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A Legend On the Water, Available to Reserve in August 2024

Originally built by the Purdy Boat Company in May of 1937 for Wall Street financier, John Hay (Jock) Whitney of Long Island, Aphrodite has its own comprehensive history. Best described as a “Commuter Yacht”, this elegant and sleek 74-footer would whisk Whitney on a journey down the Long Island Sound to his Wall Street office.

Over the years, Aphrodite’s guest list became a “Who’s Who” for summer day cruises with such luminaries as Fred Astaire, Sir Laurence Olivier, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Ford II, FDR advisor Harry Hopkins, Shirley Temple and Nelson Rockefeller. In April 1942 she was commissioned as a Coast Guard auxiliary vessel and spent her war-time career ferrying dignitaries and transporting President Roosevelt to and from his Hyde Park home. In 1983, John Pannell, owner of the Harbor View Marine repair company, restored the yacht and relaunched the Aphrodite in 1984.

Pannell sold Aphrodite to her present owner in 2003 t0 a classic boat enthusiast, Charles Royce, who began a complete restoration of the yacht to bring her systems up to today’s standards. The Aphrodite went through complete restoration using the original boat as a template at the Brooklin Boat Yard. True to the Royce’s nature, and similarly done with the Ocean House, the first stage of the project was to extensively catalog all aspects of the boat for later reference. Once this historical documentation was completed, reconstruction began with the replacement of the original backbone, stem, floors and the reframing of Aphrodite’s signature torpedo stern. Once the framing work was completed, the hull was then re-planked, as originally built, with two layers of Philippine mahogany and copper rivets. A new deck, along with the crafting of Aphrodite’s distinctive cabin and interior accommodations was then finalized. In October of 2005, the Aphrodite’s owners departed the Center Harbor waters for the yacht to begin a new life based in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

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Available Beginning in August 2024

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