Most recently used for research and other charter work, 'ACANIA' has a history as fascinating and inspiring as her looks! Lore has it that she was built as a luxury yacht with no expense spared a for Wall Street banker, and was later gifted to silent screen actress, Constance Bennett, who entertained on board until the vessel was appropriated for WWII. Construction is of riveted steel; original Winton diesels were replaced with twin 280-hp GM mains, later rebuilt in 1990; 12,500 gallons fuel (8,000 capacity currently useable) and 2,700 gallons water; (2) triple cabins, (5) double cabins, separate captain's quarters aft of the wheelhouse, (3) heads and (3) showers. A bit of maritime history never to be replaced, she's showing her years and needs upgrades to her accommodations and systems. Ross MacTaggart's book, 'THE GOLDEN CENTURY, Classic Motor Yachts 1830 to 1930' says "This grand yacht, photographically documented to a degree that few vessels are, is an excellent candidate for restoration."
SERIOUS SELLER offers very attractive pricing in hopes of finding a nostalgic and caring buyer capable of restoring this unique steel fantail to her former glory. NOTE THAT MOST PHOTOS SHOWN HERE ARE FROM OUR 1995 FILES, with more recent shots denoted plus a few historic ones. Vessel is currently receiving a complete cleaning in preparation for interior and exterior refit. TRADES CONSIDERED! UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY - CALL FOR DETAILS...
Listing Agent, Steve Hansen, may be reached in the office or on his cell at 206-396-7070.
Displacement: 247 tons
Total Power: 280-hp
Fresh Water: 2700
Sleeps up to 16 belowdecks in two triple cabins and five double cabins; crew quarters include two double cabins plus separate abovedecks captain's cabin aft of the wheelhouse; 3 heads and 3 showers plus separate day head for the captain.
LAYOUT BELOWDECKS: Foc'sle is followed by storage and a MACHINE SHOP with drill press, arc welder (200 amp), oxyactylene cutting torch, and standard mechanic's tools plus electronics tools - all located to port. To starboard is a head, pantry and two double crew cabins. This area is separated from the engine room by watertight bulkheads. Aft of the engine room are the seven accommodations staterooms, and the second and third heads and showers.
MAIN DECK: Forward on the main deck is the DINING SALOON with seating for up to eighteen. This area is followed by the stainless steel commercial-style GALLEY, equipped with a 4-burner electric stove, griddle, (2) ovens, coffee maker, double sinks, 50-cu.ft. refrigerator and lots of cabinet and drawer storage throughout. Next aft is the FIDLEY (engine room hatch grating), followed by a 120-sq.ft. WET LAB with 60-sq.ft. of stainless steel workbench. MAIN SALOON follows, measuring 14' x 24' and featuring fireplace, original arched cabinets at either side, and beautiful white oak paneling and joinery.
BOAT DECK: WHEELHOUSE is followed by private CAPTAINS QUARTERS. BOAT DECK can carry two tenders, and four cannister-type life rafts.
440/208/120vAC systems; 3-phase from (2) GM 4-71's each with 40kW generator; (1) 6-71 with 100kW generator; battery capacity - 12vDC/500 amp hours.
Hydraulic anchor windlass with 1000' (500' x 2) of 7/8" chain; 350# and 500# anchors; life vests for full party; work vests for full party; EPIRB unit; various quartz lights for decks.
Construction is of riveted steel. Both engines were rebuilt in November of 1990 (engine rebuild spares included); engines are fresh water cooled.
Lore on ACANIA is that she was designed by J.H. Wells as a luxury diesel yacht, commissioned by Wall Street banker, A.E. Wheeler. She was built with no expense spared by the famous Pusey and Jones yard in Wilmington, Delaware, and is considered by many to be one of the very best vessels that this venerable yard created. Shortly after her launching in 1929, the vessel was acquired by a French film director and given as a gift to silent film actress, Constance Bennett, who entertained aboard until the government appropriated the vessel for service in World War II.
Operated and maintained by the United States government for the next 40 years, ACANIA served a number of different agencies in roles as diverse as tracking Apollo space craft, intelligence work, and oceanographic research. Returning to private hands in the mid 1980's, much of the vessel's interior was rejuvenated or replaced, to exacting standards, meeting or exceeding those of 1929. Her mechanical and electrical systems are modernized where desirable with such additions as electro-hydraulic drives for steering and anchor winch, etc.
Her watermaking capacity, large fuel tanks, low fuel consumption, and comfortable motion at sea combine to make her a unique and able long range cruising vessel. Ross MacTaggart's book, 'THE GOLDEN CENTURY, Classic Motor Yachts 1830 to 1930' says "This grand yacht, photographically documented to a degree that few vessels are, is an excellent candidate for restoration."
NOTE THAT MOST PHOTOS SHOWN ARE FROM OUR 1995 FILES, with more recent shots denoted following plus some historic shots at the end. Vessel currently needs interior and exterior refit.
Engines and generators are up and running! The wheelhouse has been moved back to her original location (as suggested by THE GOLDEN CENTURY book) and gutted; the wheelhouse interior is all stored belowdecks and is ready to be reinstalled with new electronics - CALL FOR MORE DETAILS...
Any of owners' personal items left on board, including any items not named in the specifications, are not included with the sale of the vessel.
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. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.