The Adventure Continues

02 April 2017
27 February 2017
10 April 2016 | Hopetown, Elbow Cay, Abacos
19 March 2016 | Marsh Harbor, Abacos
12 March 2016 | Marsh Harbor, Abacos
22 March 2015 | Charlotte Harbor
10 March 2015
17 February 2015 | Marco Island, FL
29 January 2015 | Fort Pierce, FL
02 April 2014
15 March 2014 | Key West, FL
14 March 2014 | Sombrero Reef
26 February 2014 | Boot Key Harbor
17 February 2014
09 February 2014 | Fort Lauderdal, FL
06 May 2013 | Harbortown Marina, Fort Pierce, FL
22 April 2013 | Fort Pierce, FL
21 April 2013 | Manjack Cay
11 April 2013 | Marsh Harbor, Abacos

A Presidential Yacht Pays a Visit

06 May 2013 | Harbortown Marina, Fort Pierce, FL
Just when you think the adventure is over for another season. Something like this happens. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Last week, on the Today Show, there was a feature on the restoration of the presidential yacht, Honey Fitz. The yacht was built in 1931 for the founder of the Montgomery Ward Stores. During World War II it was commissioned into the Navy for coastal patrol. After the war, it was returned to its owner who said, "keep it, it's a mess. I don't want it." The government then decided that maybe Harry Truman would like it. They cleaned her up and turned her into Truman's Presidential Yacht. After Truman, Eisenhower took her over, and then Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. However, it was during the Kennedy years that the yacht gained its greatest fame. Named after his grandfather, the Honey Fitz became the nautical playground for the Kennedy clan during JFK's brief presidency.

She later was sold to a charitable organization that could not afford to maintain her and wound up in Louisiana literally rotting away. Two years ago, she was sold for nearly $6 million to a wealthy entrepreneur who had her towed to West Palm Beach in Florida. $5 million later, the vessel has been completely restored. She is magnificent. She is now on a journey north to Boston where she will be exhibited near the Kennedy Library.

Peg and I were sitting on our boat having dinner, when we looked up and saw the Presidential Seal on her funnel at our marina. We thought, is that the Honey Fitz and what is she doing here? So after dinner, we walked over to the dock she was on and sure enough, it was the Honey Fitz. We saw the First Mate and started talking to him about the boat. He asked us if we wanted a tour. Wow. What a piece of history. She's 93 feet long and has only one state room. I wonder where the Secret Service slept? But if that stateroom could only talk. Jackie, Marilyn, who else? Anyway, you should check out their website for more info at:

Also, check out the photos I took in the photo gallery. I hope this adventure never ends.
Vessel Name: Alize
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 423
Hailing Port: Fort Pierce, FL
Crew: Dick & Peggy Dragonette
About: Dick and Peg have been sailing for over 25 years on Lake Erie, the Atlantic, in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. We brought our vessel from Sandusky, OH to Florida in 2011 and now alternate between our home in Chagrin Falls in Ohio during the Summer and our boat in Ft. Pierce, FL in the Winter.
Alize's Photos - Main
The water doesn't get any bluer and the sand doesn't get any softer.
33 Photos
Created 2 April 2017
Havana and Veradero
34 Photos
Created 26 February 2017
Stuff we've seen in the states and the Bahamas.
7 Photos
Created 10 April 2016
He's an institution in the Bahamas
9 Photos
Created 19 March 2016
Our first two weeks in paradise with our friend Wendell
9 Photos
Created 12 March 2016
7 Photos
Created 22 March 2015
16 Photos
Created 10 March 2015
13 Photos
Created 17 February 2015
Our good friend Lee and Bahamas friends Ed and Chris meet in Ft. Pierce.
5 Photos
Created 29 January 2015
14 Photos
Created 22 April 2014
6 Photos
Created 2 April 2014
15 Photos
Created 15 March 2014
5 Photos
Created 14 March 2014
5 Photos
Created 26 February 2014
Chapter 3 of our ongoing adventure.
5 Photos
Created 9 February 2014
A Presidential Yacht pays a visit
5 Photos
Created 6 May 2013
On the way home.
11 Photos
Created 21 April 2013
4 Photos
Created 11 April 2013
A different view of Hopetown
10 Photos
Created 10 April 2013
Awaiting the arrival of our friends from Granville, OH
5 Photos
Created 9 April 2013
Views from around the harbor.
7 Photos
Created 26 March 2013
Great Guana is a very large and varied island/cay. Beautiful
6 Photos
Created 22 March 2013
Another look at a place worthy of second looks
7 Photos
Created 21 March 2013
First views of Hopetown
7 Photos
Created 14 March 2013
Staying at Mango's
5 Photos
Created 9 March 2013
Boasting one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
4 Photos
Created 8 March 2013
A very beautiful stop on our way to Marsh Harbor
8 Photos
Created 4 March 2013
5 Photos
Created 1 March 2013
Our first pics on the way and in Grand Bahama
10 Photos
Created 26 February 2013
Alize getting ready for launch the second week of January.
3 Photos
Created 6 December 2012