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by nprice
Tue Nov 27, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Vintage Merlin Diabolo
Replies: 31
Views: 7202

There is a picture at http://www.nickprice.org.uk/diabolo1007b.jpg I have only sailed it once in a good wind on November 10th and managed to get into a death roll and capsize! I was paying too much attention to the kicker tension to try and get the batten to flick over and not enough to sailing, so ...
by nprice
Tue Nov 27, 2007 3:08 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Vintage Merlin Diabolo
Replies: 31
Views: 7202

Thanks Garry. I've spoken to Mike who was a member of Ranelagh in the distant past. I believe he started his sailmaking on the Club floor! Have to see how I get on with the rig now. Lined up a small spinnaker and short pole so should get there eventually.
by nprice
Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:54 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Vintage Merlin Diabolo
Replies: 31
Views: 7202

Ouch! No I didn't see that. Where would I find it?
Thanks.
by nprice
Mon Nov 26, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Vintage Merlin Diabolo
Replies: 31
Views: 7202

I did speak this afternoon to Laurie Smart who said he could scarf the mast if he can get a bit of Spruce. The boat already has lowers on the ali mast. Early boats had diamonds but if spreaders were fitted would they be necessary? The mast luff slot would end quite high up the mast but should be fix...
by nprice
Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Vintage Merlin Diabolo
Replies: 31
Views: 7202

I've found a wooden boom and mast from a Solo. The mast is about a foot shorter than the ali deck stepped mast on the boat now. Would it be an option to get a bit scarfed on to the bottom? Has anyone tried this?
by nprice
Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Vintage Merlin Diabolo
Replies: 31
Views: 7202

Diabolo

Thanks to you both. Mike Stephens was seeing someone this morning at Tamesis about getting cotton sails made. I will also post a message on the Merlin forum.
by nprice
Sun Nov 25, 2007 10:39 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Vintage Merlin Diabolo
Replies: 31
Views: 7202

Diabolo

Gary,
Were the halyards internal or external on the early wooden masts?
Thanks,
by nprice
Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Vintage Merlin Diabolo
Replies: 31
Views: 7202

Diabolo

Thanks Gary,
Just spoke to Mike who did have two but sold one and is keeping the other for Flinkidink. He may also have a lead on cotton sails.
by nprice
Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Vintage Merlin Diabolo
Replies: 31
Views: 7202

Vintage Merlin Diabolo

I am very happy to have recently purchased Merlin 214 which is in excellent condition. It has been fitted with a deck stepped aluminium mast (+boom) and has dacron sails also in very good condition. As an historic boat which won the Merlin National Championships in 1953 should I be looking to find a...
by nprice
Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Vintage 12 Photos at Ranelagh
Replies: 0
Views: 1365

Just posted some old N12 photos, dated from the early 60's. We have an open meeting this coming Sunday, 21st January and any old 12's would be most welcome. Start at 14.30, very high tide so park away from the hard if you're coming! Club will be open from 12.30 with free tea and biscuits. Food and b...
by nprice
Thu May 18, 2006 7:03 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: A tale of two classes
Replies: 25
Views: 7623

Very interesting and I suspect it applies to many clubs as well. If people don't put something back into their sport, it's a fine line between success and failure.
by nprice
Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:32 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Sailed Today
Replies: 9
Views: 3290

Had a good sail Tuesday. Snow came down the river like a fog bank!

http://www.nickprice.org.uk/solo.htm
by nprice
Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:45 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Tideway 12 For Sale
Replies: 21
Views: 10449

Happily this member has now paid his dues and the boat will not have to be sold! Still don't know what it is though............
by nprice
Thu Nov 24, 2005 6:04 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Tideway 12 For Sale
Replies: 21
Views: 10449

I've emailed Waldringfield to see if they can shed some light because I can only see a reference to 14ft Dragonflys (ies)
Thanks,
by nprice
Thu Nov 24, 2005 5:09 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Tideway 12 For Sale
Replies: 21
Views: 10449

Well, the good people at Jeckells Sails suggest it is a "Dragonfly" made around 1966. Anyone have any experience with these?