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.
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.
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.
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.