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05-24-2008 07:13 AM
sailingdog Keelhaulin-

Keep the boat, send me the money, and I'll invest it for you...
05-24-2008 04:03 AM
KeelHaulin By the looks of that video clip; it appears that long overhang, low freeboard (AKA CCA-era) boats sail pretty damn well; don't they? Or maybe I should forget about video clips like this; take Jeff_H's advice and buy a new boat for 15x the cost of my late CCA-era boat
05-23-2008 06:58 PM
TrueBlue Thanks for sharing that bit of sailing trivia Rick. I knew JFK had a presidential sailboat back in the early 60s, but couldn't recall the name (since I was in St. Marys, a Newport, RI parochial elementary school at the time).

JFK and Jackie were actually married in St. Marys Church, which was attached to our school. It was a huge event for me while I was there. My parents have a photo of me standing along the main doors with my classmates as they exited the church . . . all of us dressed in our standard parochial uniforms - grey trousers (skirts on girls of course), white button down shirts, and plaid ties.
05-23-2008 04:09 PM
RickQuann From USBoat.com: JFKs boat "Manitou"

When John F. Kennedy was elected President, the Presidential yacht was a 92' motoryacht. Although he changed her name to "Honey Fitz" in honor of his grandfather, the President was a sailor at heart and sent naval aide, John Tazwell, in search of a suitable sailboat for Presidential use. With her good looks and pedigree, MANITOU was quickly selected. She was brought to the Chesapeake Bay and fitted with all the proper radio and communication equipment so the President would never be out of touch with his office, or even the Kremlin while on board. Jack Kennedy used her often there and in New England.
Although he never raced her, in Newport during the summer of 1962, he attempted to engage his friend Emil "Bus" Mosbacher on his 12 Meter Weatherly in a friendly sparring match. The Secret Service, following along in a patrol boat had other plans and quickly intercepted the future successful America's Cup Defender before she got close enough, much to the chagrin of the President.

In 1968 MANITOU was sold at auction to the Harry Lundeburg School of Seamanship which is run by the Seafarer's International Union and its then strong leader, Paul Hall. Aristotle Onassis, who was about to marry Jackie Kennedy in October 1968, sought to buy MANITOU at any price. Long a proponent of the common man, Mr. Hall refused all offers, saying he wanted to keep her to teach less privileged young people about boats.
In 1999, MANITOU was purchased and transferred to Chesapeake Marine Railway in Deltaville, Virginia not far from where she was built, and has undergone a major refit that will prolong her sailing career for many years to come.

Designed by the famous firm of Sparkman & Stephens in New York and built by M.M. Davis in Solomons Island, MD, MANITOU is currently at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons Island and will be on display at The Yacht Show at National Harbor, June 5-8, 2008. Come to the show and view a piece of history.



05-23-2008 01:15 AM
JiffyLube
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Originally Posted by TC View Post
he walks down the pier like a little old lady (I'm sure I will too at his age)

Actually an old doddering man...and if we live that long we will be old doddering men too
05-22-2008 05:26 PM
camaraderie Stever......actually that was taken in 2002...I believe he has drifted further leeward since then!
BTW the boat was run hard aground and on her side in 2003 off Hyannis...and the woman aboard the boat that 2002 day with Ted made a quick exit from the cockpit to the companionway when she saw our approach. Hmmmm???!!!
05-22-2008 03:47 PM
camaraderie Here's me passing Kennedy off the coast of Maine...you will note he is somewhat to the left of me.
05-22-2008 02:27 PM
sailingdog TB-

That boat, Victura, is usually on display at the Kennedy Library in Boston.
05-22-2008 02:13 PM
TrueBlue In spite of public controversy over their politics, the sailing spirit was kept alive in the Kennedy family - JFK perhaps doing so with a slightly cooler style.


05-22-2008 01:10 PM
primerate84 Although I am not a big Ted fan, politics aside, if I was given his prognosis, I'd be out on my boat every day until I couldn't get out of bed. Looks like his priorities have changed.
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