1919 Mathis-Trumpy

(Satsuma FL.)

<i>The Grand Lady</i>

The Grand Lady

"I am asking you to please help me.

I am searching for a good home for a Historic 1919 Mathis-Trumpy, The Grand Lady (originally Riette II).

As you may know she is one of the oldest Trumpy yachts still alive.

She in critical need of restoration/reconstruction and currently sits in the water in a plastic bladder in Satsuma FL.

This boat is FREE to a good home.

If you can help me out in ANY way (brainstorming, referring me to people/resources/sites, etc) I would love to hear from you.

This was my father's boat and he just passed away.

I have only two and a half months to find the boat a home before her demise and I have limited contacts and knowledge because I am not familiar with boats.

We would like her to find a good new home, and an owner who can restore her to perfection.

See Katrina's comment below for contact details.

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Feb 16, 2015
Don't bother attempting contact
by: Anonymous

After reading the original posting on some forum, I shipped emails attempting to display interest in this vessel. Why do I say "Don't bother trying to contact"? BECAUSE THE OWNER EITHER IGNORED OR PAYED NO ATTENTION TO ANY EMAILS SENT!!!

Do understand, all who we this, that I am not trying to offend anyone. I am simply trying to warn you of what will happen if you email the owner:

1: Your email WILL be ignored.
2: Your interest will be in vain.

May 26, 2014
Aubert Fay
by: Margo

Is this the yacht built for Aubert J. Fay of Lowell, MA?

Feb 28, 2014
Still Available?
by: RichAnonymous

Would like to know if this boat is still available.

She's a classic alright.

Last correspondence I saw re her was Feb 24, 2013
by Jeff.

Please advise.

Feb 24, 2013
boat Crazy
by: Jeff Anonymous

I would love to get and restore your dads boat.

I live in northern ca.

Maybe I could ship it out here. My # is707 972 3209 call any time thanks.

Nov 05, 2012
by: A hartman

Is she still floating.

Feb 06, 2012
the grand lady
by: Anonymous

I would like to find out more about the grand lady.

I am very interested in her!!

I'm like most others I would HATE to see her be lost without a fighting chance ! ! ! !


Jun 10, 2011
Boat Lover
by: Anonymous

Earl McMillen is the best!

You can find his contact information on the website below:

McMillen Yachts Inc.

May 21, 2011
save this boat
by: jeff tracy

Earl McMillan is in the business of renovating old trumpys.

Google McMillan Yachts Bluffton, S.C.

Best wishes, jt

May 11, 2011
not rich but can fix
by: Scott

I want to let you know that I want to let you know I would rather have this lady than see her destroyed, let me know.


Jan 23, 2011
Condition of "Grand Lady",
by: Katrina

This antique boat would be no small undertaking - yes, her hull and wiring would need to be replaced.

But the old Gray Marine Diesel engine, although it has been submerged, does run.

For a nearly 100 year old boat she does have so much going for her.

Not too long ago, Jim Moores, from Moores Marine, was aboard and said "I was very impressed at how much of her was original."

Maynard Bray, from Wooden Boat Magazine stated that "the deckhouse portion of her interior (aka, the living quarters) is mostly original and well worth recycling.

Handsome paneling and moldings abound." Bill Iler, from Trumpy Yacht Charters, too, commented on the originality of her interior.

If you are at all curious, have a look at another Trumpy that was, ironically, in a very similar situation.

This vessel, too, was in Florida.

Like "Grand Lady" her owner recently passed away and she was also about to be destroyed.

This vessel's name is "Freedom". Please have a look.



Jan 20, 2011
Status of boat's true condition

What condition are the engines in, the electrical system, and the status of the hull's integrity?

This could be a beautiful boat once again, but the minimum rehabilitation may be a bit too much.

Jan 12, 2011
by: Anonymous


This boats hull is still wrapped in plastic.

With a little reinforcement (another plastic liner?) it is probable that she could be towed a small distance.

I am not sure about road travel but there is a dry dock nearby where work could be done.

I have lots of photos on a drop box account.

I just need you to email me (thegoodslp[at]yahoo[dot]com) so that I (have your email address and) can send you an invitation to the account.

This Trumpy, which is believe to have been Thomas Edisons private Naturopaths boat, will soon reach her 100th anniversary.

It would be so nice to have her rebuilt and relaunched by then!


Jan 11, 2011
by: Lee

I am fascinated by old cabin cruisers.

Especially live aboards like this one.

When I look at this one I see a beautiful girl with fresh paint and clean and shining mahogany.

I am now building a 28' boat now.

But my question is if the boat can be moved?

Is it floating on it's own at all now.

And do you have any other pictures of it?

Exterior and many interior.

I may know some people to help.


Aug 12, 2010
by: Katrina

Hello Brian,

Not sure of what you are speaking about. Can you clarify... Was your message sent to this link as an error?


Aug 05, 2010
by: Anonymous

Did you get prior message incomplete. Sent that off by accident and neglected contact info. Tel Brian 705 428 6898 eastern central time.

Thank You!


Feb 26, 2010
Trumpy Contact Info
by: Katrina


If you would like to email the individual trying to find a good home for this Trumpy email her at:


Please also have a look at this boat at: Bone Yard Boats

and : Jim Moores article on this boat

Thank you,

Feb 23, 2010
Mathis Trumpy
by: Mike

Hi Rich,

I have passed your message on.


Feb 23, 2010
Saving History
by: Anonymous

I would like to learn more information from you but everytime that I try to click to contact you it does not go to an email.

Please contact me at rlhurd55@yahoo.com

Thank you and hope we can save her

Rich Hurd

Feb 23, 2010
Jim Moores
by: Anonymous

There was an article in WoodenBoat march/april 2009 about a guy named Jim Moores who does a lot of restorations of Trumpys and seems to know a lot of people who have the cash to restore them.

Perhaps you caught it and have contacted him, but if not he would be a good place to start.



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