Brooklin Boat Yard
Joel White designed the Haven 12 ½ as a centerboard version of the famous Herreshoff 12 ½ footers, one of which he owned for nearly half a century and is still owned by his son Steve White. Because Joel so respected the original design, having sailed his SHADOW in all conditions, he set out to make the Haven perform exactly like the Herreshoff. With a little more beam and slightly filled-out bilges, Joel’s numbers indicated identical stability. Wetted surface remained about the same and the sail plan identical, so it came as no surprise that Joel achieved what he set out to do. The chief advantage of the Haven over the Herreshoff is, of course, the shallow draft and with it a long straight keel. She’ll float in only a foot and a half of water, where as it tales two and a half feet for the Herreshoff. This opens up more acreage for thin-water sailing, and allows for easy trailering. The deeper keel and wineglass shaped sections of the Herreshoff may make her look more elegant than the Haven when you see them together out of the water, but this is of small concern once they are overboard and the underbodies are hidden below the waves. Then the two are indistinguishable unless you seek out the tell-tale centerboard trunk. They have the same roomy cockpit, comfortable seating and the same exhilarating but safe feeling when the wind breezes up.
The Haven being offered for sale here is the only Haven to have been built by Brooklin Boat Yard and she was originally built for C. Thomas Clagett, Jr a noted yachtsman who was a driving force for the use of yachting and yacht racing as a tool for success and is the namesake for the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta that provides on-water sailing opportunities for disabled persons.
Designer: Joel White
Builder: Brooklin Boat Yard
Draft Min: 1.42’
Draft Max: 3.33’
Displacement: 1,000 lbs.
Sail Area: 155 sq. ft.
Traditional plank-on-frame hull construction
Lead ballast keel White Oak frames and structural members
Varnished mahogany sheer strake and transom
Deck is marine plywood over White Oak deck beams and carlins overlaid with Dynel cloth set in Epoxy
Varnished Mahogany cockpit coamings.
Varnished Mahogany cockpit seating
Forward and aft cockpit bulkhead are of Cedar with painted finish
Aft cockpit deck is marine plywood overlaid with Dynel cloth set in Epoxy.
Decks are painted a light buff color
Topsides are painted Green with a White boot stripe
Bottom is red anti-fouling
Steering is by rudder and tiller
Rudder is laminated marine plywood epoxy sealed Bronze rudder pintals and gudgeons Varnished Ash tiller
Centerboard trunk is epoxy sealed marine plywood with solid mahogany ends and varnished mahogany cap
Centerboard is laminated marine plywood, epoxy sealed with added lead weight
Cast bronze bow chocks and docking / towing cleat
Gaff-rigged sloop configuration
Varnished Sitka Spruce mast
Varnished Sitka Spruce boom and gaff
Varnished Sitka Spruce jib club
Stainless steel wire shrouds with turnbuckle adjuster
Stainless steel wire headstay
3-Strand Dacron running rigging for halyards and sheets
Bronze chain plates
Bronze blocks and cleats
Bronze main sheet traveler
All sails by Harding
Full cockpit cover
Anchor and anchor rode
Solar powered electric bilge pump
Type IV PFD’s (cushions) 8 each
Varnished oars 1 pair
1984, Cox single-axle trailer and all support / transport equipment for mast and booms.
Trailer rebuilt in 2016. New tires and spare,