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Haven 12.5 Nearing Completion.  Photograph courtesy of Finger Boatworks.

Haven 12.5 Nearing Completion!

As you can see here, the Haven 12.5 being built at Finger Boatworks is nearing its completion. The coamings are on and the deck has been fully installed.  You will also notice inside the boat that the centerboard truck has been built.  The centerboard is basically the first piece and the boat is built around it but this is the first image where you can really see it.  Due to work at the shop on other repairs over the summer for other boats, some of the work was delayed but it’s still set for its target completion in October.  In fact, more has been completed since these images were taken. 

The cloth covering for the deck has also been installed – you can see Tyler Winger applying the resin to it in this image and see the excess of the cloth not yet cut off on the starboard side towards the bow.  The cloth is Dynel – a laminate fabric - and it is used instead of fiberglass.  It is used often on wooden boats – especially historic ones undergoing museum-quality restoration.  It is highly resistant to abrasion – thus a good choice for decks that are constantly getting abused.  

I think for my next post, you can expect completion!

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.