Seeing the 1954 Matthews 42 Stock Cruiser for the first time you take notice of the nearly vertical bow with a fine entry and practically no flare hull. The hull is rounded at the bottom that flattens out somewhat in the aft part of the boat providing an easy ride in rougher seas. The hull actually...more
We're sorry to see this one go but happy to say that she has been sold.
Seeing the 1954 Matthews 42 Stock Cruiser for the first time you take notice of the nearly vertical bow with a fine entry and practically no flare hull. The hull is rounded at the bottom that flattens out somewhat in the aft part of the boat providing an easy ride in rougher seas. The hull actually has a keel which improves its handling. The lines make it look like it's moving while standing still conjuring up images of a classic Cadillac.
Exploring the 1954 Matthews 42 in the forward cabin, you'll find the anchor rope locker with a hatch access, often designated as a crew quarters. The forward cabin has a single raised berth on each side with drawers beneath each bunk, a wash basin to starboard, and a hatch with sliding screen to provide access to the bow area. The designer even placed integrated ladder rungs in the cabinet below to make it easier to get through the hatch.
The mid-cabin also contains two single raised berths on either side with drawer and cabinet storage beneath each bunk. There is a mahogany dresser chest starboard and a hanging locker to port that can also be accessed from the enclosed head. The door between the forward and mid-cabin has integrated ladder rungs affixed to it providing access to another hatch with sliding screen. The cabin bulkhead lighting covers are glass not plastic and still function.
Moving towards the stern you'll find the U-shaped galley to starboard featuring a tile back splash, a stainless steel sink with faucet, a new refrigerator/freezer, lots of storage and counter top space and a microwave. The stove hood is still in place but the stove itself has been removed.
Across from the galley is the fully enclosed head. The head has a manual pump head, sink, medicine cabinet, and shower. The shower walls are tiled and there is an opening port hole to provide natural light and ventilation.
Continue up the steps aft you enter the main salon & deckhouse. The helm station is on starboard with cabinetry to port. There are also swing away seats at the helm and passenger positions. The main salon has a folding bulkhead between the deckhouse and aft cockpit, with the bulkhead open, the deck is flush, creating an open area of almost 20 feet in length. The deckhouse also has a table engineered so that it can be latched securely to the sole off to the side or in the center to extend the leafs. There is also a bench seat that converts to a berth (not present when visited).
The deckhouse extends slightly over the aft cockpit creating a small sheltered area to escape the sun or inclement weather. It is the perfect spot to set up your deck chair and enjoy the day.
The Matthews 42 Stock Cruiser is truly a classic lady with a lot of character. I would invite you to visit her and see for yourself how extraordinary and sleek she is.
The engines are closed cooling and have an in-line seacock fitting to allow easy winterization.
2015 - New cockpit canvas
2015 - Repainted pilothouse
2015 - Plastic 40 gal. water tank
2014 - New props/shafts
2014 - Hull powder blasted, painted
2014 - Pilothouse carpet & Wood Blinds
2014 - New cushions on bunks
2014 - New sea strainers & engine hoses
2011 - engines rebuilt
Rewired 70-80% of boat since owned it
It's always nice to know history about a boats roots...
Matthews Company, builders of high-end wooden boats, is synonymous with superb craftsmanship and high quality. Begun in 1890 building boats for The Lozier Company and eventually moving to Port Clinton, Ohio in 1907 to start The Matthews Boat Company, Scott Matthews designed and built the highest quality boats know around the world. The Matthews Company produced custom production wood boats for over 60 years and were very successful building boats for many famous people. Boats were designed and most of the parts were manufactured at the factory to the highest of standards. Matthew's boats are said to be the "Mercedes" of boats in the era.
It is a wood boat built in 1954 so it has some areas that need to be worked like the aft cockpit and steps to side-deck need refinishing.
The piano hinge on the helm seat needs to be replaced.
During my visit of over an hour and half, the bilge never turned on demonstrating that the hull below the water line is not leaky. Inspecting the bilge I found very little water.
Headliner is all in good shape.
Upholstery and bed cushions all in good shape.
Engine Hour Meters Don't function
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