KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine– It seems former President George HW Bush felt the need for speed in the waters off Maine, where he owned a nearly 1,000 horsepower speedboat. And for the right price, someone else can experience their excitement.
The ship is expected to be auctioned off Thursday at the 2024 Presidential Salute auction in Houston, said Hutton Higgins, a spokesman for the George & Barbara Bush Foundation.
Proceeds from the sale of the 38-foot (11.5-meter) “Fidelity V” speedboat will be used to expand the offerings of the George HW Bush Presidential Library. & Bush Museum and School of Government & Public service at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Bush purchased the 2011 model Fountain 38CC after he and his son, former President George W. Bush, left office.
The watercraft is adorned with a presidential seal and has three Mercury outboard engines that can propel the vessel at 75 mph (120 km/h). The boat was used in the North Atlantic waters off Kennebunkport, where the Texas family enjoys a summer retreat on the Maine coast.
It is the fifth of George HW Bush’s speedboats to bear the Fidelity name. The first is on display at the Bush Library and Museum, and the fourth is still in use in Kennebunkport, Higgins said.
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