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    A few months back someone joined the forum looking for help with the woodwork on the Acania, a somewhat well-known steel yacht that has been knocking around the Seattle area for the last few decades and most recently ending up semi-derelict up in Steamboat Slough. The thread went a bit sideways and we never did hear the end of the story but she came up again just today so I decided to poke around a bit and see what I could find. And what I found is was both sad and hopeful:

    https://gdiving.com/project/rv_acania_salvage/

    The 126-foot long, 300-ton vessel sunk at her dock in Steamboat Slough 3 days after being purchased by new owners, who contacted Global regarding salvaging the vessel....The Acania was towed 43 nautical miles to Delta Marine Shipyard in Seattle where she would undergo a full restoration.
    I'm going to have to pay a visit to Delta and see how she is getting along. It would be fantastic to see her restored. But wow - three days into new ownership and she sank? That's a rough start.
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    A hundred million dollars later...
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    I wonder if they had a cover note pending survey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsjpd1 View Post
    A hundred million dollars later...
    No doubt. The guy who posted about her seemed to think he had the money and experience necessary to do the job though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    I wonder if they had a cover note pending survey.

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    One can only hope. It's a good sign that they immediate called for salvage and had her hauled out though.

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    R/V must be Radio Vessel?



    Always interesting how some boats get the attention of a well-heeled patron, and others are sawn up and put in a dumpster.

    I wish them luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Madison View Post
    R/V must be Radio Vessel?

    Probably Research Vessel

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    My wife worked on the Acania for a Summer as galley crew. The ship then was chartered to a sorta' dorky television show featuring a family having wilderness experiences. At the same time, I worked aboard a couple of schooners in the Puget Sound and British Columbia waters and I'd see the Acania here and there, looking more forlorn every year. She'll be one very expensive boat to get back in shape...

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    There was another "Acania" too which had at one time been named "Fjiord" or similar doing Alaska charters

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    He has the money, she's currently in three pieces at delta and they are going ahead with work.

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    here is the research vessel AcaniaArcania 1 1929.jpg after the radio equipment was removed. she was also chartered by somebody with plenty money to go search for Amelia Erhardt before returning to the states.Acania 2 1930.jpgand here the other ship of the same name,later renamed "Starfjord" I think she was originally an East coaster though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelirrojo View Post
    He has the money, she's currently in three pieces at delta and they are going ahead with work.
    That's good to hear. I'd love to see some photos. Ah - I just took a look at the Google satellite and street views and she is visible in both.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5178...7i16384!8i8192

    Looks like she is getting the works. What a great project.

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    I remember SV "arcane"
    2001 pics, http://www.ldolphin.org/rpl/acania/now.html


    He really wasn't asking advice.

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    Well....if the guy has deep enough Pockets, Delta seems to have the capability: https://www.deltamarine.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    Well....if the guy has deep enough Pockets, Delta seems to have the capability: https://www.deltamarine.com/
    Hugh, on the Google picture if you pan to the far left you'll see a really beautiful ship they are apparently working on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    Well....if the guy has deep enough Pockets, Delta seems to have the capability: https://www.deltamarine.com/
    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseO30 View Post
    Hugh, on the Google picture if you pan to the far left you'll see a really beautiful ship they are apparently working on.
    Oh yes. Delta is definitely the right place for Acania. Their business is mega yachts. New ones along with upgrades and repairs. And it's a good sign that she's there as I'd guess they are the most expensive place in the area. Whoever is funding the work is certainly not trying to cut corners.

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    As I remember the whole thing driving the conversation back when, was was about teak decks on steel, nothing else seemed to matter.

    She really broke 3 days in??
    Hmm G-diving isn't loading.

    More here.
    https://www.pacmar.com/story/2018/10/01/features/diving-and-salvage/646.html
    Last edited by DeniseO30; 03-21-2019 at 11:48 AM.
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    Those are older photos, currently she is in one of their hangers. From the sound of things they are pretty much fabricating an entirely new bow section.

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    But why?
    whatever rocks your boat

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    Good for him. Even if it takes as much work to build as one of the new superyachts on Delta's web-page, it will be a much classier boat with an interesting history as well. Seems like a good deal for a certain type of person.

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    I cannot even wrap my mind around trying to save something so badly damaged as opposed to building new, BUT, who am I to judge, I can't even afford to build a canoe at this point,

    This is the original discussion from Sept 2017 BTW I put the dude on ignore and deleted most of my posts when the name calling escalated, I think the admin took care of the worst of it.

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...-joiner-Needed
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    Weird. I took this pic 3 years ago after cruising around the sloughs and posted it on my Instagram, and also on Trawler Forum. I've now found it in a couple other places.
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    Dont give up the day job just yet
    whatever rocks your boat

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    Where is the other Acania, the one that was suppposedly owned by Al Capone ? Restored a few years ago, looked similar ?

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    That is a good looking boat, I think I can see the appeal if I had a different type of life.

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    Looked into this a touch, there are actually two Acanias, by the same builder. (Which would seem to negate the Al Capone naming myth.) The wooden one under discussion was Acania I, and the steel hulled one that was already restored is Acania II.

    I couldn't imagine why there would be two boats with similar looks sharing such a strange name ...

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    The ex Al Capone "Acania" is the second one I posted in p10 later known as "Starfjord" where is she now. The first was powered by a pair of 6-110 GM's while the second has a pair of "Cooper-Bessemer" engines and is a much bigger ship.

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    Was she tied up on the outside of the breakwater at Bremerton a few years ago?
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