The National 125 is a 12.5 foot (3.83 m) two person intermediate sailing dinghy complete with spinnaker and trapeze, a boat for everyone. It has a design that appeals to the person wanting a piece of the sailing action without going overboard on costs.
Designed for easy owner building in stitch and glue, the 125 is a handyman’s dream. For those with less time, a fibreglass hull is available, creating an excellent low maintenance craft. Second-hand boats are readily available and with a bit of attention can provide two people entry to sailing for less than $1000. Weighing in at around 50 kg, the National 125 is the ideal craft for family sailing and family involvement.
In WA National 125s are sailed at Nedlands Yacht Club, South of Perth Yacht Club, East Fremantle Yacht Club, Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, Geraldton Yacht Club and Esperance Bay Yacht Club. There are strong National 125 Associations in WA, SA, VIC, NSW and QLD. Currently there are about 600 members throughout Australia. Also there are National 125s sailing in S.E. Asia and New Zealand. Racing is generally dominated by teenage skipper-crew combinations, though it is not uncommon to find sailors anywhere between 8 and 60 having a ball in their National 125.