The Honey Fitz is a prestigious, 93-foot wooden yacht that has had the honor of serving five U.S. presidents: Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and most notably, John F. Kennedy.
Constructed in 1931 by Defoe Boat & Motor Works in Bay City, Michigan, for Montgomery Ward magnate Sewell Avery, this 92-year-old ship is currently docked at the Pelican Club in Jupiter, Florida. The HONEY FITZ has undergone a thorough restoration, carefully revitalized to showcase the historic elegance and distinctive style characteristic of the Kennedy era.
In partnership with Lessing’s Hospitality Group, the Honey Fitz Crew Capt. Gregory S. Albritton and Capt. Katelyn J. Kiefer, initiated an extensive, critical restoration process in February 2020. This effort was paramount in preventing the complete deterioration of the vessel. Spanning three years, the restoration endeavor focused on preserving elements from its original 1931 construction and, more significantly, on highlighting its celebrated tenure as a presidential yacht during the Kennedy Administration.
The Honey Fitz, exclusively available for charter, offers guests the opportunity to explore its historical features and components dating back to the yacht's initial construction in 1931, its role during World War II, and its esteemed service to U.S. presidents from 1945 to 1971. This meticulous preservation and restoration work ensures that the HONEY FITZ remains a living testament to an important piece of American history, reflecting the legacy and luxury of a bygone era.