Perfect weekend for messing about in boats: 1950 Matonnat Speedboat at Bonhams

Perfect weekend for messing about in boats: 1950 Matonnat Speedboat at Bonhams

£ 8,000 - 14,000
€ 9,300 - 16,000
To be sold without reserve at GOODWOOD MEMBERS' MEETING - 7 Apr 2019, 13:00 BST - CHICHESTER, GOODWOOD

Length overall: 14' 9" (4.5m)
Beam: 5' 1" (1.55m)
Motor: Evinrude Big-Twin outboard rated at 18.4kW (24.67bhp)

This supremely elegant speedboat was built in 1950 by Pierre Matonnat at his firm's boatyard in Arcachon on France's Atlantic coast. Founded by Gaspard Matonnat in 1933, this boat builder made dinghies, cabin cruisers, and speedboats of traditional wood construction. Hard hit by the industry's almost wholesale adoption of glassfibre in the 1960s, the firm was restructured in 1979 as SECM Matonnat.


Purchased at an auction in Amiens, France, this Matonnat speedboat has belonged to the current vendor since 2012. A totally original 'barn find' when acquired, the boat has been restored in Saint Malo by the well-known boatyard, Bob Escoffier Maritime. Now retired, Bob worked on the Matonnat with his daughter Servane Escoffier, the wife of yachtsman Louis Burton. They completely and beautifully restored it retaining all the original parts, including the Evinrude outboard motor that worked very well. The vendor has never used the craft, which would need to be returned to the water statically for a while for the wood to expand before any serious use. The Matonnat comes with its own trailer.


Also on offer at this auction - an Inner Harbour Pilot Boat

£ 2,000 - 4,000
€ 2,300 - 4,700

Length overall: 11' 3" (3.429m)
Beam: 4' 2" (1.27m)
Draft: 11" (0.279m)

They Say: 
The vessel offered here - Pilot One - is an inner harbour pilot boat built in the early years of the 20th Century and completely restored by Artisan Boatworks of Rockport, Maine in 2011/2012. 

It is of plank-on-frame, lap-strake construction, with frames, stringers, and planking, a hard chine at the maximum beam waterline, and a slight counter to the stern. The hull is painted white, with a bright finished deck, cockpit, and stern. Fittings include a bow cleat, mast partners and step, shroud plates, turning blocks for the main halyard, splash rail with built-up coaming, centre board trunk, floorboards, centre thwart, seats, centre board, rudder, mast with standing and running rigging, sail, and mainsheet. 

The current vendor purchased the boat at Bonhams' sale of the Seamen's Church Institute Collection of Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts in New York in May 2011 (Lot 2120). 

Pilot One is fully equipped, including rigging and sail, and comes complete with its own trailer and a fitted cradle for storage/transportation.

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