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1971 Matthews 56 Motor Yacht

Holland, Michigan


Classic motor yacht with 2002 Volvo Penta D12C 700hp diesels. One of the engines is in the process of being re-built and will be in working order for the new owner. Just a few of the features of this boat include a bow thruster, low profile dinghy hoist with dinghy on the aft hardtop and a roomy three stateroom layout with a large salon and a roomy enclosed aft deck.

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Pier 33 is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Holland Yacht Sales.

Basic Boat Info

Make: Matthews
Model: 56 Motor Yacht
Year: 1971
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Construction: Fiberglass


Length: 56 ft / 17.07 m
Length Overall: 56 ft / 17.07 m
Beam: 16 ft / 4.88 m

Engines / Speed

Engines: 2
Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make: Volvo Penta
  • Model: D12C
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 700hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Year: 2002
  • Engine Location: Starboard
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make: Volvo Penta
  • Model: D12C
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Type: Inboard
  • Year: 2002
  • Engine Location: Port
Total Engine Power: 700hp


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 750 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 300 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 70 gal


Heads Count: 3
Boat Class: Motor Yachts, Antique and Classics

Accommodations and Commments

This classic motor yacht features a three cabin layout with a large salon and a roomy aft deck. The owner's stateroom is aft and has port and starboard twin beds with a private bathroom with a large shower plus ample storage. The other aft stateroom also has twin beds and is located along the port side. The aft companionway has an additional head as well as a washer and dryer compartment. The large salon features great woodwork and lots of windows for light and ventilation. Moving forward is a large fully equipped galley to starboard and a u-shaped dinette on the port side. All the way forward is a large v-berth with a private head and many storage areas.

The comfortable  aft deck and helm area features lots of room for the crew plus the large helm seat that has a built in wet bar. The side decks are wide and easy to get around. The large bow area is a great place to relax  with its built-in seating and room for chairs. The hardtop over the aft deck has a low-profile 1,000 pound davit. 

Galley Features

The large galley is located forward and down from the salon along the starboard side. It has all the appliances and ample storage.

  • Maytag 120V refrigerator/freezer
  • GE micowave
  • 4 burner cooktop
  • Kitchen Aid dishwasher
  • Double stainless steel sink
  • Separate washer and dryer located in aft companionway
  • Frigidaire refrigerator and a U-Line icemaker mounted in the aft deck wetbar
Electrical and Mechanical Systems

In 2002/2003 Volvo Penta factory personnel re-powered the boat with new D12C-AMP 700hp diesels. This install included new transmissions and shafts, plus a new Westerbeke 12.5KW generator. At some point during the last owner's tenure (bought the boat in 2013 with 450 hours on the engines) the starboard engine was overheated and damaged. That owner has signed the boat over to the marina where the boat is located. Included in the asking price of the boat will be a re-build of the starboard engine and replacement of the starboard transmission.

  • 110V/220V electrical system with dual cords
  • 12V electrical system
  • Electric service panel with volt and amp meters
  • Max Power bow thruster with dedicated batteries and charger - 24V
  • Hydraulic steering
  • Electric and compressor driven horns mounted on the hardtop
  • Volvo Penta engine controls and panels
  • Volvo engine synchronizer 
  • Nautical Structures low profile davit (1,000 lb) mounted on port aft hardtop
  • Zeppelin inflatable mounted on hardtop with 15hp Mercury outboard
  • Trim tabs with helm indicator
  • Extra set of four blade props
  • Automatic bilge pumps
  • Battery charger
  • Pressure water system with hot water heater
  • Three electric heads
  • Ideal horizontal windlass


Electronics and Navigation Equipment
  • Northstar 6100i radar/chart plotter withan open array
  • Northstar 952x GPS Navigator
  • Raymarine Ray 218 VHF/hailer
  • Raymarine Tridata (speed, depth and distance)
  • Raymarine autopilot
  • Remote controlled spotlight
  • Ritchie Powerdamp compass
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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