Eric Horst
Bayport Yacht Sales
323 Piney Narrows Road
Chester, MD, US
Office: (410) 643-8100
Mobile: (410) 212-5264

1947 Trumpy "60" Houseboat
Boat Type: Antique and Classic Address: Mathews, VA, US Price: $399,000


Built by John Trumpy and Sons at the Mathis yard in Gloucester City, N.J. Adonia has undergone meticulous renovation by local carpenters, painters and craftsmen in Deltaville, Virgina. She is Trumpy contract number 330. Adonia is a classic houseboat-styled yacht that has transited the east coast of the U.S. from Maine to Florida and to The Bahamas since her original owner commissioned her. She accommodates 6 owners and guests in 3 Staterooms plus 2 in the Crew area forward. She has a comfortable deck house and a soft enclosed after deck with original wing doors. The on-deck Galley has been updated with granite counter tops and drawer style refrigeration. 

If a Classic Trumpy Yacht is on your bucket list, Adonia is a Must See! She took "Best In Show" and "Best Cruiser" awards in June 2021 ACBS Classic Boat Weekend in St. Michaels, MD.



Basic Information

Manufacturer: Trumpy Vessel Name: Adonia
Model: "60" Houseboat Boat Type: Antique and Classic
Year: 1947 Hull Material: Wood
Category: Power Hull Type:
Condition: Used Hull Color:
Location: Mathews, VA, US Designer: John Trumpy
Available for sale in U.S. waters: Yes Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

Length: 60 ft - 18.29 meter Draft - max: -
LOA: 60 ft - 18.29 meter Bridge Clearance: -
Beam: 16 ft - 4.88 meter Dry Weight: -


Make: Detroit Diesel Engine Type: Inboard
Model: 6-71N Drive Type:
Engine(s): 2 Fuel Type: Diesel
Hours: 5100 Horsepower: 225 (Individual), 450 (combined)
Cruise Speed: - Max Speed: -
Range: - Joystick Control: No

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank: - Holding Tank: -
Fresh Water Tank: -    


Total Cabins: 4 Crew Cabins: -
Total Berths: 2 Crew Berths: -
Total Sleeps: - Crew Sleeps: -
Total Heads: 3 Crew Heads: -
Captains Cabin: No    



One of John Trumpy's most sought-after layouts, "Adonia" offers three owners and guest staterooms aft and separate crew cabin forward which is mostly used as a 4th guest stateroom. An updated galley "up" on the main deck, is just forward of the deckhouse. The spacious teak after deck is soft enclosed.

Deck and Hull Details

Refreshed in 2021, ADONIA's topsides and house are painted with Epifanes Mono-Urethane, a high gloss single part yacht paint that is alkyd based. Harder than enamel, but oil based, the paint is more appropriate for wood than two-part catalyst type coatings and offers a finish that is easily cleaned and waxed.

Running lights, owner absent light, meal light and anchor light are original hardware and fittgings and have been refurbished and are all in working order.

Tender is a plywood dinghy of obscure origin, but is lightweight, stable and more in line with the type of tenders used when this vessel was launched. Davits are original. Block and tackle has been configured to accommodate the tender. Oars and oarlocks are onboard.

One of the last single planked yachts built by John Trumpy & Sons, the hull is long leaf yellow pine on white oak frames. The single planking of the hull comprises individual planks that are from 20-35 feet in length, 5-7 inches wide by 1.75 inches thick, depending on location and shape of the hull. Keel and keelson are white oak. The vessel was refastened and recaulked in 2003 at Essex boatyard. (Some photos exist, but no detailed records).

Stanchions were replaced in 2019 with powder coated stainless steel risers welded into the original bronze base plates and caps. Each base plate was set with Dophinite bedding compound and new silica bronze screws were screwed into existing holes that were filled with oak wedges and epoxy to insure solid set and waterproofing on the cap rails.

Handrails from the forward gates to aft were custom fashioned from mahogany using the original patterns and replaced when the stanchions were installed in 2019.

The passarelle on the starboard aft quarter was built and installed in the ealry 1980s. While not original to this Trumpy, it is accurate and appropriate for this vintage of vessel and allows easy on and off when anchored or tied to port side and welcoming visitors from small boats to starboard side who can't land a dinghy at the dock. The ladder also serves as a great access point for paddleboards and kayaks. These types of ladders were often used on commuter yachts that anchored in NY harbor in the 1920s and 1930s.

  • Prop Speed applied to wheels and shafts 2021
  • New paint April 2021 on bottom, topside and house
  • New roof paint (3 coats) 2019
  • Brightwork stripped and revarnished in 2019
  • New stanchions and handrails installed in 2019
  • Vintage Bronze Perko Bow Light with Fresnel lense purchased and installed 2021

Electronics and Navigation
  • Raymarine A series 12 inch chart plotter
  • Navionics chip set and Lighthouse chip set
  • Raytheon Radar
  • Raymarine depth sounder integrated into Raymarine chartplotter
  • 2 Standard Horizon VHF radios, one with AIS receiver integrated into chart plotter
  • Sytex Auto helm autopilot
  • Redport WiFi extender and wireless router Installed / receiver antenna on roof
  • Wave WiFi extender and wireless router Installed / receiver antenna on roof

Canvas and Custom Cover Details
  • Aft deck Strataglass curtains are new (2020)
  • New (2021) custom fitted sunbrella deck covers for foredeck and side decks back to the aft deck with snaps and velcro anchor points along the bulwarks
    and side of house.
  • Doghouse Cover matches new custom deck covers and is fitted and attaches to the deck cover
  • Windlass cover matches new custom deck covers and is fitted and attaches to the deck cover
  • Complete set of winter curtains (side deck and aft deck) that hang below cap rail, all rerubished in 2020
  • Fitted cover for forward bench
  • Windshield wraparound cover
  • Bowcover

Additional Information

Adonia's current owners are the eighth owners of the yacht. She was launched in 1947 from the Gloucester City, NJ yard as contract #330. The next to the last vessel completed at the NJ yard, she carries a placard identifying the yacht as "Built by John Trumpy & Sons, Inc Formerly Mathis Yacht Building Co." When Trumpy moved to Annapolis later that year, all references to Mathis were removed from vessel identification.

"Adonia" was owned by the former President of Oldsmobile Corporation, Irving J. Reuter, in 1959. She was at the 1962 America's Cup in Newport, RI as part of the fleet of observers under the ownership of Joseph Eisenberg of Mamaroneck, NY. "Adonia" has plied the east coast from Maine to the Bahamas over the years and carries logbooks from the period of Eisenberg's ownership, 1960 - 1965, under the name "Paradise."

The original owner of contract #330 was Thomas Keane whose family owned Southern Hotel Supply corporation. Keane had the vessel laid out with a master stateroom and two guest cabins below, galley up, crew quarters forward of the engine room, a built-in bar and crystal cabinet with mirror back and glass doors and teak decks that run the length of the boat. All interior paneling, decks and doors are original and carry the Trumpy stamps on top edges of the vessel indicating the #330 contract number. The galley floor has been overlaid during a 1996 renovation, but the original teak remains underneath.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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Eric Horst
Bayport Yacht Sales
323 Piney Narrows Road
Chester, MD, US
Office: (410) 643-8100
Mobile: (410) 212-5264