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S/Y Manitou

President Kennedy at the helm of Manitou on August 12, 1962
Namesake: Manitou Passage
Owner: James Lowe (1937–1955)
Coast Guard Academy (1955–1968)
Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship (1968–)
Builder: M. M. Davis & Sons
Launched: 1937
Identification: Call sign: WSV8851
USCG Doc. No.: 236528[1]
General characteristics
Length: 62 ft (19 m)
Beam: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Draft: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Sail plan: Marconi-rigged yawl
Manitou is a 62-foot-long (19 m) sailing vessel previously used as a presidential yacht by United States president John F. Kennedy.[2][3] Manitou was built in 1937 by shipyard Davis & Sons in Solomons Island, Maryland. It was the 99th design by naval architects Sparkman & Stephens, who built many America's Cup sailing ships. It was later taken over by the United States Coast Guard in 1955[4] The boat took on the nickname: "Floating White House".[5]


  1. ^ "Coast Guard Vessel Documentation". NOAA Fisheries, Office of Science and Technology. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Fanta, J. Julius (1968). Sailing with President Kennedy: The White House Yachtsman. Sea Lore Pub. Co. p. 98. 
  3. ^ Meath, Jason Killian (August 2009). Hollywood on the Potomac. Arcadia Publishing. p. 2.  
  4. ^ Collette, Matt (12 October 2008). "Kennedy 'floating White House,' carefully restored, is up for sale".  
  5. ^ Fanta, J. Julius (1968). Sailing with President Kennedy: The White House Yachtsman. Sea Lore Pub. Co. p. 16. 
  • "John F. Kennedy Fast Facts: Manitou (boat)".  
  • "For Sale: S&S Design No. 99 Manitou".  
  • Venables, Guy (20 February 2013). "Manitou"The Complete Story of John F Kennedy's Yacht . Classic Boat Magazine. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 

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