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The AMERICANA is a cautionary tale of how poor advice and mismanagement can lead to the demise of a vessel that still has years of useful service life remaining. Don Hoffman had long dreamt of operating a small cruise vessel, and in the AMERICANA, he found the opportunity. After struggling for several years, the vessel was left to his beloved wife, Vicki Hoffman-Porter, upon his passing. But little hope remained. The US Coast Guard had removed the Certificate of Inspection (COI), the ABS Load Line expired, and corrosion ate away at the hull and structure unabated. The end of another US-flagged vessel seemed imminent.
Determined not to let her husband’s dream fade into memory, Ms. Porter turned to Reliable Maritime Solutions. RMS was able to bring the $1.7m project to successful completion in just four short months by integrating the highly dedicated crew, BAE shipyard personnel, US Coast Guard marine inspectors, and ABS surveyors into an effective team.
The AMERICANA is now a US-flagged passenger vessel with a valid Certificate of Inspection (COI) for Coastwise, and Great Lakes routes up to 20 miles offshore. This means the vessel can operate to and from any US port, and the Jones Act does not apply. AMERICANA is one of the few US certificated vessels of her size, and this can be of great value to the right operator.
The AMERICANA also had SOLAS certificates, which were valid until 2018. The SOLAS required equipment is still onboard and operational. The equipment includes, but is not limited to: SOLAS pack liferafts, Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) with a valid service report, a dedicated sprinkler system with a valid service report, an Oily Water Separator (OWS) with a valid Oil Content Meter (OCM) calibration report, Long Range Identification and Tracking System (LRIT) with a valid service report, Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm System (BNWAS) and more. The cost and work to obtain SOLAS certificates are minimal.
The AMERICANA is now available for sale, bareboat charter, or accommodation charter. Being US-flagged with a valid USCG Certificate of Inspection makes this vessel perfect for cruising in Alaska, the Great Lakes, or New England. Its unique build and charm also open many other possibilities, including a liveaboard luxury dive vessel capable of calling on multiple US ports.
If you are interested in the AMERICANA, please contact Reliable Maritime solutions. Serious offers only, please.
The Americana (Ex: MS Yorktown, Spirit of Yorktown, Yorktown Clipper) first sailed for Clipper Cruise Lines under the name "Yorktown Clipper" (1988-2006). In 2006, the boat was renamed "Spirit of Yorktown" (2006-2011) and entered service for Cruise West.
In March 2014, the cruise ship was acquired and operated by Travel Dynamics International, but by July 2014 the vessel was seized by a German Bank in Florida and auctioned in Jacksonville and since the Americana has been owned by Absolute Nevada LLC.
The Yorktown cruise ship exterior lines are sleek and elegant. The Interior will need some upgrades but features light wood accents and etched glass. The Observation Lounge has expansive picture windows, bar, and library. Every stateroom boasts a wide picture window, private facilities, and ample storage. Passengers enjoy generous outside space on the vessel's three decks.
The SOLAS certificates have not been requested due to the operational costs and considerations. Examples: ISM Safety Management System and DPA, Manning requirements, ECDIS E-Charts program, Drug testing program, Vessel Response Program, etc. Additionally, there are a few navigational items that will also need upgrading, but as there are no plans to operate internationally at this time. Therefore, the SOLAS certificates are on hold with the US Coast Guard.