Wooden Ships Comments on this Haven centreboard dinghy

The Herreshoff Haven 12 ½ designed by the great Nat Herreshoff in 1914 when he was already 66 years old has become possibly his most enduring design despite 6 Americas Cup winners and so many fabulous big yachts with hundreds of them built in the USA and round the worldHaven Centreboard dinghy

American designer Joel White described the Herreshoff 12 ½  as “ probably the best small boat ever designed” and went on to design a centre-board version of the great man’s 12 ½  which he called the Haven 12 ½,  Design No 75.

Joel White’s centreboard Haven 12 ½ version  is shallower in the bilge than the original with 3” more in the beam to maintain displacement. Rig, hull shape above wl, performance and everything else remain the same as the Herreshoff 12 ½





Cedar strip planked,  fully sheathed inside and out in epoxy.



Rig    Gaff rig

Hollow wooden spars.   Mainsail, self-tacking jib, genoa.




4hp Johnson outboard, centrally mounted inboard.





Bilge pump

Digital depth sounder


Single axle 1 ton break back trailer

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