Havilah Hawkins

Captain, VELA & Windward Passage

Havilah Hawkins Havilah Hawkins was born and raised into the family’s windjammer business, sailing on the schooners STEPHEN TABER and ALICE WENTWORTH, as well as the MARY DAY, which was designed by his father and launched in 1962. “Haddie” has held a 100-ton auxiliary sail license to carry passengers for hire for over 30 years.

Along the way he has run charter yachts in the Caribbean, fished winters from offshore draggers in the gulf of Maine, delivered yachts, and worked in several boatyards building and repairing everything from large traditional sailing vessels to modern composite yachts. To earn a living in the winter “Haddie” works as a long-haul trucker, and he earlier had his own cottage business manufacturing wooden toys.

In 1996, he and his wife Beverly launched their 50-foot gaff headed sloop VELA of Haddie’s design, and daysailed her commercially for eleven years out of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard while raising their family onboard.

Since 2007 the Hawkins family has remained at home in their native Sedgewick, Maine during the summers and have found a new calling and purpose in working with the Windward Passage organization, using VELA to give youngsters from all walks of life a firsthand experience under sail.

Videos

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Virtues of a Flat Bottom Skiff: Captain Havilah Hawkins makes his case for a flat bottom skiff.  Simple, versatile, cheap to build, easy to maintain, a...
The Schmee of Havilah Hawkins: Havilah "Haddie" Hawkins, a fourth generation schoonerman, is one of the real originals.  Combine this with his gaff sl...
No Pressure Water System with Havilah Hawkins: "Trailing edge technology" tackles the problem of a cruising boat's fresh water system with breathtaking simplicity. The...
Thoughts on Having a Boat Designed, with Havilah Hawkins: Designing a boat that reflects all your dreams of life on board can be daunting; where do you begin? Havilah Hawkins sho...

 

Guide Posts

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Why This Skiff?: Note: The new skiff that we're building in Brooklin this summer with local kids was designed by Havilah Hawkins. In a wo...
My Favorite Rig and Why—The Gaff Rigged Schooner, by Havilah Hawkins: Okay, I’ll admit up front that I am a bit biased. In spite of now owning the 50’ sloop VELA, I can’t help myself....
CREEK CRAWLER, A Simple Trailerable Houseboat by Havilah Hawkins: Early in the life of OffCenterHarbor we OCH Guides were asked to come up with three boats we lust after.  One of the on...
Good Reads, Recommendations by Havilah Hawkins: OffCenterHarbor.com asked our guides to share their favorite books that should be in every boater’s library… 50 Sout...
Three Tricks of the Trade, by Capt. Havilah Hawkins, Jr.: I: Know your crew members and sail to their ability. The captain is responsible for the safety and the kind of experienc...
Learning from Experience; My Biggest Disaster and What it Taught Me, by Havilah Hawkins.: It’s hard to know where to start, since narrow escapes and near disasters have been a topic of discussion at the dinne...
The Influence of Captain Douglas & My Family: When contemplating the many influences in my life, it is hard to know where to start. I could start with my father, who...
Three Boats I Lust After (and Why), by Havilah Hawkins: A Creek Crawler I lust after a creek crawler, a powerboat that might resemble a small canal boat with a caboose recessed...