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Haven 12.5

(REF: 21331)


  • Designer: Joel White
  • Year: 2014
  • Location: Bristol
  • Length on deck: 16'
  • Beam: 6'
  • Draft: 18"

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Haven 12.5 built by the present owner for himself in 2014.  The Haven was designed by Joel White as the centreboard version of Herreshoffs Buzzards Bay 12.5, described by White as ‘probably the best day sail boat ever designed’.

The hull shape with its stiff bilge, external lead ballast and wide beam make these boats extremely stable, safe and fun to sail.  The large cockpit has plenty of space and sailing with 4 adults is not a problem, however she can easily be handled by just one person.  Easy to launch rig and retrieve, she is an ideal day boat but more capable than her 16′ length suggests.

As with many of the Havens she is edge glued strip plank Cedar making for a light, strong and low maintenance hull.

Complete with covers and road trailer, she a whole package that has only been lightly used since she was built and is ready for the next owner.

Length on Deck                 16′

Length Waterline             12’6″

Beam                                    6′

Draft                                      18″ plate up




Built from 5/8″ strip plank Cedar, epoxy glued and sheathed in glass cloth inside and out.

Oak keel and deadwoods.

External lead ballast keel of 250kg held with stainless steel keel bolts.

Marine plywood centreplate lifted on a straight pull rope.

Varnished mahogany transom

Foredeck of straight laid hardwood  glued over a plywood subdeck and glass sheathed on the surface for a durable finish.  Aft deck of the same construction except it has a teak overlay.

Varnished mahogany cockpit coamings and thwarts.  Marine plywood bulkheads fore and aft.  Painted cockpit sole boards.

Transom hung rudder with bronze pintles.

All bronze deck fittings.




Gaff sloop rig on a keel stepped Douglas Fir mast.

Main boom, gaff yard and staysail boom all in varnished douglas fir.

Stainless steel standing rigging from 2014 to external bronze chain plates, simply rigged with a single shroud each side and forestay.  No running backstays as the shrouds are swept aft enough to give a backstaying effect.

Staysail on a boom and hanked to the forestay.

Sails made by Rowsell in 2014 of Clipper Canvas.  Mainsail 105sqft, jib 32sqft.

All running rigging is traditional 3 strand with solid bronze blocks.




SBS braked road trailer, 2014

All over heavy winter cover, 2019

Boom tent type cockpit cover

4kg Grapnel anchor with 30m of 12mm warp and 5m of chain




Running and standing rigging

All bronze fittings and blocks

Sole boards

Rudder and tiller




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