National 12 designs go back to the 1936 and there have been substaintial developments in hull shape, construction methods, materials and rig since then. Typically there has been a paradigm shift every decade or so. There are four main classifications in the fleet; double-bottomed, foilers, admiral's cuppers and vintage. There are often prizes for these different classifcations at the major events.Within these classifcations there are hundreds of designs. Some of these were particularly popular and are describe on the list below. You can read about all the N12 designs on the boat database.
Summary . . . Price
guide (£=400-1k, ££=1k-2k,
= Good for light weights, = Good for heavier crews
|2012||Hijack||Designed by Dave Hollom and manufactured by Composite Craft, launched mid 2012 and has showed good pace particularly in strong winds. The design won the Burton Cup in 2018
|2009||Dead Cat Bounce||Another innovative design from Jo
Richards which has proven itself at Burton week since 2009.
|2008||Paradigm2||A development of the experimental
Paradigm design by Gavin Willis. The Paradigm 2
has a more conventional rig but still sports a winged rudder and higher
side decks than standard.
|2003||Paradigm||An experimental design. The original
included flaps in the bow a aero-foiled foredeck for extra lift. It
also sports a winged rudder for better control.
third in the series which started with the Feeling Foolish. The Paradox
has maximum width decks from the shrouds to the transom providing the
helm and crew with maximum leverage when hiking
||Developed from the Feeling Foolish by Bim Daser. The
Numinous is a rounded very low drag design which is great in light
winds and surprisingly good in restricted waters.
Annie Apple has been designed to minimise drag (surface and wave
making) and maximise righting moment and lift. Designed by Dave
Greening & built by Nigel Waller.
|1998||Big Issue|| Designed
by Phil Morrison with high
speed off wind performance in mind. The hull design was influenced by
Phil's design work on International 14s.
Designed in 1995, this
design now shows its full potential on open waters and has outstanding
down wind performance in a blow.
Bim describes the Feeling Foolish to Yachts
|| A subtle "Vee" hull
provides increased speed on the transition to planing, it surfs well.
|1991|| Freak out
|| A modified Crusader with
better planing performance, and a drop-dead-gorgeous figure!
|1989||Designer soap dish|| The first "almost self
|| Blistering speed in a blow,
however its flat rocker and full sections make it hard to sail in light
|1987|| Design 8
|| A modified Crusader made in
"off-the-shelf" GRP. It performs successfully in all conditions
|1987|| Final Chapter
|| The Chapter has been
campaigned by heavier crews with great success. If you and your crew
are over 22 stone this could be the boat for you.
|| A fine all rounder with
good sea performance. It has a powerful hull with less rocker than its
|| A wide, powerful hull which
is at its best on the sea in a breeze. This is very fast on the plane
and is not for the faint hearted!
|1981|| Baggy II
|| A Baggy Trousers
development with even more speed! If that is possible!
|| Good all rounder with a
round bilge giving it an edge in light airs. Now superseded by the
|| Round bilged Tiger, another
good all rounder.
|1979||Punkarella||Punkarella was a one-off boat, which was ahead of its time and paved the way for the wide, fast designs|
|| The Street Legal has a
very wide hull which is v.
difficult in light winds, but watch it go in a force 4.
|| The Tiger is a modified Cheshire Cat with
flatter sections making it faster on the sea. In the right hands they
are still seen at the front of the fleet.
|| A "beamy" four plank
development that was produced in GRP and showed lots of promise in the
|| Bouncer was a pioneering wide and flat
design, still very fast on open water.
|| You will not be out-pointed
with this one. An easily driven hull with very fine bows makes it
excellent inland and to windward.
||This has an inverted garboard which reduces the wetted area and makes it fast in sub-planing conditions £|
|1973|| Cheshire Cat
|| The most successful design
of the 1970s. Now superseded on the sea, but still one of the best all
round inland boats.
|1972|| Paper Dart
|| Indestructible GRP
development of the China Doll (1967) and Whisper (1970). Many are still
doing well in the hands of club racers.
There have been many designs since 1936. Here is a quick summary of some of these clinker boats. Many of the descriptions and pictures come from Robin Steavenson's "History of the National 12s". As this area develops, you should be able to click on the design for more details and pictures. Wherever possible pictures have been credited to their sources. If anyone who has rights to any picture objects to its use here, please let us know, and we will remove it, or credit it more formally.
|1970||Whisper||Won the Nationals in 1970. Designer: Phil Morrison|
|1967||China Doll||Phil Morrison's first National 12. The last clinker boat was number 3009, a China Doll. Designer: Phil Morrison|
|1967||Mr Jones||Flaring out to a maximum beam of approx. 6'3" combined with a fine entry, narrow transom and relatively flat rocker, the design had a reputation for being difficult to sail, with the helm regularly being washed out the back on a fast plane by the stern wave!|
|1966||Mark XIIII||Proctor's last 12 design, a further development of the Mk12. Designer: Ian Proctor|
|1965||Lucky Number||Sharp bows, flat aft run, and flared out to maximum allowed beam of 5 ft 11½ in. Designer: Patrick Pym|
|1964||Mark XII||A cross between a Mk8 and a Mk11, with reduced waterline beam. Some were built without decking. Designer: Ian Proctor|
|1962||Mark XI & XIa||A shallower hull than earlier Proctor designs, with a more even keel rocker. Designer: Ian Proctor|
|1962||March Hare||An almost hard chine design with very sharp bilges. Very slim bows and very flat aft, giving a good planing platform, but also reduced wetted area when heeled in light winds. Designer: Mike Jackson|
|1962||Finesse||A powerful hull with high bilges, and with the mast & centreboard further aft than usual. Designer: David Mathias|
|1962||Sparklet||Similar to the Smuggler, but designed to reduce wetted area and improve light wind performance. Cost £190 at the 1962 Boat Show! Designer: Leslie Landamore|
|1961||Starfish||A wide dinghy with fine bows and a long, flat run aft Designer: Mike Noakes|
|1960||Mark X||Development of the Mk8, with slightly flatter sections and wider bilges. Designer: Ian Proctor|
|1959||Squid||Fine entry, flat floors and a fairly hard bilge, with less rocker than contemporary designs. Designer: Richard Rouse|
|1959||Smuggler||Fine entry, flat floors and a wide veed transom. Designer: Uffa Fox|
|1959||Mark IX||More rounded sections than the Mk8, making a more buoyant but less stable boat. An excellent light wind and river boat. Designer: Ian Proctor|
|1957||Mark VIII||Fine bowed, deep chested and with a straight, wide aft run.|
|1957||Mark VII||Never built. Designer: Ian Proctor|
|1954||Chimp||Chimp series had a more powerful hull than the contemporary Proctor designs Designer: Jack Holt|
|1956||Mark VI||Similar to the Mk2 below water, but more flared above to increase beam and sitting out power, good inland.|
|1954||Mark V||Designed to carry weight, more V sectioned with more rocker than the IVs. Good inland, but hairy in high winds.|
|1954||Sunrise||Finer entry & shoulders than the Sunshine.|
|1954||Mark IV & IVa||Finer bows to improve windward performance in waves, and wider with more flared topsides. Self bailers allowed the IVa to have a lower freeboard.|
|1953||Mark III||Flatter floors and more topside flare than the MK2.|
|1952||Daphne||Stable, flat floored boat, with wide spray deflecting gunwales.|
|1952||Mark II||More freeboard and a flatter aft run than the Mk1. The first three glued plywood clinker boats were Wyche & Coppock Mk2s, including N1153 owned by Robin Steavenson.|
|1951||Mark I||Narrow bows, fuller & flatter mid & aft sections, a good all round dinghy.|
|1950||Little John||Full bows, with a flat, wide rear run good for planing. Good on smooth water, slower in waves.|
|1947||Fillet||Experimental glued clinker boat using thin pine planking.|
|1947||Gnome||Designed for rivers, with a narrow U shape hull and lots of keel rocker.|
|1947||Morgan Giles||A wide, wedge shape dinghy, with a very wide transom.|
|1946||500 series||(Other Holt designs), Designed for the Thames, but a good all-rounder, with a wide transom.|
|1939||Sunshine||Wider, with less keel rocker, a narrow bow and flatter mid & rear sections, this design was still able to win the Burton Cup in 1952.|
|1938||Wrath||More stable, flatter floored & less V sectioned, more ready to plane.|
|1936||Uffa King||N1 (link to N1 page). The original, with a narrow V section hull. N1 is now in the ISCA Maritime Museum at Oulton Broad, Lowestoft.|