Sunday, December 21, 2014

1940 Elco 57 Motor Yacht

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1940 Elco 57 Motor Yacht “Matriarch” restoration by Nautilus Restorations

4 comments:

Nautilus Marine Restorations said...

Very interesting to find these photos on the internet. This was my boat and my company did the restoration.It was used on Lake Keowee in SC in ourvintage wine and cheese cruise business for seven years. The vessel was sold two years ago and has since disappeared. I believe it was damaged beyond financially responsible repair by the transport company. She was a grand old lady and on of three Elco 57's extant.

Nautilus Restorations said...

An amateur video of the shakedown cruise can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXOnReHpzbc

henry nevins said...
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henry nevins said...

I'm a naval architect and a 44 year owner of a 1939 Elco 53ft. I don't think much for the way Matriarch was launched from a crane, and even less for being held by two straps. Two straps for a boat that size and weight will cut through a wood hull like a wire cheese cutter. Note in the photo that Matriarch's hull is being pinched inward by the rear strap. Ideally wood boats should be hauled via a marine railway. By travel lift - four straps minimum, yet the hull will still flex, evident by cracks along every plank seam of a new paint job. Who ever owns her now recently posted a problem with her transmissions and desperate to find parts? I believe she still has Cummings V8 diesels and Michigan quad props.