Fundraising Campaign Launched to Preserve JFK’s Sailboat

FILE – In this Aug. 7, 1960, file photo, Sen. John F. Kennedy and wife Jacqueline sail in the family sailboat, Victura, off the Cape Cod shore at Hyannis, Mass. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced Wednesday, March 15, 2017, it was launching a campaign to preserve the aging sailboat, which it displays on the library lawn during the summer months. (AP Photo/File)

BOSTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has launched a public campaign to raise funds to help preserve the former president’s beloved wooden sailboat.

The goal of the GoFundMe campaign launched Wednesday is to raise $25,000 for maintenance of the Victura, purchased when Kennedy was 15.

The boat remained a favorite throughout his life and can be seen in several famous photos of the family.

Since 1980, the vessel has been displayed six months of the year outside the presidential library in Boston, where it endures a constant assault from the elements.

Every year it needs about 100 hours of preservation work, including sanding, paint and varnish touchups.

The fundraising campaign was started as part of a yearlong series of events to mark the 100th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth.

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