One of the first Douglas 31’s ever built, Penny Royal has perhaps one of the most interesting histories of any Douglas ever commissioned.
Built in 1970 she was one of the earliest hulls produced by Douglas Marine
She had a custom interior and rigging
created by Douglas for extended cruising
She was commissioned in Port Stanley Ontario
and there began her adventures. Penny Royal was a very strong and sea worthy craft with a ¾” fiberglass hull
, rigged with double spreaders and double back stays and even running back stays to handle extremely heavy weather
. Every square inch of her hull was accessible for storage
But most notably Penny Royal was the first Douglas to cross the Atlantic Ocean
. Her first owner John Wellman and his wife sailed "Penny Royal" across the Atlantic and back to Port Stanley, Ontario
. (Article in GAM a older Canadian Publication).
In September of 1976 her third owner Garnet McPherson, and a crew that included Toronto stunt man Tye Cody, and seasoned sailor John Lemon sailed her through hurricane
Emily with very little damage, arriving in Provincetown Rhode Island
before bringing her up the Hudson
river to Lake Ontario
. Where she was sailed for several years.
Since then she has been passed along to several owners and traveled the costal waters of the Atlantic seaboard many times. As far as we know Penny Royal is still sailing to this day out of South Carolina.