CAN THESE YACHTS BE SAVED?


Are you an intrepid soul (with deep pockets) who could take on one of these projects? If so, you would be rewarded with a yacht that will turn heads wherever she goes, and offer you the satisfaction of bringing back to life a thing of beauty from a remarkable era. Each of these vessels is chronicled in THE GOLDEN CENTURY: CLASSIC MOTOR YACHTS.


 



ACANIA


This elegant, 126-foot, 1929 John H. Wells design is extensively chronicled in THE GOLDEN CENTURY. It is hoped that an enlightened buyer can restore this Pusey & Jones-built yacht to her original splendor. Morris Rosenfeld extensively photographed her original interior; these images constitute an invaluable aid to her restoration. For information regarding the current status of ACANIA, please see if Fraser Yachts can assist you:  salesseattle@fraseryachts.com
This Morris Rosenfeld image of ACANIA, as well as that of CIGARETTE and ALONDRA, below, are from the Mystic Seaport Rosenfeld Collection. For more information regarding this extraordinary archive, please contact:  Rosenfeld@mysticseaport.org

 


CANGARDA


There are only two other yachts in the world that compare to CANGARDA: MEDEA in San Diego and ENA in Australia. The magnificent CANGARDA, one of the very few extant steam vessels from a golden century of yachts, was extensively restored in the 1980s by Richard Reedy. As he was unable to complete the undertaking, work was halted and she is now available. Her main steam engine and six auxiliary engines are restored, her forward deckhouse is 70% restored, and her hull has been replated to ABS standards. For information on this amazing vessel, please contact J-Class Yachts:

http://www.jclass.com/cangarda/cangarda.htm

UPDATE: CANGARDA HAS BEEN SOLD AND A FULL RESTORATION IS NEARLY COMPLETE.


This image of CANGARDA is from the Hagley Museum and Library. Among other resources, they hold the archives of the Pusey & Jones Company, which built CANGARDA. For more information, please contact Barbara Hall:


bdhall@UDel.Edu


 

 




CIGARETTE


If you like dashing lines, a superior pedigree, and speed, then CIGARETTE is the yacht for you. She is one of but a handful of remaining commuters from a golden century of motor yachts. For more information on this rakish John H. Wells design, please contact the International Yacht Restoration School:


http://www.iyrs.com/collect.htm


UPDATE: CIGARETTE HAS NOW BEEN RESTORED.  

 

 


ARAS

The mighty 243-foot ARAS was built by Bath Iron Works in 1930. She became the U. S. presidential yacht during the Truman administration, until being decommissioned in 1962. Since then, she has served a variety of uses, and repeated restoration attempts have failed. Today, she sits in an Italian scrap yard awaiting a heroic figure with deep, deep pockets who can restore the elegance and luster this impressive vessel once enjoyed. ARAS would no doubt be a massive undertaking. Nonetheless, she would be THE presence among modern, look-alike yachts, with a pedigree unmatched by almost any other vessel. Restored to her original hull color black she would prove a dazzling sight. As an invaluable aid to her restoration, a fine set of images exist documenting her construction and interior. For more information on this historic vessel, please contact Mr. Kim Nielsen, the director of the U. S. Navy Museum, at:

 

kim.nielsen@navy.mil

 

Image courtesy of Bath Iron Works 

 


ALONDRA


Ross MacTaggart holds a special place in his heart for this 69-foot Densmore-built yacht. Her restoration is underway; you can be a partner in her fractional ownership. Please contact McMillen Yachts (after reaching the web site, click Yachts, then Alondra).


http://www.woodenyachts.com