EL Presidente -
Builder and Owner History
Yacht Building Company ~ Camden, New Jersey ~ 1939
Designer: John Trumpy – LOA: 91'/96' – LWL:
59'2” - Beam 18” - Draft: 5' Model: Houseboat
– Fuel/Water: 1200/1000Gal – Power: (2) GM
81 71 D's - Hull: Mahogany over Oak.
Company History: In 1910 the Mathis Yacht Building Co.
was incorporated in Camden, NJ. Officers were; William
Robertson, President, John Trumpy, Vice President and
John Mathis, Secretary-Treasurer. A spin-off from shipbuilder
John H. Mathis Co. and the idea of John Trumpy, this new
company was formed to build yachts and build yachts it
did. For the next 29years the company prospered delivering
magnificent yachts to the rich and by building military
boats for America during WW I. In 1939 John Trumpy became
president of the company and moved the operation to Gloucester
City, NJ. In 1943 the company's name changed to John Trumpy
& Son, Inc. The rest is American yacht building legend.
Vessel History: Built in 1939 and originally named “Innisfail”,
this rare fantail designed yacht was sold to J. M. Cudahy
of Chicago. In 1942 she was commissioned YP354 by the
U. S. Navy. In 1947 the boat was decommissioned, sold
and brought back to her former elegance. From the war
years until 1965 however “EL Presidente” remained
in government service througha lend-lease agreement serving
mant foreign digitaries, heads of state and a number of
U. S. Presidents – used second only to the (former0
Presidential Yact U.S.S. Sequoia. She has hosted presidents
Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Ford. As of
2006 she was privately owned and available for charter.