Joel White designed the Haven sloop as a centerboard version of the famous Herreshoff 12 ½ footers, one of which he’d owned for nearly half a century. Because he so respected the original design, he set out to make the Haven sloop perform exactly as the inspiration by Herreshoff. With a little more beam and slightly filled-out bilges Joel’s design produced identical stability numbers. Wetted surface remained the same and the gaff-rigged sail plan being identical to the Herreshoff model it came as no surprise to anyone that Joel accomplished what he set out to do while paying homage to the original design.
Here in Brooklin (Maine) the Center Harbor Yacht Club intermingles Havens and Herreshoffs (both Gaff and Marconi rig configurations) on the race course with no handicap rating difference. In the end it comes down to who is the best sailor on any given day with Havens, Herreshoffs, Gaffs and Marconi’s all getting their fair share of silver.
Of course the chief advantage of the Haven over the Herreshoff is the shallow draft. A Haven will float in only a foot and a half whereas the Herreshoff requires an additional foot of water to stay off the bottom. The shallow draft opens up a wider “skinny water” sailing area for exploration, makes it easier to step ashore on some secluded beach and makes the boat much more trailer friendly for launching and hauling.
Crafted by Eric Dow’s Boat Shop (Brooklin, Maine) in 2003, MISS BAXTER has been built using modern cold-molded / wood-epoxy construction techniques. This means of construction is an advantage to the Haven owner in that it allows the boat to be stored for long periods of time with no planking shrinkage, longer periods between hull repainting, no fasteners to worry about and fewer frames resulting in cleaner / less obstructed bilges.
MISS BAXTER is in very excellent condition. Because of her location in storage here at Brooklin Boat Yard good photos of the boat are really available. Potential buyers are encouraged to come and see the boat for a first hand look.
Designer: Joel White / Brooklin Boat Yard
Builder: Eric Dow / Eric Dow Boat Shop
Construction Type: Cold-molded, wood-epoxy hull construction
LOA: 16’ 0”
LWL: 12’ 6”
Beam: 6’ 1”
Draft (minimum): 1’ 6”
Draft (maximum): 3’ 4”
Ballast: 585 lbs. lead
Displacement: 1,400 lbs.
Sail Area: 133 sq. ft.
Keel / centerboard type sloop with keel hung rudder.
White oak stem, backbone stern post, transom knee and floor timbers.
Cold-molded, wood-epoxy hull construction.
Varnished mahogany transom
Tongue and groove varnished mahogany bulkheads
Water-tight forward bulkhead provides positive floatation.
Marine plywood decks over white oak deck beams
Fore and aft decks over laid with Dynel cloth set in epoxy and painted (Buff) finish Centerboard is 2-layers of ½” mahogany plywood with inset lead weight
Rudder is 2-layers of ½” mahogany plywood with white oak doubles at rudder head. Varnished mahogany sheer strake, toe rails, cockpit coamings and seating.
All deck hardware is of cast bronze or fabricated bronze construction
Topsides are dark blue with single white boot stripe.
Bottom coating is red anti-fouling paint
Gaff-rigged sloop configuration
Varnished Sitka spruce mast, boom, gaff and jib club
Stainless steel (3/16”) wire standing rigging with turnbuckle adjusters at shrouds.
Dacron (5/16”) 3-strand line for halyards and sheets
Bronze halyard and sheet blocks
Center Harbor Sailmakers
Galvanized single-axle Triad trailer with tongue extension, mast storage rack and aft support jacks designed specifically for Haven 12 ½
Whale Gusher manual bilge pump under cockpit sole with plumbed overboard discharge
Nexus hand-held compass
Mushroom anchor with rode.
Telescoping aluminum boat hook