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by Mikey
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Merlin 235
Replies: 3
Views: 3364

Re: Merlin 235

Squirrel has now gone to a new home and will be back on the Thames at Tamesis.
by Mikey
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Merlin 235
Replies: 3
Views: 3364

Merlin 235

A new owner is sought for "Squirrel", the oldest Holt 'Riant' design sailing. She is a regular competitor on the vintage Merlin DeMay circuit and has won a number of these events over the years (I have owned her since 1997). "Squirrel" is varnished inside and out and has the full rolled side decks a...
by Mikey
Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Restoration of a flying fifteen
Replies: 7
Views: 6223

Re: Restoration of a flying fifteen

Kevin Driver, The Boatyard at Beer, Higher Meadows, Beer, Devon EX12 3HB. Phone : 01297 23434. Kevin may well be worth a bell had beautifully turned out Salcombe Yaul at Dinghy Show. Has built some very nice Merlins amongst other dinghies.

Mike Liggett
by Mikey
Fri May 13, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Merlin, tacking the top batten
Replies: 14
Views: 8465

Re: Merlin, tacking the top batten

As previous posters have said a good roll tack is essential and you could try a softer batten. You need to be very careful when attempting to update an old rig as usually the sail is not cut to suit an early Procter rig. You cannot expect a sail that was perhaps cut for example for an M7 to set well...
by Mikey
Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Please help me choose a dinghy cover?
Replies: 19
Views: 17112

Re: Please help me choose a dinghy cover?

Really good strong canvas cover (blue) with good skirt, Dutch lacing from mast to stem, Velcro at shrouds and under-boat straps with quick release buckles and draw string round hull. Only problem were about 10 days late on original delivery date but did not matter as ordered over winter and boat was...
by Mikey
Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Please help me choose a dinghy cover?
Replies: 19
Views: 17112

Re: Please help me choose a dinghy cover?

As Neil says you need firstly to decide if you want PVC or breathable (usually canvas but other more exotic materials available). Certainly if hull is wood would recommend breathable, well worth the extra. Have recently used Goldfinch Covers of Whitstable for breathable cover for a Merlin. They have...
by Mikey
Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: On ebay
Replies: 3
Views: 3060

Re: On ebay

Garry - pop your specs. on - see that metal plate - a 12. The Merlin with that number is a Hoare boat not a W&C.
Mike.
by Mikey
Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: ebay
Replies: 2
Views: 2488

Re: ebay

This is definitely a 12 - the metal plate gives this away and M/R 1776 is a Bob Hoare Mk.9 and this has a W & C name plate.
by Mikey
Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Bleaching wooden hull
Replies: 13
Views: 8207

Re: Bleaching wooden hull

Like Chris, I have used Oxalic acid many times with great success. Remember to wash treated area, when bleached, with water to remove residual acid.
by Mikey
Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Merlin Rocket Wanted
Replies: 7
Views: 4946

Re: Merlin Rocket Wanted

Well, 2967 is not a Smokers she is a Hooligan built by Keith Probert circa. 1975. She was designed for the lightweights as opposed to the Smokers which was aimed at the other end of the market. I owned a Hooligan some years ago (2941) - nice boat but very slow tacking. Would not recommend for inland...
by Mikey
Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Merlin Rocket Wanted
Replies: 7
Views: 4946

Re: Merlin Rocket Wanted

Oh no! Not "Riot".
by Mikey
Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Under cover
Replies: 1
Views: 2188

Re: Under cover

Undercover obtained!
by Mikey
Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:02 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Under cover
Replies: 1
Views: 2188

Under cover

Undercover wanted for Merlin Proctor 9b. Beam 5foot 8inches.

Mike Liggett
by Mikey
Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Mast fitting removal..
Replies: 4
Views: 2882

Re: Mast fitting removal..

Almost certainly parts of Dangly Pole set-up. I would keep fitting above goose neck as can be used for jib stick if dangly pole is not set up.
by Mikey
Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: What is it?
Replies: 16
Views: 7796

Re: What is it?

It is definitely a RF - I sail in one frequently. The red horizontal stripe above the logo is also typical.

Mike.