Friday, March 04, 2011

Herroshoff Haven 12 ½ and Mike Broome’s 20’ Day Sailer ‘Cirrus’

Photo from Sillette Marine Propulsion website - see link below

I was trawling through the links in the boats section of the Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy’s website when I came across a familiar day sailer that I had seen at Burnham-on-Crouch. In fact I had posted an article* to this Blog about her on 13th September, 2010. The name ‘Cirrus’ and the wonderful craftsmanship rang a bell. Here was the very boat I seen and touched. From the Academy’s website I learned she had been designed by Mike Broome, an instructor at the Academy, and she had been built there by Bob Hinks.

At Burnham-on-Crouch

When I wrote my Blog about ‘Cirrus’ I believed she had features similar to Nathanael Herreshoff’s Haven 12 ½ day boat which in fact had an overall length of 16’. Joel White’s interpretation of the design with a shallow keel had similar overall measurements. Mike Broome’s day sailer is 20’ from bow to stern. Instead of being rigged with a gaff mainsail, she has a tall Bermudan sail set on a metal mast. I hadn’t realised she was powered by an electric saildrive because I had assumed she was equipped with a small, lightweight modern diesel engine.

Graceful transom

I was enthralled with the Mike Broom day sailer because she was so well built, and her lines were a joy to my eye. I knew in my heart that I would never own her; indeed I would never have the pleasure of sailing her. If I allowed myself to covet a boat I would surely want her. Congratulations to Bob Hinks and any who had a part in building this fine day boat, and of course, well done to her designer who has captured the spirit of Herroshoff’s Haven 12 ½ by creating a vessel with similar endearing features, especially the sloping wineglass shaped transom and the fine curved bow.

Cleverly designed lifting rudder


*Day Sailer

Day Sailer designed by Mike Broome, an instructor at the Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy

Sillette Marine Propulsions including saildrives. The site has photos of ‘Cirrus’

Joel White version of Herreshoff’s Haven 12 ½ built by John Watson

Building a Herreshoff Haven 12 ½ by Joel White – being built by Alastair Gary Thompson at the Lyme Regis Boatbuilding Academy

Haven 12 ½ by Howard Boats – stripped planked + double diagonal veneers and GRP sheathing

Landing School Boat’s page on the Haven 12 ½ - good photos

Specification of a Joel White Haven 12 ½

Herreshoff Haven 12 ½ for Sale Gatsby Yachts $50,000

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