0")
Year 1947
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Semi-Displacement
Sleeping berths 6
Engine 2 x gasoline 230hp, Volvo GM 350s (1989)
Lying San Juan Island - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer Matthews
Builder Matthews
Lying San Juan Island - Shown by Appointment
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Fuel capacity 909.0 ltr (200.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 454.6 ltr (100.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 136.4 ltr (30.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 28/05/2004


Engine 2 x gasoline 230hp
Engine make and model Volvo GM 350s (1989)
Engine Hours engine1:   1100    engine2:   1100
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) Bronze 19 x 13
Fuel consumption (approx) 36.4 ltr (8.0 USG) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 9 knots
Max speed (approx) 18 knots

Six 6-volt deep cycle golf cart batteries for house bank.
1-12 volt start battery.
Bennett Marine trim tabs.
The seller reports the following; These engines have never left me stranded. They idle well, run cool, and burn the appropriate amount of fuel for the engine size. Since I have owned the boat I have had the risers
and manifolds replaced, rebuilt the heat exchangers, and the ignition systems were rebuilt in 2004. The bottom is checked by a diver every 3 months and zincs replaced as necessary.
The AC/DC panel and all electical within the boat were part of the extensive restoration in 2004.


Length 12.19m (40'0")
Beam 3.54m (11'7")
Draft Min 1.10m (3'7")
Airdraft 2.74m (9'0")
Displacement 7,256kg (16,000.0lbs)
Headroom 2.01m (6'7")
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 7 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Semi-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

Carvel planked mahogany forward with red cedar aft. The carvel planks have been routered, cedar strips cut and glued between, faired and painted. Hull is very smooth. Decks are glassed over plywood with non-skid. All exterior wood and painted surfaces have been professionally maintained annually. In 2004 Shipbuilders Co-op in Port Townsend did extensive restoration on this vessel. They replaced planking where needed, sistered frames, made the deck watertight at the bases of the wrap around pulpit. The vessel was then painted after the wood was completely stripped. Today it still looks fresh.


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Vac flush)
Stove tick
Broiler tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Drapes tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick
Ice Maker tick
Microwave tick

Many yachts of this vintage have considerable amounts of interior wood, making them somewhat dark and oppressive. This beautiful vintage yacht isn’t one of those. Bright interior spaces featuring contemporary color finishes, surfaces, fabrics, floors and headliners along with lots of large opening windows make this lovely vessel feel like an prohibitively expensive modern replica of a classic yacht. She features a large sedan-style salon with cork floors, a down galley to starboard, head to port, master suite directly forward with Pullman berth and a bunk style forward cabin with vanity basin area.
Easily sleeping four, with accommodations for two more in the convertible salon settee there is space for a family aboard. A large covered cockpit provides a roomy area for entertaining, fishing or a crab cooker. As a live-aboard this fine 40 foot yacht could provide a luxury studio size apartment with the Dickenson stove providing heat and cooking as required.

2 burner diesel Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Radar tick
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GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
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Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
Depth sounder tick

VHF-Standard Horizon, Hailer-Yes, GPS-Garmin 188C, Radar-Simrad RA-30, Autopilot-Simrad AP-11, Speed Log-Interfaced, Depth-Combined in Garmin, Compass-Richie, Aqua Signal Chart light

Deck Gear

Cockpit cover tick
Bimini tick
Rode tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Davits tick
Swim Platform tick
Instrument Covers tick

Manual SL Hyspeed Manual windlass
1 anchors
11.58m (38'0") of chain
45.72m (150'0") of rode
AB dinghy (2004)
9.9hp outboard, Tohatsu, Short shaft (2003)
All stanchions and pulpits appear as like new, 1x19 s/s rigging on radar mast supports, all s/s trim, cleats and running rig including fenders and lines in like-new condition. Weaver Davit.

Safety Equipment

Fume detector tick
Gasolene Detector tick
Life jackets tick
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Searchlight tick
Horn tick
Swim ladder tick

3 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 electric)

All USCG requirements up-to-date. Automatic built-in fire protection system installed in engine room-Fireboy 16LB FE241. New AD-X TBCF liquified gas auto system installed in Lazarette. New Fireboy Xintex M2A Gasoline/Fume detector, horn, bell, spotlight. All new in 2004 restoration.

Broker's Comments

If this gorgeous Matthews 40 Sedan Classic Motor Yacht were being presented like an automobile at Barrett-Jackson Auction Company (famous for its Collector Car events) it would be considered a “Resto-Mod”. She has been modified and upgraded tastefully to a level one would expect of a modern yacht and restored as needed at great expense by Port Townsend’s Shipbuilders Co-Op. She is simply beautiful.

If you have any attraction to classic yachts (who doesn't?) this is a boat to admire.

As a live aboard she would make a great luxury studio apartment. As a usable cruising yacht she’s not afraid of the water, having been to Princess Louisa Inlet and other Gulf Island destinations recently. Either way she's a show-stopper. This boat is being offered at a fraction of what has been invested in her since 2004.

This is the 40 foot Matthews that was at The 35th Annual Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.

These boat details are subject to contract.

This Matthews 40 Sedan Classic Motor Yacht has been personally photographed and viewed by Gary Buck of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.