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The donated Penobscot 14 is ready for the 2014 summer season!

The D.P. Stowe is ready for the spring time.


A  partially completed Penobscot 14, was donated by the estate of David Stowe, and now takes center stage in the Heritage Coast boat building shop in Tawas, Michigan.  David Stowe completed approximately 80% of his Penobscot 14 before his death in 2011.  When completed, the Penobscot 14 will be named the "D.P. Stowe in honor of DavidThe finished Penobscot 14 will be set up as a rowing boat or as a sailing skiff with a removable Gunter rig (Gaff rigged sloop).  In 2013, we will set up the Penobscot 14 as a rowing boat for one or two rowers and later in 2014, the Penobscot 14 will be fitted with a Gunter rigging and sails to make it sailing skiff.  The Penobscot 14 will be welcome addition to our community rowing and sailing programs. 

                D.P. Stowe

David Stowe in his workshop building the Penobscot 14 on left and the partially completed Penobscot 14 in the Heritage 23 Workshop on the right.

David Stowe was a Navy man who served on several submarines as an engineman, and among his many skills were woodworking and building. Complications from diabetes in his 40s forced him to retire from General Motor’s Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti. Though he received a kidney transplant, he was not able to return to work.

Mary, his wife of 36 years, said David was not a man who could sit idly. He always needed a project. So he combined his love of the water with his self-taught woodworking skills.  He researched boat building and attended various wooden boat exhibits when he was decided to build to build a Penobscot 14.

The Penobscot 14 boat is considered a rewarding one to build and approachable for a first-time boat builder. David set up shop in his backyard garage in Ypsilanti and diligently worked on his dream boat. Being a perfectionist, Mary said he took great pains to get it “just right.”.  Unfortunately David’s ill health stopped his progress before he could complete his dream project. He died in 2011.

Mary recognized how important it was to have that boat finished and sailing. She graciously donated the Penobscot 14 to Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing, Inc. Based in on Tawas Bay, Michigan. The group’s purposes include boat building, sailing and rowing in traditional regional craft.

David’s dream boat is now housed in a workshop in Alabaster where one of his nephews will join the HCSR volunteers to complete the Penobscot 14 and have it sailing Tawas Bay in the summer of 2013.

When the Penobscot 14 is launched, David’s spirit, no doubt, will be aboard, and his passion will take sail for others to enjoy.


Penobscot 14 Building Progress Pictures and Comments

Length over all: 14'
Waterline length: 12' 8
Beam:  4' 6-1/2"
Draft, board up: 0' 7"
Draft, board down: 2' 6"
Weight:  +/- 175 lb
Sail Area: 95 sq. ft.

The D.P. Stowe Penobscot 14 is nearing completion!  Updated December 26, 2013
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Updated May 31, 2013
More construction photos of the Penobscot 14 in the Heritage 23 workshop are illustrated below with latest info first.
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A completed, bonded in place oar lock station, waiting for a coat of epoxy.

 

Updated May 15, 2013
More construction photos of the Penobscot 14 in the Heritage 23 workshop are illustrated below with latest info first.
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The top plate for one of the oar locks is being cut to shape.


Updated April 22, 2013
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Rudder parts being dry-fit on a layout table.


Updated April 18, 2013
More construction photos of the Penobscot 14 in the Heritage 23 shop are illustrated below---scroll down. 
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View of decked gunwale and breastplate.  All to have their edges rounded.

 


Updated April 8, 2013
More construction photos of the Penobscot 14 and Heritage 23 shop are illustrated below---scroll down. 
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Inner sides of the centerboard trunk covered by a coat of epoxy.



 

March 2013 --- Project Start from the donated Penobscot 14 from the estate of D. P. Stowe
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The forward oarlock mount on the starboard side is shown with a proxie for the rubrail and rail top.


 



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