I built the Haven 12 1/2 in 2008. It was my second carvel planked boat. After over 45 years as a fine furniture maker, I converted to boats. This soon became quite a passion. Years and a few boats later, I would say this was the hardest boat I have built. But the reward is a boat that is sweet to the eye (due to the genius of Francis Herreshoff) but also sails well and is very stable in rough waters. I have kept her in the water and sailed her every boating season since 2008. Herreshoff designed his 12 1/2 for his grandkids to learn to sail and Joel White’s rendition is faithful to the easy handling and stability of the Herreshoff.