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1966 53 (ft.) MATTHEWS 53 Sportfish (diesel)

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General Information

Listing# 133233

Harrison Township, MI, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
53 Sportfish (diesel)
53 (ft.)
Hull Material
Fuel Type
Engine Model
Number of Engines
Engine Type
Engine Hours

General Details

This 1966 Matthews 53 Sportfish is a very unique boat. What makes it unique is that there were only 4 made. The layout of the boat is modeled after the Matthews design of there much larger boats. It is a very user-friendly layout designed for entertaining or just relaxing with your family. When you enter from the aft there is an enormous outdoor deck area. As you enter the cabin there is even a bigger spacious family room type area. In this area there is a low profile but very nice modern sound system. Beyond the family room is the fully functional galley with a side-by-side refrigerator. Beyond the galley are there are three staterooms and 2 heads which provide ample room for a fully crew.

This boat has a lot of charm. Just look at the pictures and you will see it has a Cape Code type look all throughout. It's not a flashy looking boat but it has a comfortable, easy feel that will make your guests, your family and friends feel right right at home. Quality workmanship is obvious when you step aboard. Beautiful woodwork, thoughtful layout, and unique features are everywhere.

The boat was made in Northwest Ohio. It was built in 1966 and delivered to the original owner in 1967. Just one year later in 1968 the second owner who owned the boat for over 50 years bought it. This owner only used the boat occasionally and primarily in the west side of Lake Erie. The currently owner is a self-proclaimed boat "junky". He's a wood boat expert and has owned and restored many of vessels. The current owner knows wood boats very well. If fact, on this boat, he has installed a modern alert system that will sent a text message to his phone if the boat looses power or the bilge takes on water to an unacceptable level. When you meet him you'll be impressed with his level of knowledge.

The engine room cannot go unmentioned. Powered by two big Detroit Diesel's it is enormous and clean.These powerful diesels have recently been completely rebuilt by an experienced Detroit Diesel mechanic. It includes an very large water heater and giant halon system, two A/C units, the generator and other mechanical systems.

The helm would make any Captain proud. It's clean, well laid out has it's own sound system and a full canvas enclosure.

The boat is currently in the water in a heated indoor space. It's ready for viewings and the engines and other mechanical systems are fully functional. Also a recent survey is available to qualified buyers.

This is a lot of boat for the money. It has a great layout and an easy comfortable feel when you come aboard.

Please submit any and ALL offers - your offer may be accepted! Submit your offer today!

At POP Yachts, we will always provide you with a TRUE representation of every vessel we market. We encourage all buyers to schedule a survey for an independent analysis. Any offer to purchase is ALWAYS subject to satisfactory survey results.

Take a look at ALL ***127 PICTURES*** of this vessel on our main website at POPYACHTS DOT COM. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to speaking with you!

Stock #36241


Navigational Equipment
- CD Player - Depth Sounder - Navigation Lights - Sound System
- Cooling System - Engine Alarms - Engine Cylinders (Eight) - Flybridge
Electrical Systems
- Battery Charger - Battery Switch - Circuit Breaker Panel - Cockpit Lighting - Gauges - Generator - Horn - Night Lighting - Shore Power (110v. AC - Stereo - Water Heater
- A/C (2 Units) - Bath - Cabin Lighting - Cabinets - Freezer - Fridge - Galley - Head (2) - Heat - Hot Water System - Oven - Pressurized Water System - Shower - Sink - Stove - Subwoofer - Table - Wet Bar
Deck Gear
- Anchor - Canvas - Windlass - Windshield
Safety Equipment
- Alarm - Bilge Pump - Fire Extinguisher - Fire Suppression System - Auto/captain Text System (See Description)