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Haven 12.5 complete!  Photograph by the author.

Haven 12.5 Completed!

Transom of Haven 12.5.  Photograph courtesy of the author.
Interior of Haven 12.5.  Photograph courtesy of the author.

Finally!  We have completion and not too far off the desired completion date.  Built by Finger Boatworks and almost solely by FBW employee Tyler Winger, a graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School – with the assistance of FBW owner Eric Finger (a graduate of the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design), Matt Fabiszak, Andy Schwartz, and with the spars built by Artisan Boatworks of Maine (owner is a graduate of the Landing School as well) – she will have her official “splash” in the summer.  A few more small pieces of hardware need to be attached and the seats put in but those pieces should be done before the end of this week.  Her name will be added later on the transom – hand lettered of course!

She has been a labor of love and my son, all of 2 ½, will be disappointed when he finally realizes she is not his boat!

Now, onward to the building of an Alerion.  I will certainly keep you posted on that with more to come from the “Nation of Nantucket.”

Look for Hijinks in the harbor this summer!

The Nation of Nantucket

The “Nation of Nantucket” was coined by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1847.  It was used by Edward Byers as the title of his 1987 publication on Nantucket society and politics from 1660 – 1820.  Both men spoke of the isolation and uniqueness of Nantucket and that such a title was fitting for our tiny spit of land far out at sea.  I, too, feel that it is appropriate – on many levels.  I use it as the title of this column because here I intend to regale you with all sorts of stories about Nantucketers, island life, island institutions, and the history (good and bad) of a small island that had an enormous influence on the world.  My focus will be mainly on Nantucket women, of course, but I will add some other things of interest to me – and I hope you – as well.  Stay tuned and to read my blog for the Maria Mitchell Association go to “Maria Mitchell’s Attic,” And to read more about Nantucket's daring daughters, check out my new book The Daring Daughters of Nantucket Island: How Island Women from the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Centuries Lived a Life Contrary to Other American Women available at island bookstores and on Nantucket Chronicle's Marketplace.

Jascin N. Leonardo Finger has served as curator of the Mitchell House at the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association since 1999.  She holds a Master’s in History.  Her passions are her family, all things Nantucket, good food, weaving, and photographing historic architecture.  The island has been a part of her life since she was introduced to it at age 1½ by her parents.  She lives year-round on the island with her husband, a naval architect, their son, and their Siberian Husky who takes them on long walks from one glorious end of the island to the other.