The restored presidential yacht USS Sequoia is making a national tour before being returned once again to the president of the United States after an 11-year hiatus.

The Sequoia, which was sold in 1977 by President Carter as part of an austerity move, has been repaired by a private group. It was launched Wednesday on a 100-city, 22-state tour that will enable thousands to see the vessel before it is officially returned to the White House Nov. 15.