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Matthews Classic Motor Yacht 38 Sedan

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Boat REF# 155212
This boat has been sold
Length 11.58m (38'0")
Year 1946
Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Sleeping berths 3
Engine 2 x diesel 110hp, Perkins 6-354 (1972)
Lying Bremerton, WA USA - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Builder Matthews Boat Building
Lying Bremerton, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
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Fuel capacity 909.0 ltr (200.0 USG) Total - 2 Tanks
Water capacity 454.5 ltr (100.0 USG) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 2 x diesel 110hp
Engine make and model Perkins 6-354 (1972)
Engine Hours engine1:   1598    engine2:   3406
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) bronze 4 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded

Battery count is estimate. Seller reports transmissions, shafts and struts were all rebuilt to "zero-time" in 1999. Engines are reported to have been installed in 1972 without explanation for wide difference in hour meter readings. They are reported to run well. 2-90 amp alternators, Racor filters, Bennett trim tabs, Vernalift mufflers, drive shaft sizes are 1 3/8 inch. Fuel consumption, cruise and top speed unreported.


Length 11.58m (38'0")
Beam 3.56m (11'8")
Draft Max 1.22m (4'0")
Airdraft 2.74m (9'0")
Displacement 11,791kg (26,000.0lbs)
Headroom 1.88m (6'2")
Storage On marina

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 5 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


Construction Wood
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

Carvel planked mahogany under-body approx. 1 1/8 inch thickness with red cedar topsides. White oak frames on 10 inch centers. Bronze wood screw fasteners. Deck is fir plywood with fiberglass over-laid. Worm-shoe on keel is Ironwood. Mahogany transom. Steel composite frames in engine room. There is a metal "stinger" that extends the keel aft to provide protection for the props.


Total # of berths 3
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 1
Cabin(s) 2
Sink 2
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Electric)
Stove tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Drapes tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Non-Smokers tick

The interior is laid out as follows, rope and chain locker is most forward. Next is the fore-peak with a large single berth to starboard with rope/tool storage under. Opposite is a hand basin with additional personal storage similar to a vanity area. Continuing aft is the master cabin with a double berth Pullman style on starboard under which is drawer storage and slide out closet. Opposite on port side is a table / desk area with storage and a booth style seat. Continuing aft the galley is to starboard and head on port. Up a few steps is the salon with helm on starboard. The salon has very well conceived furnishings with a combination cabinet / convertible table as well as a corner convertible berth storage drawer cabinet in the port aft corner. The salon companionway door is to starboard leading out to a large teak floored cockpit where a portable AC/DC refrigerator is used as a cockpit seat or bench. Heat is from the Sigmar Diesel heater / Stove in the galley. Fridge is in the cockpit Norcold Tek ll AC/DC unit.

2 burner electric Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Stereo tick
Navigation lights tick
Depth sounder tick

Magellan Nav 5000 DLX Plotter/GPS, Raytheon RL9 Radar, Raytheon Fathometer, Standard Horizon VHF, Kenwood Stereo

Deck Gear

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

Electric Stephens windlass
1 anchors
91.44m (300'0") of chain
Unknown make 12 Ft. Sailing Dingy dinghy (unknown year)
(Hard Dinghy)
8hp outboard, Tohotsu (unknown year)
Aluminum dingy davits holding a nice 12 foot sailing dingy with sails, spars and accessories.
There is also a second dingy inflatable Avon 11 foot stored in the cockpit locker. Sunbrella and clear plastic windows on all windows surrounding the salon acting as "storm" windows.

Safety Equipment

Life jackets tick
Searchlight tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 2 electric)

Automatic Fire suppression system in engine room of unknown make or model. Life jackets and flares on board.

Broker's Comments

This classic Matthews 38 Sedan Trawler had her bottom refit in 1997 by Port Townsend Shipyard Co-op. Many planks were replaced or repaired as needed and re-fastened. She's been used and maintained regularly by her owner. In more recent years she's had quite a few interior upgrades to cabinetry and furnishings. It appears as a well-maintained vessel that could benefit from a new navigational electronics package and some modernization to the galley and maybe the head as well. The boat's price and overall condition should make it a must-see for wooden boat enthusiasts. Plus it has a very nice sailing dingy. Matthews built quality boats strong enough that the navy used some of them in WW II in anti-submarine warfare. Those still around today have endured because of that strength of build. Documents on board this boat take you back to when it was purchased new in 1946 for $14,000 with a $140 surcharge due to economic circumstances.

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Matthews Classic Motor Yacht 38 Sedan has been personally photographed and viewed by Gary Buck of Boatshed Tacoma. 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.