History will long remember President George H.W. Bush for his monumental foreign policy achievements – like masterfully winding down the decades-long Cold War with the Soviet Union, and successfully expelling Iraqi forces from Kuwait during the first Persian Gulf War. A former Congressman, U.S. Ambassador to China, CIA Director, and Vice President, Bush was arguably the most qualified individual to ever ascend to the Presidency – and his vast experience, particularly in the realm of international affairs, radiated throughout his time in office “like a thousand points of light”.
While we have been reflecting upon his legacy over the past few days, we’ve also taken time to remember President Bush for his more “domestic” pursuits – namely his passion for boats. Really fast boats. In just the last twenty years of his life, Bush took delivery of four Fountain Powerboats at his home in Kennebunkport, Maine. His last boat, “Fidelity V”, a fully-loaded Fountain 38cc rigged with three Mercury Verado 300-horsepower motors, topped out at 75 mph. We’re not sure how the Secret Service felt about that, but we’re impressed. And so while the rest of the World will rightly remember President Bush as the consummate “steady hand” at a perilous moment in history, we can’t forget his love of boating.