That is very sad news indeed. Lowell was a good friend. I first met him before he raced boats and was an apprentice of Tim Butts. Tim had so many boats to build he needed help, and Lowell proved to be an excellent boat builder. I never asked Tim what he thought about Lowell starting his own line of boats, and Tim never has said anything contrary about Lowell's boats. It was the same with Lowell. He always had the highest regard for Tim.
From what I can remember is that Lowell was a neighbor of Tim Butts and became fascinated with Tim's work and the sport of boat racing. He became totally immersed in it, and made a name for himself and his work.
God bless the Schumacher family, and ...Lowell....rest in peace my friend!