If second lives can happen for these two boats, they already have. Aging is a cruel and inevitable process for humans and their handicrafts alike.

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Walking here feels not unlike being through a cemetery where no markers bear names. A Matthews, I guess? Compare with this.

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This one is a rare ACF yacht, now too far gone to be rescued. That site should be called “free projects cum boats.”

All the fine tropical hardwoods are practically exotic mulch. A knifeblade goes clear through.

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Starboard side of the ACF and bow of the Matthews.

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Closer up of the starboard bow of the Matthews with ACF to port.
Here are some great links to scroll through by manufacturer.

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Last heartbreaking shot for today: view into port cabin door of the ACF. Wish it had made it to a museum like this one far upstate New York.
Anyone ever see a restored ACF aka American Car & Foundry? It’s the luxury craft of another age: Elco, Hacker, Owens . . . like Cord, Dusenberg, and Packard.

Here are more survivors. Scroll to the bottom for some great links. If only we could save them all.

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