Allen’s own boat, No. 9, is a testament to that legacy. The original number nine was built by his father, then traded back to the shop when Allen was 14 years old. His father thought it would be good for Allen to learn how to take care of a wooden boat. Even as a youngster, Allen enjoyed having something unique to preserve. One night long ago, No. 9 was stolen from the backyard of Allen Boatworks by kids, allegedly on a mission to sink the boat. They launched it and threw boulders at it, until beating it into an irreparable state.