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A place to gab / The Stairway Valet - a dumbwaiter for the basement stairs.
« Last post by webmaster on November 03, 2017, 10:10:28 AM »
Now that I am boatless  and have some time on my hands, I deciced to do some inventing, and write a book.  No, not a seafaring novel - but a how to- book.  For some time now it has been hard for my wife and I to carry things up and down stairs.  I came up wit a solution that is easy to build, not expensive, and extremely useful.  You can order the book at:

See the video at: 
General Haven Discussion / Wayward Wind meets her demise.
« Last post by webmaster on October 27, 2017, 01:08:56 PM »
The new owner of Wayward Wind sent her from Boston to Artisan Boatworks in Maine for some restoration work.  On the return trip to Boston after the work was completed, there was a highway accident.  You can see pictures on the Artisan Facebook page.  This would be a good restoration project for someone, or the keel, bronze, rigging and spars, could be salvaged for your own build.
General Haven Discussion / Re: Bead and Flute Router Bit
« Last post by kilp on October 20, 2017, 08:46:25 PM »
I was able to find a 1/4"R bead and cove bit at  The radius is good for the 1/2" strips I plan to use.  If anyone knows where to find 9/32" radius bits for 9/16" strips, I would also be interested. Might change my plan.

 I guess it would be possible to make a couple of  router table passes with appropriate curved and round over bits, but as 1/2" is the specified hull thickness, I just didn't investigate further.  Todd
General Haven Discussion / Videos!
« Last post by webmaster on October 13, 2017, 05:10:48 PM »
Hi Tom,  I am just about done with grass cutting and sailing for the season. Hope to sail the Pearson Triton this weekend and then will likely have to winterize. Which now leads me back to my garage, more invigorated than ever. I started working on my Haven about this time last year. I don't know if I told you but I wound up getting my molds from John Hutchinson from Pittsburgh PA. I live in northwestern Missouri so it was a very long weekend pulling a trailer up there and back but I am very thankful that he wanted to see them put to good use and saved me time and money not having to build my own. I have been making videos as I go along and all can be found on my youtube channel. I know that you have been requesting pictures of building projects and so I thought my videos might be of some use to others. This is my first Haven and although I have built other boats, most recently a cedar strip canoe, I sometimes think that maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew but undaunted, I press on and each little successful part completed spurs me onward.  If you can link my videos on to your havenbuilders website, maybe they will be of some help to others. here are a couple of links but feel free to search the rest and link whatever you might find appropriate (not my wretched guitar videos, lol)
Haven 12 1/2 boat building. Scrounging up more white oak  Tom, I probably have a dozen other Haven videos. ok, thanks, Chuck  Haven 12 1/2 boat building. Scrounging up more white oak
More lumber milling
Haven 12 1/2 Floor Timbers
Haven 12 1/2 Floor Timbers
Measuring and getting ready to cut bevel in number 5 frame.
General Haven Discussion / Bead and Flute Router Bit
« Last post by Craig on October 11, 2017, 12:53:34 PM »
Dr. Andree show a picture of his 9/16" X 1 Ĺ" strip planks and am wondering if anyone might guess as to the size of his Bead and Flute.
Also, where I might get such a bit.
General Haven Discussion / Re: Anyone Currently Building The Haven
« Last post by Craig on October 07, 2017, 12:25:14 PM »
Glad to see another builder out there. Iím drafting a post on my keel pouring experiences and will post it shortly with some pictures. Iím thought Iíd start with the hardest things first. A friend gave me the molds but I donít want to begin the hull till everything else is ready as it will take up a lot of room.
Right now Iím carving out the tiller. Another difficult project. Thereís a great video on complex curves at This is a great site and well worth $40 a year.
General Haven Discussion / HavenBuilders web site lives on!!
« Last post by webmaster on October 06, 2017, 09:03:09 PM »
As many of you know, I had planned to discontinue the web site at the end of this year. Circumstances have changed, I have sold my Haven (shown below) , freeing up time, and I have received many many emails and letters from people asking that the site stay up and active. The site WILL remain open!!!

One change is that memberships will be on an annual calendar year basis.  Dues will be due and payable on January first each year.

Any current member who renews between now and January first will have continuous use of the site from now all through 2018.

Any new or inactive member can join now, or any time before January first and enjoy continuous use of the site from the day he joins until December, 2018.

The site is alive and well!  Join or re-join now by going to: 

Welcome, or welcome back!

Tom Strong
General Haven Discussion / Re: Anyone Currently Building The Haven
« Last post by webmaster on October 03, 2017, 09:37:30 AM »

Please add your photos and videos here to this post.  There are hundreds of people who look at this Forum, but who are not registered users who could benefit from your photos and comments.  For example, there are currently: "Users Online Users Online 78 Guests, 2 Users"

This statistic can be accessed any time on the "HOME" page ( near the bottom of the page.
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 Ĺ".
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Entries from the old Forum have been compiled into a "Variations From Plans" document which you can
download and print out as a Word document HERE.

Or you can view it as a web page at HERE

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!