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46' Monk Sedan


DALAI LAMA was built at the Matsumoto Shipyard in North Vancouver BC in 1953. Sam Matsumoto built boats in Prince Rupert long before World War II, but sadly was interned during the war years.  After the war he established Matsumoto Shipyards in the Dollarton section of North Vancouver and became a leader in aluminum boat construction.  The yard closed in 1989, but Sam left his mark on the industry.  Using a one-off Ed Monk design, he crafted this beautiful 46' sedan with white oak frames and planked with 1 ½ Philippine Mahogany.  She was completely re-fitted from 1999 to 2002 by George McNeilly, repowered in 2009 and re-planked over 80% in 2019 by her current owner, using the same  1 ½ Philippine Mahogany.  No expense has been spared as she has been lovingly cared for her whole life. 

 She is now on our Sales Dock in Port Townsend!

  • Make: Monk
  • Model: Sedan
  • Year: 1953
  • Length: 46ft
  • Name: DALAI LAMA
  • Hull Material: Wood
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • Located In: Port Townsend, WA

M/V DALAI LAMA 1953 Ed Monk Sunliner Sedan

  • Category: Power
  • Class: Motor Yachts
  • Designer: Ed Monk Sr
  • Builder: Sam Matsumoto, Matsumoto Shipyards
  • LOA: 46 feet
  • Beam: 13 feet
  • DryWeight: 28000 pounds
  • CruisingSpeed: 9 knots
  • Total Engines: 2
  • Engine 1
  • EngineMake: Perkins
  • EngineModel: Sabre M 135
  • EngineYear: 2009
  • EngineFuel: diesel
  • PropellerType: 4 Blade, Bronze
  • EngineHours: 336
  • Engine 2
  • EngineMake: Perkins
  • EngineModel: Sabre M 135
  • EngineYear: 2009
  • EngineFuel: diesel
  • PropellerType: 4 Blade, Bronze
  • EngineHours: 336
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 320 gallon
  • Fuel Tank Count: 1
  • Water Tank Capacity: 100 gallon
  • Water Tank Count: 1
  • Holding Tank Capacity: 35 gallon
  • Holding Tank Count:1
  • Single Berths: 2
  • Double Berths: 2
  • Cabins: 3
  • Heads: 2

Additional Descriptions


As you approach M/V DALAI LAMA you notice her beautiful sheer complimented by her swept back house and teak trim throughout.  Her portlights are tinted with gold UV heat reflective material.  Moving aft along her portside you step up and then down onto her beautifully trimmed Philippine Mahogany and Teak fantail.  New canvas adorns her upper helm and after deck.  Climbing up the ladder onto her flybridge you see her beautiful appointments including her upper helm with modern electronics and gauges, but with a Vintage look and feel.  Stepping down through the companionway you enter her main salon, completely trimmed in mahogany and teak with settee to port and starboard.  The Starboard settee slides out to an athwartships queen. Forward and down two steps you enter the gust berth forward with two single bunks and head to port.  Turning now and heading aft through the main salon you step down to the galley and another settee to port slides out to a queen bed as well.  The modern galley is trimmed in solid mahogany and features modern new appliances and appointments. The fine craftsmanship displayed in this yacht won her "Boat of the Show" at the 2002 Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival and "Best Power Boat 30' and Above" that same year.  She truly is amazing!

Main & Auxiliary Systems Upgrades

Re-Powered 2009 with Perkins Sabre M-135 (135 HP) Diesel Engines (336 hours 2020)New Oil Pans on Main Diesel Engines
New Propellers
All running gear, props, rudders, shafts, trim tabs (Prop Speed)
New 1500 Watt Inverter
Replaced 4 AGM House Batteries (2015)
Replaced 1 8D Start Battery (2015)
Refurbished VacuFlush Vacuum Pumps
New Blackwater Pump
New Grey Water Pump

Hull Refit & Upgrades

Built Matsumoto Shipyard North Vancouver British Columbia Canada 1953
Refit George McNeilly 1999-2002 
Re-Planked with 1 1/2 " Philippine Mahogany over 80% of hull  2019


Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival "Boat of the Show" 2002
Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival "Best Power Boat 30-feet and Above"  2002


3-Burner Princess Propane Oven
New 3/4 size 110/12 VDC Refrigerator Freezer
ULINE Ice Maker 
Stainless Steel Sink
New Marine hot water heater

Navigation Safety Equipment

Raymarine Dragonfly-4 GPS - Plotter - Depth Sounder
New VHF-FM Radio 
3 New B2 Fire Extinguishers


Additional Features

  • OVEN
  • GPS
  • VHF

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. Buyer should assume that items on the vessel at the time of viewing, but not specifically listed on this specification sheet, are not included with the sale of the yacht, and should instruct his agents, or his surveyors to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. Buyer assumes responsibility to verify all speeds, consumptions, capacities and other measurements contained herein and otherwise provided, and agrees to instruct his surveyor to confirm such details prior to purchase. This vessel is subject to sale, price and inventory changes, and withdrawal from market without notice.

Broker Details

Joe Lecato

Yacht & Ship Sales
703-965-5237 - mobile
206-602-2702 - office
2601 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

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