Happy President's Day!

Happy President's Day from all of us at FHY! President's Day is intended to honor the presidents of the US, however, we find it to be an excellent opportunity to appreciate the beauty of a couple of ex-presidential yachts.


The 104 ft long, wooden hulled, USS Sequoia was privately built in 1925 for $200,000. Designed by John Trumpy Sr., she unofficially replaced the Mayflower as the presidential yacht so that Herbert Hoover, who did not  support prohibition, had a yacht to go out fishing and drinking. Sequoia was used all the way into Jimmy Carter's presendency, who sold her in 1977. Her accomodations included a presidential stateroom, several guest bedrooms, a galley and dining room. She was refitted with an elevator to accomodate FDR but Johnson later had it replaced with a liquor bar.


A 62' cutter rigged yawl, Manitou was commissioned by James R Lowe in 1937 to win the Chicago Mac race.  Designed by Olin Stephens and built by the Davis Brothers of Maryland, she had no trouble winning the race. However, she did not become nationally famed until 1961, when John F. Kennedy renamed her Honey Fitz and she became the presidential yacht for his and LBJ's terms. Manitou was sold at auction in 1968 to the Harry Lundeburg School of Seamanship and remained a teaching tool for the next three decades, despite several attempts at purchase. In 1999, she was finally sold back into to the Lowe family, who had originally commissioned her build. After a major refit, she is now on display at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons Island. Laura Kilbourne, the granddaughter of James Lowe, is currently offering her for sale once more.
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