1948 Matthews 40’ Sedan Cruiser Classic Wooden Yacht


General Description

This boat was built at the renowned Matthews Boat Co. factory in Port Clinton, Ohio which produced boats in Ohio for over ninety years. It was first launched on July 26, 1948 and piloted to the Finger Lakes region in New York where it resides currently. The history and documentation for this vessel (hull# 84254) is complete including the bill of sale for $ 18,948 dated July 15, 1948. The boat has had a total of six owners in fifty nine years. A complete marine survey was performed on September 2, 1987. The current owner purchased the vessel on October 19, 1987 in the following year an extensive refit and restoration was begun. The two straight eight Packard engines where removed and rebuilt by a professional shop which specialized in antique engines. This process took eighteen months to complete while extensive work was performed on the hull and fittings were triple chrome plated. This vessel has been restored to original condition and design NOT altered. A marine survey was performed at the completion of restoration on July 6, 1990 and given a 10 out of 10 possible points. At the time of the survey the current market value of the vessel was appraised at $76,000.

Specifications and Details

Length 39’ 11” Beam 11’8” Draft 3’ 2’

Headroom 6’2” min. Water 100 gals. Fuel 200 gals.

Cabins – 2 Sleeps – 4 to 6 Displacement 22,000 lbs.


Forward most is the anchor rope locker in the forward cabin with upper and lower single bunks to starboard, and washbasin and hanging locker to port. A ladder in the forward cabin goes to a deck hatch for egress and ventilation. Continuing aft a passageway door separates the main cabin with a ladder mounted on the aft side to a second deck hatch. The main cabin has classic captain’s beds to both port and starboard with a mahogany highboy chest of drawers to port. Continuing aft an enclosed head and shower is to port with a U shaped galley to starboard. Further up three steps aft is the main salon, deck house, and the helm station. A door leads out of the main salon to the aft cockpit is furthest aft. The roof of the main salon extends over the seating area in the aft cockpit for protection from the elements.

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Keel and frames are of white oak, frames are doubled through the middle third of the hull for extra strength. Hull material is of 5/4” mahogany carvel planking with fastenings of silicone bronze screws. The Matthews hull features an almost vertical bow with a very fine entry and little flare. Underwater, the hull flattens out aft; while above the waterline it curves inward and upward in a graceful tumble-home ending at a double-planked mahogany transom. The result is a hull that is both fuel-efficient and aesthetically delightful. Best of all, it rides easily in troublesome seas. The deck house and decks are of marine plywood.

Engines and Drive Train

The two model # is 1M-356 gas engines of 150 HP, 356 cu. in. are Packard inline 8 units which power the twin screws through a 2 to 1 red gear and a Packard Hydraulic Clutch Control. The engines have a 3 ½ in. bore and a 4 ½ in. stroke and idle at 400 rpm. The screws are 22 in. in diameter bronze with a 20 degree pitch this results in a speed of 5 knots at engine idle. Engine hours are very low since the rebuild and survey was completed in 1990. The boat has been housed in dry inside storage since 1995.


Stainless steel counters and backsplash with built-in single basin sink. A two burner propane galley stove with automatic shutoff gas detector and electric combination refrigerator/freezer provide cooking facilities.

Electrical System

A/C - 120 VAC
A/C Panel - Double Pole Breaker system
D/C - 12 Volt
D/C Panel - Blue Sea Fused Breaker System
Batteries – four 12V Deep Cycle
Battery Isolator
Battery Switch
Kohler Model 25A27, 115V, 2.5KW demand start power plant


Running Lights -navigation, Steaming and Anchor
Anchor - Dan forth
Anchor Rode – 150 ft. 5/8" Nylon
Chain Locker
Pulpit - Wrap-around Chrome
Boarding Ladder
Bow Anchor Bit

(Note: Bow light removed to be re-chromed)

Navigation Equipment

Compass – John E Hand 6in.
Apelco Fish finder/Speed Log
Sonar Depth Sounder
Ships Clock
Red Chart Light
AM/FM/Cassette Player

Safety Equipment

Life Jackets
Throw Rings
First Aid Kit
Rules of the Road
USCG Garbage Disposal Card
USCG Oil Pollution Card
Fire Extinguishers - 3 Portable (2B:C, 4B:C, 2B:C)
Fire Extinguisher engine room - Kiddie 75lb. CO2 with manual discharge
Fire Extinguisher engine room - Fireboy Model 1301 automatic Halon System
Propane Safe II LP Gas Detector with auto shut off
Detectors/Alarms - Wallace Aircraft Co. Gasoline/Fume Detector
Horn/Whistle - Electric
Search light - Half a Mile Ray Model 833
Bilge Pumps - (2) 800 GPH Rule, (1) 2500 GPH Rule all automatic
Bilge Blower- Mayfair 4in.


This vessel represents a slice of American history which I believe needs to be preserved.

A few facts stand out in 1912, Matthews built the 35-foot Detroit which became the first gasoline-powered pleasure craft to cross the Atlantic under its own power. That same year, circus impresario Charles E. Ringling commissioned 50-foot cruiser to be built for him. The list of millionaire yachtsmen from all over the world that owned a Matthews includes Ralph Evenrude, William Randolph Hearst, Larry Parks, John P. Humes, Arthur Godfrey, and Charles F. Chapman founding father of US Power Squadron.

I have owned Allura for 20 of her 59 years and need to find a new owner who will appreciate the original restoration of this vessel. This is a lovely classic boat which is truly a pleasure to own and to pilot. I will consider reasonable offers from individuals and non-profits. I can be contacted in any of the following ways:

Nick Schoonover
Box 18
Tioga Center, NY 13845
E-mail: nickschoon@aol.com 

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