George H.W. Bush and his new go-fast fish boat

Posted on 14 October 2010

bushinsideNEWFormer President George H.W. Bush, whose 38-foot Fountain center console grounded during the summer, recently took delivery of a new boat.

Fidelity IV ran aground July 12 on Gooch's Beach in Kennebunkport, Maine. The 86-year-old Bush was returning to the Kennebunk River in heavy fog with several family members aboard when the boat grounded about 3 p.m., according to local media reports, which did not indicate who was at the helm. No one was injured, but the boat reportedly had minor damage.

Bush's new boat, Fidelity V, is a Fountain 38CC. With its triple 300-hp Mercury Verado 4-strokes, the high-performance center console can reach 75 mph. Bush will use the boat to fish for striped bass and bluefish off Maine.

bushinside1"I value my time on the water in one of our nation's great coastal fisheries, and over the years my dependable, Mercury-powered Fountain powerboats have brought my family and I countless hours of enjoyment," Bush says in a statement.

Along with the keys to Fidelity V, Fountain founder and president Reggie Fountain presented Bush with a lifetime membership in the American Striper Association.

"I am honored to have President Bush as a repeat customer and a longtime friend," Fountain says. "We are proud to say that the commander in chief chooses a Mercury-powered Fountain."

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Comments (4) Comments are closed
4 Thursday, 14 October 2010 21:33
I am proud of President GHWB. At 86 and operating a 38 Fountain sporting 900 HP of pure muscle! I hope I am as bold at that age! The man rocks!!!
3 Thursday, 14 October 2010 20:58
"FIDELITY" is a great name for a boat. It means TRUSTWORTHY & FAITHFUL. I'm just on my third FIDELITY......Oh, and I like the ex-President too!
2 Thursday, 14 October 2010 19:55
Steve Hayes
Much as I admire our former President (another resident of Maine), I have at least some doubt if he has had to buy the boats. The Fountain press release suggests strongly that the boats were a gift from the company (notice the repeated use of the word, "delivered" not "purchased"). It also states that the company president presented GHWB with the keys, also suggesting gift. I'm not criticizing the company or GHWB (great for both) the contrast drawn by Chris Foster is not as strong as it might appear.
1 Thursday, 14 October 2010 19:08
Chris Foster
It's nice and very fitting that GHWB chose to buy a boat and motors that were built in the United States and to license them in his home state of Maine.
John Kerry...........are you listening?