Mat Ali's Rich History
Mat Ali was commissioned in the early 1930s by Peter Edwards. He was the manager of the Teluk Pirah Estate in Malaysia, an oil plantation. There was an enormous tree on the land of an extremely hard oriental hardwood, Chengal. This he had cut down and milled to provide his yacht, built in 1935 by a local builder named Mat Ali. The new yacht, launched in 1936, was cruised extensively by Edwards in Malayan waters for 16 months. In May 1937 she was shipped to Port Said the and then sailed to the Helford River via tha Aegean Islands, Corinth Canal, Straits of Mesina, and the French canals (Cette to Bordeau). A log of this cruise was published in Yachting Monthly in April 1938. Edwards was invited to become a member of the presigious Royal Cruising Club and wrote about his subsequent summer cruises in the 1938 and 1939 journals.
Mary Watson, one of her current owners, has been been in touch with a comprehensive list of past owners and she supplied the up to date photograph, above. The other owner, Charles Hussey has blogged about Mat Ali. He's reinstated Mat Ali's shortened boom and bowsprit to their original lengths. There is a further recent photograph, taken by Robert Griffiths, in the Summer 2014 issue of The HBA Magazine.
Mat Ali Statistics
Built : 1935 by Mat Ali in Selangor, Kuala, Malaya
LOA : 31' 8"
LWL : 28' 8"
Beam : 9' 8"
Draught : 6' 1"
Displacement : 11 tons TM
Lloyd's Register : N° 157863, London
Signal Letters : MTZP
Mat Ali Custodians & Home Ports
Charles Hussey & Mary Watson (2011-2016...) Dartmouth
Rob & Sue Lipsett (2009-2011) Dartmouth
Lee Rogers (2005-2009) Dartmouth, St Catherine's Dock
Rob & Sue Lipsett (2001-2005) Dartmouth
Anthony (Tony) & Christine Speed (1992-2001) Solent, Dartmouth
Michael Wrightson (1983-1992) Bristol, Devon
Ian Hobbs (1967-1983) Hamble
Colin J Jeffries (1950-1967) Cornwall
Frank Ash Yeo (1949-1950) Cornwall
Owner not named in Lloyd's Registers (Used by Dutch Navy)
EJC (Peter) Edwards (1935-1940 or 1941) Malaya => Cornwall
A YM advert offering Mat Ali for sale in November 1947
The asking price was £2,420 (from another advert)
This converts to £91,360 in 2016 if inflation is allowed for
Page last updated : June 2016