How would you like to buy yours? There is nothing more exciting than getting a new boat, particularly a National Twelve since you are free to choose the design, builder, rig, fittings and most importantly colour. You can even design and build one yourself. So where to start . . .
The class is very different from the 'manufacturer' one design classes, as there are a number of suppliers of every component of a new boat. and a result there are numerous different routes that you can take to buy a Twelve. If you are on a tight budget you can save money by doing some of the work yourself.
Explore the options available to you below.
Simply contact one of the suppliers of complete 'ready to race’ Twelves, choose the design and colour and away you go. Most of the National 12 builders will provide more than just a hull, typically being able to supply and mount the fittings.
Companies such as Pinnell & Bax can provide a full service including; sails, trailer and covers. The Dead Cat Bounced is provided in this form. This option will currently cost somewhere from £10,000 upwards depending on specification.
The full list of builders is here
This enables you to mix and match the design, hull material, rig, sails & foils to get the exact specification you want. Although this process is more complicated it does enable you to tailor your Twelve to your own preferences. This can also be simplified by the same company doing more than one of the stages. In this example 5 suppliers were used: Builder: Brett Dingwall, Rig: Angel, Sails & fittings: Alverbanks, Covers & Rudder: P&B, Centreboard: Starboard
This can save significant amounts of money and will provide lots of satisfaction in your new boat – all you need is some spare time and a garage.
You can get involved in any of the stages. The most common and easiest is to buy and mount the fittings to the hull, this ensures you get the exact layout desired, and saves the significant labour cost if paying somebody to do this work for you. Attaching fittings can take between 2 and 5 days depending on complexity.
There are plenty of examples of successful home-built boats. The National Twelve class is full of people who have sailed in the class for many years, and there is always somebody willing to give advice. Most of the designers will be happy to provide plans and there are a number of hull moulds already made which owners or builders are often happy to loan. Do not be afraid to ask for help, take photos of other people's boats or ideas, or generally learn from mistakes already made by somebody other than yourself! The class association also has a really handy building guide you can download