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John F. Kennedy's 1961 Century Resorter Speedboat

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Lot 0395 Details

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Update: although this boat is being sold FOB Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the current owner has offered to deliver the boat within 100 miles of the Cape free of charge. Should the buyer wish it delivered to a further destination, the current owner (who is in the boat yard business) can easily assist with delivery anywhere in the world. Of course, long distance shipping is at the buyer's expense.

John F. Kennedy's beautiful varnished mahogany speedboat, named "RESTOFUS," in restored working condition with an inboard motor, complete with trailer. The boat is being sold FOB, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Two restorations, one in the late 1980s and the other in the mid-2000s, have left this speedboat in immaculate condition. The restorative work has been done by Bob Wastrom, considered one of the finest boatbuilders on Cape Cod. The hull is #RS-61188; Century built Resorters from hull #150 to #197 in 1961. The boat has been repowered with a 1986 Ford 302 V-8 engine that has had fewer than 120 hours put on it since. The bottom of the boat has been newly recaulked and repainted (2017). The length of the boat is 17', the beam (width) is 6' 6''.

This sleek yet spacious boat is crafted of deeply varnished mahogany. The stem of the boat features a stainless-steel cut-water with oak stem and spray rails, contrasting appealingly with the reddish mahogany. The dashboard is also crafted by using this lighter toned wood. The overall effect is quite handsome in contrasting golden brown, dark brown, and silver. The chrome deck hardware completes the look. The seats are upholstered in white vinyl that could possibly be original to the craft. The Century seats seven - three up front and four in the stern.

This boat was won by Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (JFK's father) in a church raffle and it became John F. Kennedy's personal boat, as his brother Robert F. Kennedy already had a 1962 Century Coronado 21. Prior to this, the senior Mr. Kennedy had a boat named "TENOVUS, "referring to the "ten of us" - the 10 members that made up the Kennedy family at the time. Inasmuch as the family was expanding, this boat was lightheartedly named "RESTOFUS." Senator Ted Kennedy was quoted as saying, "My brother Jack drove that boat like it was PT-109. He was a little rough on it." In another interesting anecdote, apparently President Lyndon Johnson wanted a Century like John Kennedy, but the company wouldn't give him one for free, so he had to settle for a different manufacturer's boat.

Following JFK's 1963 death, the boat became the property of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. In 1984 Senator Kennedy sold it to the Bilezikian family who were the founders of the Christmas Tree Shops. In 2015, the Bilezikian's sold the boat to its current Cape Cod owner.

In Guernsey's previous John F. Kennedy auctions (1998 and 2005), JFK sailboats were featured. Along with this Century Resorter, they reflect the President's love of the sea.
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John F. Kennedy's 1961 Century Resorter Speedboat

Estimate $100,000 - $150,000Oct 07, 2017
Starting Price $24,000
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