Model 40 STOCK CRUISER
City NEWPORT BEACH
Owner RICHARD STRAND
Euphrates is a 40 foot classic wooden motor-yacht built by Matthews, in Port Clinton, Ohio in 1949. Matthews was one of the top builders of that era and many boats have been carefully maintained. Euphrates is fresh off a loving, ten-year restoration. The original work was performed with great care and expertise by the prior owner who was a true craftsman. This was to be his personal “Dream Boat”. Unfortunately advancing age and health issues prevented him from finishing his dream. The work he did perform was absolutely first class. He used only very high quality components, and the beautiful woodwork reflected his prior experience as a shipwright at Stephens Shipyard in Stockton, California.
The hull was re-fastened, the boat was re-powered with two GM V-8 Crusader engines and Velvet Drive transmissions. The boat was completely rewired with a new AC/DC distribution panel. All new plumbing was planned and pumps, tanks and hot water heater were purchased, but not yet installed. The interior was nearly complete and is stunning. Teak and mahogany abound. Overhead, the ceiling is dressed with mahogany beams.The galley is detailed with intricate inlayed wood and custom tiles. There is a deep porcelain sink. The stove is a two-burner Origo alcohol/electric unit. There are two Norcold AC/DC refrigerators. The head is a Wilcox-Crittendon Skipper II…the best! There is a stand up shower to port. For new fresh water system has a SHUR-flo pump and hot water heater. The forward stateroom has two large bunks with built-in custom cabinets. There are two spectacular custom doghouse hatches that offer plenty of light and ventilation. In the pilothouse, the large leather convertible couch folds into a double bed. All the upholstery was new. Everything was freshly painted and varnished.
About a year ago the original owner realized he would not be able to finish this project and he offered his “Dream” for sale. The purchase was completed in 2012 and the boat was shipped to Newport Beach to be finished under the watchful eye of PrimeTime Yachts. The actual work was performed at Larson’s Shipyard, a longtime respected shipyard in Newport Beach. It is a small shipyard but they specialize in wooden classics. The remaining work on the interior was finished in the same high quality style as the original. An additional wiring circuit was added. The plumbing was installed and finished. Exterior work was begun. The foredeck and pilot house roof were taken down to bare wood, fiber-glassed, primed and painted. The bottom was also taken down to bare wood, reefed, caulked, primed and painted. The transom was completely rebuilt with the outer layer of planks now one inch thick mahogany. This allows for a beautiful, classic varnished mahogany transom with the name Euphrates, hand done in gold leaf. All bright work, chrome, brass, or bronze was buffed, polished, replaced or re-chromed.