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Sulzbacher Roman Holiday passes US Coast Guard inspection

Posted June 23, 2014 by Georgia's Rome in News

Monday, June 23, 2014

GRCVB Contact:
Lisa Smith, Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sulzbacher Roman Holiday passes US Coast Guard inspection

Sulzbacher Roman Holiday personnel pose following the boat's successful USCG inspection

Sulzbacher Roman Holiday personnel pose together following the boat’s successful USCG inspection

Rome, Ga.—The Sulzbacher Roman Holiday was slated for a full US Coast Guard inspection for 2014.  As of June 20, the 45-passenger excursion boat successfully cleared the dry dock and “in water” inspection by Captain Matthew Spolarich of the United States Coast Guard office based in Savannah, Ga.

“The passenger vessel is in perfect shape after the inspection and ready for rental by citizens who can experience Rome from the rivers,” exclaimed Debbie Galloway, Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) rental agent for the Holiday.

The City of Rome Public Works Street Department crew towed the pontoon to shore on Thursday for the routine dry dock inspection.  The inspection is ordered by the US Coast Guard to satisfy the requirement of vessels operating on navigable waterways.  The dry inspection discovered a small pin hole in the right front aluminum pontoon which was easily repaired by Jim Birdsong, Fabco, on Friday morning.  “The small hole, in the divided pontoon which had taken in very little water, was the only issue found during the dry inspection,” commented Lisa Smith, GRCVB executive director.

The captains and first mates for the Sulzbacher Roman Holiday participated in the “in water” inspection which consists of drills used in emergency situations, the overall operation of all mechanical systems, first aid readiness, log book review, as well as all recorded maintenance on the vessel.  The next scheduled dry dock inspection will be in 2019 and “in water” inspection is slated for 2015.

“Our office has been renting the boat for the past three seasons. The SRH is a perfect fun summer time addition to the list of outdoor activities to enjoy. It is affordable, in great running condition with the assistance of regular maintenance from Marietta Marine, has a Coast Guard certified knowledgeable crew, as well as Debbie provides wonderful customer service when booking the boat,” stated Smith.

“We had a good season last year even with the motor issues and the water levels.  This year is off to a good start with public boat rides, rentals for school groups, birthdays and socials. Renters can provide their own food, beverage and music for their time on the water. The SRH is permanently docked at Heritage Park and if water levels in the Coosa are at a minimum of 12 feet it can be rented 365 days a year,” commented Galloway.

The Sulzbacher Roman Holiday is available for rental by calling 706.295.5576 or emailing

To find out more about the GRCVB and tourism in Rome and Floyd County, visit or call 800.444.1834.


The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) is the official destination and sports marketing organization of Rome and Floyd County, Ga. The mission of the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau and Rome Sports Commission is to strengthen the economic prosperity of the community through tourism development while delivering unrivaled southern hospitality and providing the visitor a memorable experience.

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