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A 1903 VINTAGE CABIN CRUISER, designed and built by Matthews Boat Company of Ohio, USA

  • Built for automobile icon JAMES W PACKARD
  • Seven Year Meticulous Restoration
  • US Historic Role Call of Visitors including, Franklin D Roosevelt, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Robert H Jackson, Admiral William Plunkett, Lucille Ball, Bill Clinton

Boat Details

Overall Length: 44ft
Waterline: 41ft 6ins
Beam: 10ft 6ins
Draught: 3ft
Displacement: 18000 LBS
Engine: 135hp Chrysler Crown Engine
Berths: Settee / Berths
Sail: n/a
Designer: Scott Matthews / J W Packard
Builder: Matthews Boat Building Co.
Year Built: 1903
Location: New York


For Roligt is a custom flush-deck day cruiser style motor-yacht with dual cabins designed and built by the Matthews Boat Company in 1903 for automobile icon James W. Packard. She is one of the early boats know as a Naptha launches and was one of the largest on Chautauqua Lake displacing nine tons with an overall length of 44ft. The hull planking is made from white cedar and her structural parts are white oak. All interior trim is made from mahogany. Most of the fittings are original and made of bronze or brass.

In 1970, an entire new bottom was installed. A 24ft white oak log was cut in Chautauqua County for the forward part of the keel; and another 18ft section was spliced aft. In the same year she became a postal carrier and honored by several personal stamps.

First powered by a four cylinder vertical Sterling engine which stood head high in the forward engine room, which was replaced by  J W Packard with one of the first Packard Marine Engines.

This has been subsequently replaced by several power plants; which were moved back under the Captains Bridge, allowing the old engine room to be converted to a chart room and Captain’s Quarters.

According to the 1903 official report by R.J. Barrows Secretary of Navigation Commissioners of Chautauqua Lake, “CARLOTTA” know now as FOR ROLIGT was the first registered on the lake that year, Owner J.W. Packard.

Mr. Barrows comments in his annual report – 19 new Launches have been added to the commissioners list this season. This brings the total of (registered gasoline Launches) to 125. Mr. Barrows then continues, “As there are many under construction ,it is safe to say Chautauqua Lake will be filled with these lively little pleasure craft”.
There are now more than 5000 registered motor boats on Chautauqua Lake.

During J W Packard’s ownership of this yacht from 1903 to 1914, he changed the name from ‘CARLOTTA’ to ‘MANANA’. Most people do not know that the reason for the change which was typical of J W’s wonderful sense of humour. Every Sunday Mr. Fred Armitage of Jamestown, who was a close friend of J W would come to the lake and help with the many various small jobs on the boat. These weekly visits became almost a ritual of friendly associations and personal enjoyment for both men through the years. As years went on Fred showed up later and later to the point J W felt Fred might not arrive until tomorrow (Manana), so in honor  of Fred’s late arrivals J W renamed her “MANANA”. She continued to have that name for another 62 years.

In 1965, the syndicate of Buchan and Lincoln influenced by their Scottish and Scandinavian seafaring forbearers changed the name to happy time of a Swedish whimsical ‘FoR ROLIGT’ Swedish translation (For Fun) Pronounced (Fur-rool-eet)

Beautiful antique copper lined galley is located abaft the main cabin starboard side, directly opposite the Main Salon.

Original running and searchlights are all brass and were manufactured prior to 1890. These had been converted to electricity.

A stunning Brass Binnacle (circa 1875) now sits proudly on the Captains Bridge, which is illuminated by a whale oil lamp.

All brass was made and stamped by the Revere Copper Company which was the business that operated North America’s first copper rolling mill. It was started by Paul Revere in 1801 in Canton, Massachusetts and developed a commercially viable process for manufacturing copper sheets.

LOA: 44 ft 0 in
Beam: 10 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 3 ft 0 in
Displacement: 18000 lbs

Total Power: 135 HP

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Chrysler
Year Built: 1950
Engine Model: Crown
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Petrol
Propeller: 3 blade propeller
Drive Type: Shaft Drive
Engine Power: 135 HP

Cruising Speed: 7 knots
Maximum Speed: 9 knots


Inside Equipment
Electric bilge pump
Marine head

Electrical Equipment
Shore power inlet
Electrical Circuit: 110V

Outside Equipment/Extras
Teak cockpit
Teak sidedecks
Manual windlass

Bimini Top


For Roligt is a unique part of maritime history, a very rare survivor from the early pioneering years of motor yachting in the 20th Century. Now over 113 years old For Roligt has been restored over a seven year period to almost exactly her original specification, retaining all the original specially made fittings, as can be seen from the 1930’s black and white photographs. A very special and beautiful motor-cruiser ideal for lazy days afloat, for entertaining family and friends or just pride of ownership.
New Photos to follow – July 2016

GUIDE: £750,000

LYING: New York, USA