The design brief for Haven was inspired by Lyman and other lapstrake runabouts popular in the late 1950s. She was designed for me by Paul Gartside. The beautifully drawn plans were published in Watercraft magazine in 2016 and in Paul’s book Plans and Dreams Volume II (Chapter 21).Haven is of glued-lapstrake plywood construction using 3/8″ meranti marine plywood, her structure is of Douglas fir, and her decking and interior are sapele. I learned glued-lapstrake construction with John Brooks in courses at the WoodenBoat school in 2007 and 2008. Haven is the third boat I built using this method, preceded by an Arch Davis Penobscot 14 (launched 2011) and a Joel White Shellback dinghy (launched 2014). Haven was a joy to build over four years of part-time work.Haven has a 40hp 4-stroke Suzuki outboard, sufficient for cruising speeds in the 17-20 knot range. She beaches easily when exploring islands in the Gulf Islands National Marine Park in the Salish Sea.

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The build was started in 2009 by Dr. David Likely of Dorn Ridge N.B.