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Was advertised as Sorensen Hull.    Well...Maybe it is???,.........Maybe it isn't.


The EC12 in Victoria is a rare species indeed. And, as far as I know, my EC12 is the only living example of this breed in Victoria, Australia. (As at 08 January 2006 that is). I had to go to Sydney to get my boat. Why on earth would I have done that? Well..... read on.

I love my EC12. But by God, she is a challenging woman! No boring boat to sail is this one. But............... if you can sail an EC12, you can sail anything!

When the environmentalists kick up a stink about council's poisoning rivers, lakes, dams, streams, etc to kill weed, unwanted for many reasons, the generally accepted thing seems to be, don't touch the water. There are both good and bad aspects to this.

The good is that the environment is not being poisoned.

The bad is that weed infected bodies of water make it hard to sail a boat in. Or at least most boats.

You know where I am going here........ right?

The EC12 is probably one of the boats least affected by weed in waterways, due to the shape of its hull and keel.. There are no forward facing projections anywhere on the hull/keel that will cause anything to catch and attach, thereby preventing sailing of the boat to some degree. The other main bonus is that although the EC12 is a big boat, you can sail it in just twelve, (yes 12), inches, (305 mm),  of water. This means that when drought strikes and waterways start drying up, the EC12 will still be able to keep sailing when the other boats have long run aground. And because it's a big boat, it will be able to handle wind conditions that the smaller ones simply cannot.

Why did I go to Sydney to get my boat?

You thought I had forgotten that I asked the question, didn't you!

Well, there were none in Victoria as far as I knew then. That was early in 2005. Or even know now. But I wanted an EC12. I wanted a boat that met the criteria that has been mentioned above. One became available, but guess where it was. You got it.... It was in Sydney. There were postage/delivery problems so in the end I decided to play postman myself and drove up there to pick it up. That was not a lot of fun. And the boat was advertised as a Sorensen hull, but was actually a Roy Silks hull (No 017). Not real excited about that, but hey...... what the heck. After eight hours driving maybe the mind don't doesn't work too good well. But nevertheless, the boat is fine. Leaks like a sieve though. And I was volunteered the information that it was a dry boat!! Sydney people think differently I guess. But I am working on rectifying some of the imperfections I have discovered and have overcome most of the problems associated with this particular boat, (faulty rudder servo mounting board, main winch/battery mounting board pulling loose from its mountings in it's second sail, water leaking in through previously effected repairs to the lower hull), etc. But lest you think it's been a pain, think again. One cannot beat the combination of a big boat that can also sail in shallow and weed problem waters. That last sentence summarizes the absolutely outstanding characteristics of the EC12. And it is nowhere near as heavy as an "A" Class boat either.

A big boat that can sail in shallow waters and is least affected by weed of all the classes currently recognised by the ARYA (Australian Radio Yachting Association). ARYA is the national body governing what happens in the competitive world of model yachting.

Thank you for listening......

PS: Lest you think this is bad, please reconsider. As I said earlier, I love my EC12. I believe the EC12 is the way to go. We can do it! I know of no other boat that tests sailing skills, and can sail in such a variety of conditions as the EC12. To me, this boat provides huge and ongoing challenges and satisfaction to its owners. A hobby/sport, I believe, needs to be enjoyable, but still have its challenging aspects. Sailing an EC12 does I believe, do just that!

As of 18 July the ARYA have made available for comment and ballot a revised set of Australian Class Rating Rules for the EC12. Looks like there is a good chance these rules will be  it.

Latest news is that the results of this ballot that closed at 5.00 pm on the 31st July, is that the proposals for the adoption of a new Australian EC12 Class rule were defeated. The ARYA has nowhere to go now. Unless there was something wrong with the submission process associated with developing the new rules, it seems to me the ARYA has done all it can. And so we end up now where we started, using the de-facto rules that were issued some twenty-seven or so years ago.

But it is by the grace of the international competitors, and the spirit of friendly competition, that keeps this class alive, not only in Australia, but overseas as well. Maybe that's what makes this class, the class of gentlemen, when gentlemen were gentlemen, and played by rules of sportsmanship instead of law.



And just to declare my interest, if it's not already obvious and evident, I advise that I am the owner of an EC12. I believe an original one. Details are that it is a "Roy Silks" Hull, Number 017. Actually, if someone other than the official ARYA historian has any info on this hull, I would dearly love to be made aware of more details. This boat was apparently never registered, which kind of makes it even harder to determine its real history.

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