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Boats / Re: N3370 Imogen
« on: June 18, 2020, 12:42:52 PM »
I came across Imogen in the boat park at our sailing club in August 2016. Even in a wrecked state she was a charismatic boat and she inspired me to find myself a 12. I enquired with Gerry Ledger about repair costs. Sadly he felt she was too far gone.

I believe her sails were sold independently, a few weeks after the Ebay listing so it would seem highly likely she will never sail again.

Boats / Re: N3245 Otterzell
« on: June 17, 2020, 11:24:37 PM »
Over the last few years we have attended to the starboard gunwale damage that was present when we bought her. She's had fresh varnish, lines, and toestraps. I have also built a new 'all in one' acrylic transom flap held in place with the rudder hardware.

She has very pretty lines, and is now catching the eye of sailors on the Blackwater estuary, since we moved to NE Essex from Wiltshire.

Boats / Re: N3245 Otterzell
« on: March 25, 2017, 10:10:26 PM »
Purchased by Gavin & Emma Print, from Crawford Johnstone at Castle Temple SC, July 2016. On our drive back down the country we enjoyed a couple of days sailing at Carsington Water. She now resides at Bowmoor SC in the summer, and a nice warm garage in Devizes during the colder months.

Thank you everyone for your suggestions. We're both looking forward to getting out on the water in a 12. John -

John - I will get in touch if I can juggle our diary to make 12 Fest a possibility. Alan - you have email!

Every time I watch a video of 12 sailing in a breeze the thrills and spills are very apparent! Fortunately my wife is a gymnast weighing 7.5 stone so hopefully we'll be able to stay on top of the nose diving.

That's part of the attraction for me - an opportunity to improve my sailing and boat handling. A demanding boat is more satisfying when you get comfortable handling it. The satisfaction of owning and fettling a pretty boat is also appealing.

12 Fest sounds like a good idea. Will it be a problem to show up without a boat?

This is my first post, although I have been spent plenty of time lurking on the website learning about 12s over the last month! I have to say I am impressed with how useful the website and particularly the boat database is.

My wife and I now have some time to dedicate to dinghy sailing and a 12 fits the bill I think.  We weigh 19 stone together; I have some experience whilst she is an energetic and enthusiastic novice.

I love the lines of the 1980s to late 1990s era National 12s, and hopefully it will help me scratch my wooden boat itch! A boat with built in buoyancy tanks would be great. That said I could also be tempted by a later foam sandwich boat with a wood deck.

We live in Wiltshire so local sailing will be on lakes, but we also plan to sail estuaries and protected coastal waters from time to time. An all rounder like a Crusader 88 or similar would be great.

Does anyone know of a suitable boat in good condition that might be available?

Were there many GRP boats built with wood decks?

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