A Sunday Affair: John F. Kennedy Sailing The Honey Fitz

When I think of the most perfect, ideal, deliciously relaxing weekend, there’s one thing that pops into my mind instantly: wooden yachts and frozen Margaritas. Oh, and the Kennedy family as major inspo. According to the John F. Kennedy Library, the former president and his family lived some of their happiest days aboard the Honey Fitz, a 92-foot yacht renamed after Kennedy’s grandfather. The president was said to be a life-long sea lover, and the photos are proof that he escaped on the sea from the White House as often as he could to set sail.

Passed on from two generations and redecorated by his wife, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, the famous Honey Fitz was designed for maximum comfort, pleasure and family fun – Jackie made sure there was a colour TV installed on the yacht, primarily for the enjoyment of their two children, Caroline and John Jr.

The yacht even had its own signature cocktail: The Bullshot, an unlikely mix of beef consomme and vodka, was served hot in winter, and over cracked ice in the warmer months with a sharp hit of pepper and chilli. Still, the legacy of Kennedy’s Honey Fitz lives on – according to official library documents, when President Johnson entered the White House, he was very mindful of the yacht: “I eventually developed my own programs and policies, but I never lost sight of the fact that I was the trustee and custodian of the Kennedy administration. Although it was my prerogative to do so, I would no more have considered changing the name of the Honey Fitz, than I would have thought of changing the name of the Washington Monument.”

 

All photos courtesy of the John F. Kennedy library

 

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