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General Haven Discussion / Re: Anyone Currently Building The Haven
« Last post by kilp on September 01, 2017, 09:11:12 PM »
I've just recently started my build.   Got the molds done.  Transom in progress; I had the mahogany.  Next (for me) is the stem and stern knee.  Haven't gotten around to sending progress pictures to the Moderator; plenty of good mold pictures out there already.  I do check the forum from time to time, just not daily.  Be nice to see someone else here.
General Haven Discussion / Haven plan variations
« Last post by Craig on August 29, 2017, 04:20:38 PM »
I Am building a mold for the lead keel for the Haven 12.5 and found the station measurements are not equal. My assumption is that they should all be equal but the plan call outs vary by as much as ".
General Haven Discussion / Anyone Currently Building The Haven
« Last post by Craig on August 26, 2017, 05:13:00 PM »
Shout out to see if anyone else is building the Haven. I wouldn't mind sending pictures and videos of my build if there is anyone reading the forum.
Introduce yourself! / Re: Introduce yourself HERE
« Last post by Craig on August 22, 2017, 10:41:38 AM »
Hi Guys,
My name is Craig Kelford and I live in San Pedro, California "Port of Los Angeles. I'm a retired firefighter and teacher.70 years old.
Many years ago I built the Dyson Baidarka two seater and loved the process. I've been a woodworker all my life and needed a new challenge so I picked the Haven. I was inspired by Tips From A Shipwright and Rebuilding Susanna.
I can't wait to get started although, doing the research is very rewarding also.
General Haven Discussion / Re: Mold question
« Last post by kilp on July 19, 2017, 09:24:38 AM »
I'm also a new Haven builder. I saw this too. (I'm about half way thru my molds.)  Looking a bit forward, once the floor timbers are on, projecting molds and frames are trimmed below the floor timber bevel for the wood keel.  So, it doesn't really matter what shape you follow here.    For me, I found the old advice true - read the whole procedure first.  Sometimes I found hints well forward of the place I need them.  Your question is directly answered by "step" 90 in Bray.  It contains some guidance for floor timber cleats that is used back in the mold building section.   

Sorry for the very delayed response to your question. As a new member, I saw an unanswered question from another novice member.  Wouldn't hurt to see a little more activity on this forum. (Or, has everyone moved to Wooden Boat?)

Hope your project is going well.
Introduce yourself! / Re: Introduce yourself HERE
« Last post by kilp on July 18, 2017, 06:16:56 PM »
Hello Haven Builders,
By way of introduction, my name is Todd Kilpatrick and I have just started construction of my molds. In the last two years, I have completed two strip built 14' kayaks.  I've also done a bit of restoration on a 1980 Victoria 18, but that was a dozen years ago.  Been sailing her since.  For this project I wanted something a little more long term and challenging.  I think I've found both with the Haven. 
I look forward to the project and am very happy to have found this resource. 
Introduce yourself! / Re: Introduce yourself HERE
« Last post by glow on February 09, 2017, 05:24:57 PM »
Hi Folks,
My name is Alex Glover.  I live in SC. I hope to start my Haven career in about 2 months. I am a retired CPA, then bread baker, now, hopefully small boat builder. My grandfather, father and two uncles were boatbuilders, furniture builders in the Charleston area. I chose a different route, but feel I am on the right track now. A boat project as been on my bucket list for many years, perhaps not enough left, but, hey, better late than never. My wife's family is steeped in Herreshoff tradition in and around Marblehead and Chappaquiddick. Thus my choice of the Haven. I am looking forward to this resource as I begin my pile of sawdust and shavings!
General Haven Discussion / Mold question
« Last post by Jenk on October 29, 2016, 06:26:30 PM »
Hi all, I have built the first three molds and I'm on #4. I am confused. The plan line stops about a half inch from the centerline (at the keel). The first three were flattened off and I imagine this for the stem to lay upon. What to do with #4. Should I extend the curve as best I can to the center line or flatten off to the center line. If I extend it, the mold will be pretty pointy at the top when I put the halves together. any help appreciated. thanks Chuck
General Haven Discussion / Re: just got plans
« Last post by smit on October 28, 2016, 10:37:41 PM »
Hey Jenk, I noticed you sail at Smithville Lake. I launched my Haven at Smithville 7 years ago, although she's kept in Maine now. You can read my photo essay on this web site, and I published a three part story of building the boat in "Watercraft" a British wooden boatbuilding magazine that ran last summer. I just finished the rough draft for an article in "Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors" about building the boat that will run sometime next year. Finally, the forthcoming "Tools & Shops" issue of "Fine Woodworking Magazine" will have a feature article on a tool chest I built for my shop in Maine. They did a video shoot of the shop and cabinet (and maybe the boat too, I haven't seen it yet) that will be on their web site in the near feature. I live in St. Joseph, so if you need any help, let me know.

-Dan Smith
General Haven Discussion / What are Plans and Molds Worth?
« Last post by nich on October 24, 2016, 02:00:38 PM »
Found a fellow with a "stalled" Haven project who wants to sell the plan set and molds (have not been set up or faired yet) for $500. He feels cost of plans, materials, etc make them worth that. What do other's think? Seems a bit pricey to me, but what do others think plans / molds are worth?
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Entries from the old Forum have been compiled into a "Variations From Plans" document which you can
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It is by no means complete. Send me an email or post here additional items which should be included in this document and it will be updated periodically. This document will allow new builders to benefit from our learning experiences and save them some grief!