Enter the large salon area through side deck access doors port & starboard. The salon has an L-shaped settee to port with a table & chairs. Aft in the salon to port is a bench seat with storage below, and etched mirrors and beveled glass locker on main bulkhead.
Continuing aft and down to starboard is the galley. Aft of the galley is the master cabin with a double berth to port with drawer storage below, opening port light and an enclosed head opposite. The head has a tiled shower stall with etched glass door. The counter top in the head is also tiled, and there is a Vacu-flush marine toilet, wash basin and mirror, cabinet and opening port light.
Continuing aft to the cockpit with fir flooring, canvas and eisenglass enclosure, teak table & chairs and a hard top. From the salon forward down a few steps is the guest cabin. Guest cabin has a double berth to port and over/under berths to starboard with storage below. There are drawers P&S with shelves over, a mirrored bulkhead, four opening port lights, and access to engine room. The guest head has a Vacu-flush marine toilet and two opening port lights. The forepeak used for storage & line locker.
The flybridge has the helm on center with teak framed windshield and teak steering wheel. There is a double seat to port and single seat to starboard. Two storage boxes port & starboard with custom teak backrests provide comfortable guest seating.
During the 85 years she's been afloat, Conquest has been owned by a flapper whose ghost is now said to haunt a Washington hotel, participated in a world war, hosted First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, made a Playboy Playmate of the Month look reasonably nautical, housed a seasick parrot, and won the Newport Harbor Yacht Club Opening Day Commodore's Award and Werner Trophy. Conquest has seen a lot, but it doesn't show.
In 1929, Donald L. Rheem, an industrialist and yachtsman from Orinda, CA ordered this one-of-a-kind classic cruiser from the Stephens Brothers shipbuilders in Stockton, CA. Originally named the Colonel Rheem, delivery of Stephens Brothers hull #572 was received in August of 1929. Original details such as solid brass portholes, fittings and stanchions, and gleaming Burmese teak can still be seen throughout the boat.
Donald Rheem sold the Colonel Rheem to the president of the Standard Oil Company of California in the early 1930's, and the boat was renamed The Colonel. However, Donald's wife, Alice Rheem, later bought the boat back in the mid '30's. Described by relatives as an irrepressible flapper and a socialite, Alice partied in San Francisco, cruised The Colonel around the Bay Area, and generally behaved badly until her husband decided it was time for Alice to live elsewhere.
In 1938, in an attempt to get his wife under control, Donald Rheem bought a mansion on a tranquil cove in the San Juan Islands, and shipped Alice - and The Colonel - off to live there. Alice's new home, the Moran Mansion (now part of the Rosario Resort and Spa) was purchased from Seattle mayor and shipbuilder Robert Moran and is located on beautiful Orcas Island in Washington state. Alice Rheem passed away while living on Orcas Island, and the hotel's website says she still haunts certain rooms in the Rosario Resort and Spa today. The Colonel returned to the Bay Area.
Like many yachts of this vintage, the boat was commandeered by the Navy when the United States entered World War II. The Navy primarily used her as a VIP vessel for inspecting the fleet. During this time she hosted a number of dignitaries, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
After the war the Navy sold the vessel to a private owner. Several owners from Northern and Southern California have since enjoyed using and maintaining the boat. Her name has changed over time (other names included Ardbaugh and Royal Oak), but the last few owners have kept the name Conquest. Even when Conquest was used as the setting for a Playboy centerfold shoot featuring Baywatch's Erika Eleniak in 1989, the boat's dignity and grace prevailed through the years.
The current owners found Conquest at the San Rafael Marina where she was sitting in a covered berth. They took ownership about a week later, in January 2005, and after a few repairs had Conquest brought down to her current home at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Conquest was in good condition but still required enough repairs and improvements to keep them entertained for several years. Autopilot, marine electronics, VacuFlush heads, hot water and refrigeration may not be authentic to the 1920's, but they definitely make for a more enjoyable boating experience. The throaty 1956 Chrysler hemi engines required no change and keep Conquest cutting through the water without difficulty.
Although she may look like a museum piece, Conquest has become the perfect family boat. The present owners (and their parrot) cruise Conquest whenever possible and during the summer Conquest can regularly be found at Moonstone Cove in Catalina Island. Alice Rheem would be pleased.
The Stephens Brothers Yard in Stockton, California is widely regarded as the most prolific and respected yacht builder of the Classic (pre-World War II) Period for their excellence in design, materials and craftsmanship. Conquest is unique in that she was custom designed and built to more robust scantlings than typical yachts of her era with a 11' beam, a 4'10" draft, and a documented tonnage of 26 tons.
Re-powered with twin Chrysler Marine Industrial "Hemi" V-8's, she cruises comfortably at 10 knots with a top speed of 15 knots, making her one of the fastest yachts of the period. Conquest features a full flybridge with radar, autopilot, and other tastefully incorporated modern items and creature comforts such as generator, refrigerators & gourmet galley, two enclosed marine heads with hot & cold pressure water, shower and more.
Construction is of carvel planked Port Orford Cedar over White Oak and Apatong frames, fastened with Silicon Bronze screws and rivets and Burmese Teak cabinetry. Her interior is exquisite with tasteful lighting of the period, etched mirrors, beveled glass, and a tiled shower stall. Conquest is among the most pristine classic motor yachts in the world today, with LP painted hull and fresh bottom paint December 2014. Must be seen and experienced to be truly appreciated.
All personal gear; loose items; galley gear; CD's; charts; fishing equipment; tools; spare parts; supplies & items not specifically listed on equipment list specifications sheet.