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Originally posted by tink

Instead of focusing on how light their boat is or what’s made of carbon it should be twenty year old boats are still competitive and you can pick one up for £XXX and with a bit of graft you will have a decent boat.

The N12 Class Association has been working hard on this over the past few months. 

1) We've worked alongside a boat builder to make a retro-fit adjustment system for T-Foil rudders and can sell as a complete package. Some of the older boats (1996 onwards) in the right hands can now give the new boats a run for their money in all conditions.

2) We've been searching for boats and contacting members who haven't sailed recently to dig their boats out of garages and onto the market so new members can begin their N12 journey. A 19 year old Feeling Foolish design sold within 8 hours of the advert being posted online. 

The above alongside a friendly and helpful class are helping to increase the numbers of competitive sailors when a new boat could initially be out of reach......
3513, 3551 - National 12
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Really should get out more
Really should get out more

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Post Options Post Options   Quote tink Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jul 20 at 11:23am
Originally posted by andy h

Tink, I agree with much of your post, but not where you pick on carbon.  There are some applications, particularly spars, where carbon could be cheaper than traditional alternatives, engineered to provide no performance advantage and offer equal or better longevity.  A regular review of any classes rules can allow sympathetic, evolutionary change without making 80% of boats built obsolete overnight.

My beef with carbon is specific and have already bleated on enough about it in the past so won’t repeat. Carbon is fantastic, but it’s introduction into an established class has to be done with care and yes there have been many classes that have done this. 
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