E. J. Mertaugh Boat Works
Artania II, a 1970 65’ cruiser build by the Matthews Boat Company in Port Clinton, Ohio is the last of the wood-hulled Matthews boats built before the company began building fiberglass boats in 1971. Formerly known as Mahogany, the Matthews was owned by a Michigan congressman, and was a familiar sight to many cruising the Great Lakes every summer.
Artania II was purchased by her current owner here at Mertaugh Boat Works during the winter of 2011. That spring, some hull planks were found to need replacement. The new planks were installed in time to launch for the owner to enjoy a trip to Mackinac Island as well as win 1st Place in the Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show (http://www.lchistorical.org/boatfest.html ), the third time she would receive that honor.
The winter of 2012 plans were made to replace more hull planks but the owner took a bit of a break from the Matthews restoration so we could restore a 1964 17’ Century Resorter that caught his eye when he saw it for sale in our showroom!
As there were plans to drive the Artania II back to the owner’s home port in Virginia, she underwent a major electronics upgrade during the next two layup seasons. Our talented house electrician installed two complete navigation systems while making extensive upgrades to the interior wiring and electrical systems onboard.
Beautiful new teak decking was milled and installed while the hull planks were being replaced, and the house was repaired as well. A custom-designed and fabricated teak bench seat was built for the bow deck area, providing additional seating and storage. All bright work was sanded and painted to show-quality specs.
In August of 2014, Artania II headed south where she is still attracting much-deserved attention from admirers who know a good thing when they see it.