“‘Hindu is a dream come true,” new owner William Rowan of Key West, Florida says. “I’m happy I could save this historic boat before it rotted away.” Rowan, a historical architect, has been part of the team that has replaced hull planking, cotton caulking, keel bolts, and innumerable other parts of the key west schooner over the past year.
Josh is a boat systems designer and builder, doing business as Rowan Boatworks L.L.C. He has been at the forefront of “Hindu’s” restoration, which has been ongoing since August, 2011. “It’s been a long road, and my family has sacrificed a lot of time and money, but I think it’s paid off,” Rowan says, “We’ve been very lucky that so many people have helped us along the way. By the time we’re done, I think the boat will be in the best shape of its life.” Joshua Rowan, 32, has held a captain’s license since age 16. His father and mother raised he and two of his brothers while cruising on a 50-foot sailboat they constructed in the woods of Oregon in the 1970s. Rowan chartered that sailboat in the late 1990s in Key West until Hurricane Wilma damaged the boat in 2005. He is now restoring that boat in a shop in Canton, N.Y., when he can get away. He attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. He earned a degree in New Zealand from the Southern Institute of Technology.