Many folks ask about the boats name. Traditionally boats do not change their names. It would confuse the old timers who have known this classic boat for the last sixty years. Confusing Neptune: similarly not a good idea.
Peniel came to me with a curious old book of sepia photographs. Recorded are the first thoughts of her designer, the drafting through to the building, from the first un-carved block to her launching in Lake Union, Seattle.
Included in the book is a story of Jacob of the Old Testament wrestling all night long with a burly angel with massive wings. It was the night before Jacob was due to meet under uncertain terms with his brother approaching with a threatening army.
Every sailor of long voyages has seen a dark night where survival of a severe storm becomes questionable. It’s a humbling feeling: fear, struggle, exhaustion, acceptance, followed by immense gratitude with the coming of the dawn as we find we’ve survived. In the same manner Jacob is said to have wrestled through the night, “seen the face of God and survived”. He named that place Peniel.
Restoration of Peniel took place in Jensens Boatyard Friday Harbor and Emerald Marine Anacortes. She is well suited for the Pacific Northwest offering comfort and protection for both summer and winter extreme sailing conditions. Confidently pushing seven knots to windward is not uncommon. Changing headsails and reefing she remains comfortable sailing in windspeeds of 35-40 knots.
The diesel stove below is a constant source of warmth in winter months. The galley is well equipped, and the pilot house gives perfect shelter in adverse conditions. The cockpit is large enough for Eight. The flush foredeck suited for carrying paddleboards, kayaks or dive gear. In times of no wind where a destination goal outweighs the option of drifting the 85 HP Diesel gets us where we want to go with a speed of 8 knots. Her towed 25 HP ‘Bullfrog’ tender opens many options including anchorage and going ashore on remote islands.
Deign: William Garden, 42′ Pilothouse Sloop, Large Aft Cockpit and Flush Foredeck
Length 42′, Beam 11’5″, Draft 5’6″
85 HP Perkins Diesel, 60 lb Anchor, Galley, Sleeps 4-6
200 Gallon Diesel Tank for Ketchikan or San Francisco Without Stopping
25HP Bullfrog Tender