The Boat
Everything You Wanted To Know About Matsu

Matsu is a Passport 51 designed by Stan Huntingford and built by Passport Yachts in Taiwan.

She is Hull #8 and the last Passport 51 ever built.

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LOA: 51' 1"
LWL: 43' 3"Beam: 14' 5"
Draft: 7' 4"
Disp: 22 Tonnes
Fuel: 775 litres
Water: 870 Litres
Engine: 88Hp Nanni Mercedes

The boat was launched in 1987 in San Francisco with the name Silver Lining. Her first owners Phil & Irene Patch sailed her in the Bay Area for a few years and then headed for the Sea of Cortez, moored much of the time in La Paz. They sailed the boat for seven years in Mexico before bringing her back to San Diego in 1997 where she was sold to Jeff and Anne Brooke of Phoenix, AZ, who renamed her High Drama.

Jeff and Anne did some sailing in the San Diego area before leaving in 1999 on a circumnavigation via the Pacific Islands, New Zealand (where they had a major refit done), Australia, South East Asia, Indian Ocean and up the Red Sea to the Med returning to the USA in early 2006, where she was put up for sale in Florida.

We bought her on 22nd December 2006 and renamed her Matsu, after the Taiwanese Goddess of the sea who provides protection to sailors and fishermen. We were a bit concerend about renaming a boat but decided that as it had been done once already without incident we would risk it.

We plan to continue putting many cruising miles under her keel and hope we manage to at least match the 10 year ownership mark of her previous owners.