She served her country dutifully, from transporting Secret Service agents to entertaining heads of state and cruising the Potomac with wounded American Veterans. Now at 82, her current owner has restored the Honey Fitz to its former glory and condition. After it served as a charter vessel for a couple of decades, decided it was time to bring the Honey Fitz back to life and restore her beauty and dignity, with a dedication to preserving a valuable piece of American history. Perhaps best described as a resurrection given the condition of the yacht before work started, restoration began in Mobile, Alabama, continued in Ft. Lauderdale and finished in Riviera Beach, Florida.
Moore’s Marine, an antique and classic yacht restoration company, carefully evaluated the original drawing plans to ensure an accurate restoration. The complete blueprints for the yacht were tracked down to a dust covered box in the archival research room of Bowling Green State University. They had sat, unclassified, along with the complete collection of plans from the defunct Defoe Ship Building Co., which built the vessel.
There are myriad time periods the Honey Fitz could have been restored to. It could look the way it was built in 1931, the Lenore, with a black painted hull. It could look the way it did when Eisenhower took it after it finished its naval service, the Lenore II. It could keep the enclosed cabin that Richard Nixon had built for the Patricia, before he eventually sold it out of the countries service in 1970 for a larger vessel.
Today, the Honey Fitz is once again “The Yacht of Camelot.”