The US12 class is a beautiful full keel, spoon bow yacht of the old America’s Cup 12 meter design. She is 46 inches in length with a 16 pound minimum weight, carries a rig of 714 sq. inches of sail area, with a 55 inch hoist. Her “B” rig is 600 sq. inches. She is a great sailing yacht, goes to weather with neutral helm and will track the length of the pond seeking out the wind, and handles wind of 15 knots well before the need to use the “B” rig.
Members of two clubs in Florida, Deep Creek MYC on the west coast and South Daytona RCMYC on the east coast initiated the development of the class. Their desire was to have a one design boat with classic lines that is easily transportable, light weight for easy launching and has exceptional performance. Both of the clubs currently have active US12 racing fleets and have held intra-club regattas. We hope to see more fleets joining our class from all regions of the country
As interest grew, Herb Harris and Don Hawes, commenced manufacturing hulls and kits. They offer everything from a bare hull to a complete kit which provides all of the components, except for electronics and glue, to assemble a ready to race boat. The kit contains a gel coated, hand laid fiberglass hull, lead ingot ballast, wooden deck and deck beams, flush access hatches, rudder, mast and booms, one piece panel sails, rigging materials, fittings, removable electronics board and complete assembly instructions. The rules and specifications were written to attain a one design class, however, flexibility is allowed in sail material and construction ( single panel vs. multi paneled ), mast and boom materials, deck layouts and fittings, internal electronics components and rigging materials and configuration.
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