Winner, Most Original – ACBS at the classic boat show

This 1968 Matthews Cruiser won the category trophy for “Most Original- ACBS” in the Chesapeake Bay Chapter-ACBS Boat Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD.

Matthews Yachts were wood boats from 1890 to 1968-1969. They were yachts with fiberglass hulls made in England (Halmatic brand) and fitted out in the USA by Matthews Yachts in Port Clinton, Ohio from 1969 till the business closed in 1975. Matthews Yachts had been in Port Clinton since 1906. The Port Clinton property never did make boats / yachts again.

Famous Matthews boats / yachts over the years was  a gas engine (16 Hp) powered 35’ that set a world record for a small, gas powered boat for crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 1911-1912.

The Matthews Company built a 50’ boat for the Ringling Bros. family to use in Sarasota, FL in 1912.

By 1913, Matthews built a 110’ yacht from the design board of famous yacht designer John Wells. This diesel powered yacht was the largest yacht ever built by Matthews.

During and between the world wars, they built airplane parts, meat cutters, 110’ sub chasers, and a custom yacht or two.

They went from custom, one-off yachts to production power boats in 46’ and 32’ sizes. They also offered a sail boat.

Around 1951 the Yacht builder did a wildly successful 42’ double cabin that started a boat style and accommodations trend.

Next the 45’ wood boat  was the standard bearer for the Matthews Company and it was the model for the 46’ fiberglass boats. The company did a 56’ themselves in several styles, but the sales order book did not respond.


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