National 12

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Title: N2492 Whisper 7
Post by: ntoa on May 24, 2008, 03:30:20 PM
The life of N2492 Whisper 7. Design: Whisper 7, designed by: Phil Morrison in 1970

Original boat name: Whisper.



Whisper, YW Silver National Points Trophy &Burton Cup winning boat, Llandudno1970,Phil Morrison.
Title: Re: N2492 Whisper 7
Post by: paul turner on August 20, 2012, 02:47:14 PM
I collected N2492 yesterday from a field just north of Worcester; many years under a tarpaulin has left her as a long term restoration project. She is now safely tucked away in a barn at the farm between Smuggler (now restored) and Mr Jones (in progress) awaiting her turn in the workshop but you are talking 2013 earliest. Photos will follow. :'(
Title: Re: N2492 Whisper 7
Post by: grazz on October 21, 2012, 07:48:46 PM
Following my post of 20th August, the two photos show Whisper about to be stacked away in a barn roof to dry out over the winter for restoration to start next year. You will see from the photos that she is in a very poor condition. A number of scarf joints in the planking are coming apart, all the fore deck joints are loose and the decking can virtually be lifted off. The rear buoyancy tank is also coming apart and the transom has rotted around the hog and there are gaps between it and the planking. Sadly this famous boat is close to being firewood but we will see what we can do!
Title: Re: N2492 Whisper 7
Post by: grazz on October 13, 2014, 07:51:44 PM
More photos from Paul Turner
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Post by: grazz on October 13, 2014, 07:52:01 PM
And a final photo
Title: Re: N2492 Whisper 7
Post by: grazz on January 11, 2015, 07:52:34 PM
More photos pre-renovation
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Post by: grazz on January 11, 2015, 07:52:52 PM
And another
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Post by: grazz on February 09, 2015, 07:51:38 PM
Photos from Phil Morrison
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Post by: grazz on June 23, 2015, 09:13:17 PM
Update from Gerry Ledger
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Post by: grazz on June 23, 2015, 09:13:44 PM
One more update
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Post by: grazz on June 23, 2015, 09:18:32 PM
in the final stages of restoration
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Post by: grazz on June 23, 2015, 09:18:52 PM
And the finished article in 2015
Title: Re: N2492 Whisper 7
Post by: grazz on June 23, 2015, 09:19:44 PM
One more to show off the varnish
Title: Re: N2492 Whisper 7
Post by: grazz on July 23, 2019, 10:11:27 PM
I purchased the boat in the mid-late 90's I think around 96-97 from someone in Basingstoke as I wanted to learn to sail and was looking for a first boat. Needless to say I didn't have a clue what a National 12 was but the owner told me that he used it to teach people to sail in ( I don't think this was true but he could obviously tell I knew nothing about boats) and so I naturally thought it would be suitable and bought it. Once I realised what I'd bought I then looked up clubs that sailed 12's and ended up joining Henley Sailing Club.  I never really sailed the boat much as it wasn't really the boat for a novice and I always struggled to find a crew and so sold the boat on.

Over the next few years it passed through the hands of a couple of other HSC members but it never really got sailed much as it always leaked like a sieve, one assumes because it was originally glue together with Aerolite which was failing. Eventually the boat ended with someone who moved abroad and N2492 was abandoned in the dinghy park for a few years. Being aware of it's place in N12 development,  in around 2006 I suggested to the club committee that it should be advertised on the N12 website to see if someone would save it.  From memory no interest was shown in the boat, however after some while it was collected by Phil Pope from Severn Sailboats for a donation of 35 to club funds. I believe Phil's plan was to restore the boat and campaign her himself, though I'm guessing this never happened but it would explain how she ended up as a wreck in the Worcester area.


Attached is a photos I took of the in the Henley boat in 2006 prior to her collection by Phil Pope, as I recall the sails were by Alverbank and were in better condition than the rest of the boat!


Richard Coates