This is my first boat, a Penobscot 17 designed by Arch Davis. I built the boat with a bright finish cypress/teak deck, cypress faced sheerstrake, and white oak coaming, rub rail and flooring. A slight modification was made to the width and curve of the sheerstrake. The flooring and seat panels are all removable with large access openings to the forward and rear compartments (foam filled). A pivoting stayed gunter rig was designed for ease in rigging and converting from row to sail. The design changes were implemented to emphasize sailing over rowing, though she is still a fine rower.
Emili Castillo of Barcelona, Spain, recently launched this Penobscot 14 on the Fluvia River near his home. He named the boat SIBERIANA in honor of his son, who was born in Siberia, Russia, and his wife and daughter, who are both named Anna. Emili, wearing the red shirt in front in the group photograph, reports that he is very happy with the boat and her performance under oars. Anna, Jr. is seen in the other photograph. Emili plans to make the sailing rig next.
DEDE is an epoxy-glued lapstrake Penobscot 17 designed by Arch Davis, and built by Ed Titus, an alumnus of the WoodenBoat School. Ed built DEDE from meranti plywood and Douglas-fir, and trimmed her with ipe. She has a gunter rig with tanbark sails. DEDE is 17′ long with a 5′ beam. She took six years to build with many interruptions. Ed launched her on October 27, 2012 in Santa Cruz, California. He’ll sail DEDE in Monterey Bay and in various lakes in Northern California.
Jackie Lih, age 7, helped her father, Arthur, to build this 8′ Grace's Tender from a kit by Arch Davis. They made the hull from 4mm okoume plywood on white pine frames. According to her father, “Jackie loved this project and did a little bit of everything.” The pair worked all summer on the project, starting in June and launching in Massapequa, New York, at the end of September. Plans and kits are available at www.archdavisdesigns.com.
Wyn Menafee of Palmer, Alaska, and Roger Burleigh of Anchorage, Alaska, each built a Penobscot 17 from Arch Davis Designs. Though Wyn launched his boat (as yet unnamed) a few months before Roger's was finished, they sometimes sail in tandem on Big Lake, Alaska. Wyn writes that, “I have been using the boat for sailing, rowing, and motoring and have taken it in the ocean, as well was on lakes and rivers. It’s a great boat. Locally I sail at Big Lake, Kenai Lake, Trail Lake, and Resurrection Bay.
Jessica Glazer took these pictures of her father, Russ, sailing WILLIWAW. Arch Davis designed the gunter-rigged Penobscot 14 , that Russ built with 1/4″ mahogany plywood, pine stringers and seats, and fir knees and spars. Russ sails his boat in Western Massachusetts.
Matthew Sheffield built this Sand Dollar dinghy designed by Arch Davis in 2004. He keeps in the Ware River in Gloucester, VA, where he uses it for fishing and crabbing. He writes that it is as much fun to use as it was to build. He built the 11' boat from okoume plywood and African and Philippine mahogany on white oak.
Dan Vallerga's first adventure in boatbuilding led to this Penobscot 17 (Arch Davis design) which took just 10 months from start to its launch on Sept 6, 2004. Dan uses the boat in Humboldt Bay, Eureka, CA. Contact Dan at email@example.com.
Fred Fisher, a retired cabinetmaker, finished this Arch Davis-design Penobscot 14 in November 2003. He planked the boat with 1/4" mahogany plywood with Spanish cedar stringers and trim. The rail cap, interior, and oars are white oak. The mast and spars are laminated Douglas fir. Fred uses his boat in Blackwater Bay, Florida.