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Title: N3244 Why Can't You ...?
Post by: National 12 Webmaster on 21 Mar 2007, 05:01
The life of N3244 Why Can't You ...?   Design: Crusader, designed by: Phil Morrison in 1981 

 

YW Silver National Points Trophy & Burton Cup winning boat, Tynemouth 1985, Ian Pinnell crewed by Jeremy Hartley.
Title: Re: N3244 Why Can't You ...?
Post by: Stephen Merchant on 21 Mar 2007, 05:08
I currently own this boat and sail it at Whitefriars sailing Club. It is by far the nicest boat I have ever sailed and raced in, and is in immaculate condition for its age. Hope to get it to some ope meetings so I can show her off. I have attached a nice picture of her hull . . . . .
Title: Re: N3244 Why Can't You ...?
Post by: DavidW on 06 Apr 2007, 11:35
Hmmmm -  you might do well to try sailing a little bit flatter!!!!!!!!
Hope to see you at an open soon -  South Cerney in a couple of weeks?
Title: Re: N3244 Why Can't You ...?
Post by: scotyot (Guest) on 31 Aug 2008, 09:37
Prior to Mr Merchant's ownership, this beautiful and well-built boat was owned for many years by Iain Simpson who was a stalwart and very successful sailor out of Tynemouth SC (Hia son, Mark, is currently currently a top Northern N12 helm and sails at Scaling Dam). I'm just a jealous spectator in this matter as, when Mr Simpson snr put the boat up for sale, I was unable to raise/justify the then asking price. Sometimes I wish I had made the sacrifice!! 
A photo of this boat appears in the NTOA Handbook, taken when the boat was on display at the Dinghy Exhibition the year it was built. 
Title: Re: N3244 Why Can't You ...?
Post by: scotyot (Guest) on 31 Aug 2008, 09:40
Prior to Mr Merchant's ownership, this beautiful and well-built boat was owned for many years by Iain Simpson who was a stalwart and very successful sailor out of Tynemouth SC (His son, Mark, is currently currently a top Northern N12 helm and sails at Scaling Dam). I'm just a jealous spectator in this matter as, when Mr Simpson snr put the boat up for sale I was interested in buying her but I was unable to raise/justify the then asking price. Sometimes I wish I had made the sacrifice!! 
A photo of this boat appears in the NTOA Handbook, taken when the boat was on display at the Dinghy Exhibition the year it was built. 
Title: Re: N3244 Why Can't You ...?
Post by: scotyot (Guest) on 07 Oct 2008, 08:01
Your Crusader was 'commissioned' by Storrar and Bax sailmakers then of North Shields and built by Arnott Dobson a noted NE boat-builder responsible for a host of top quality Enterprises, Merlin Rockets and Flying Fifteens - Aln dinghies they were called as they were built in a workshop in Alnmouth. The boat was campaigned with obvious success by Storrar's promising young NE sailmaker Iain Pinnell (now of P & B fame). He and Alan Bax both campaigned 12's at the time. Rob Storrar now trading as Storrar Marine, Alan Bax and/or Iain Pinnell at P&B could fill in the detail. I do know, having visited them a few times, that Arnott Dobson in his later years whilst semi-retired, did a lot of his quality decking and craftwork on Enterprises and Flying Fifteens at the late Dave Ovington's workshop at Mariners Lane, Tynemouth where I think your boat was built. I believe that Mark Simpson's dad, Ian, bought the boat from Storrars once they went on to produce the Crusader 'successor', the Design 8. Hope this fills the gap?
Title: Re: N3244 Why Can't You ...?
Post by: Crusader 3244 on 03 Nov 2008, 11:25
Thanks Scotyot for sketching some missing history. 3244 came my way on 31st August 2008 and has proven to be an excellent introduction to N12s. Knowing very little about them 12s were not on my shortlist but I chanced upon one that fed my interest and an exploration of the association webpages, forum and database was definately the persuading factor. Ownership has surpassed all my expectations. 3244 is based at Redesmere SC.
In 2008 3244 attended Olton Mere, Trent Valley, Ripon and Yeadon.
Title: Re: N3244 Why Can't You ...?
Post by: Gareth Brown on 07 Nov 2021, 08:55
N3244 has been in my ownership since buying it from Crusader3244 in August 2019. As a newcomer to sailing, I have been sailing at Carsington Water and steadily improving in the club mixed fleet races.
Unfortunately, Lockdown meant that the boat spent the winter at the club, and the decks had suffered from some lifting varnish. This has been remedied with a strip down to the bare wood and a revarnish, which has left her looking beautiful.
The recent acquisition of a newer N12, means that she will soon be seeking a new owner, who I hope will enjoy her as much as I have!
Title: Re: N3244 Why Can't You ...?
Post by: Paul Moxey on 29 Mar 2022, 06:46
We have just become the proud new owners of Why Can't You...? Does anyone know why she has this name? We will keep her at Keyhaven on the Western Solent but I hope also to get to some of the National 12 meetings.  Any other National 12s welcome to visit. moxeypp@gmail.com