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United Kingdom

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2011 Haven 12.5 Herreshoff daysailer

£8,000 (Listed price: US$12,982)

Unknown,United Kingdom

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The Haven 12.5 is American boat builder Joel White's centre-board version of the great Nat Herreshoff's famous 12.5, designed in 1914 with hundreds of boats built in the US and round the world. 16' long, sails on wet grass, less than 1/2 ton weight with a gaff sloop rig making her a very practical small family day sailer.


Boat Details
Fuel OtherHull Material Wood 
Beam 6 ftMax Draft 2 ft 6 in 
Draft Board/Drive Up 1 ft 6 inLength at Waterline 12 ft 6 in 
Length on Deck 16 ftNumber of Engines 1 
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Wooden Ships

2 Southford Road
United Kingdom

Fax:  +44 (0)1803 833899

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Haven 12 ½  centre-board version gaff sloop                       

A brand new boat, never been in the water.

The Herreshoff 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 world

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

Built in Wales by professional wooden boat builder for the present owner, finished 2011.



The hull was built upside down on moulds, one mould per frame position with multiple stringers.

Steam oak timbers fitted first within the stringers. The stringers removed as the planking progresses, planked from keel up and gunnel down to meet at the turn of the bilge.

The hull skin is 4mm cedar with 2 skins of mahogany over, laid diagonally, using epoxy glue and screw fastened and glued to the steamed oak timbers.

The hull exterior was epoxy resin sealed and painted with best quality yacht paints to produce and perfectly fair surface.

The gunnel, coamings and seats are all mahogany finished in varnish.

The ballast keel is approx 600lbs lead, cast on site and secured with stainless steel bolts.

The centre board is epoxy coated ply armed with lead insert for negative buoyancy.

Removeable cock-pit sole boards in pine.

Varnished mahogany transom.


Gaff sloop rig on varnished spruce mast stepped on the keel with bronze strap to secure it to the coamings.

Slab reef boom sheets to the transom with the tail run inboard to the centre-board case.

Boomed jib.

Sails by North Sails Rhode Island USA.

Mainsail with single reef.       110 sq’

Staysail                                   31sq’

Genoa                                     60sq’

All deck and rig fittings in polished bronze from Bristol Bronze, USA, a standard kit for the Haven 12 ½

Brand new single axle 1 ton braked road trailer.

This is a very nice quality, brand new boat, completely ready to sail.





The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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