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by Mikey
Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Merlin 1443 with red sails
Replies: 4
Views: 3253

Re: Merlin 1443 with red sails

This Merlin is consistantly listed as a Proctor Mk. XII in my year books. Certanly very unusual to see red sails - maker?

Mike Liggett
by Mikey
Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: National 12 Deck stepped mast
Replies: 14
Views: 5882

Re: National 12 Deck stepped mast

Sorry, it is a hog stepped ali mast for N12 low aspect ratio rig. Brand new unused - still available - no standing or running rigging - free to good N12!
by Mikey
Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Merlin Rocket, Sail number 1390 - Does anyone remember her?
Replies: 6
Views: 3542

Re: Merlin Rocket, Sail number 1390 - Does anyone remember h

The Mk. XII was designed by Ian Procter essentially for inland water sailing. It was not as powerful as the Mk.XI and had more rounded bilges to give less wetted area. It was a quick tacking boat and this design won the "light weather" champs in 1964. The design has seen a revival with vintage Merli...
by Mikey
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Is this an Uffa King?
Replies: 3
Views: 2219

Re: Is this an Uffa King?

Definitely not an Uffa King - the transom is too flared out - probably too few planks and the overall beam looks too great.
As Chris says - cannot see enough of boat.

Mike Liggett
by Mikey
Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: N12 suit of sails
Replies: 1
Views: 1048

Re: N12 suit of sails

Now sold!
by Mikey
Sun Mar 25, 2012 2:11 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Sail proofing
Replies: 5
Views: 2290

Sail proofing

I have an old but perfectly serviceable Dacron mainsail, however it has lost its crispsness and no longer "sheds" water. I was considering applying canvas waterproofing solution as I am sure it would take this up. Has anybody else tried this or does anybody have any other suggestions to make my sail...
by Mikey
Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: N12 suit of sails
Replies: 1
Views: 1048

N12 suit of sails

Very good suit (main & jib) of Dacron Alverbank sails ex. N 3252 including battens and bag. £50. Located Cambridgeshire.

Mike Liggett (01487 843919)
by Mikey
Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: merlin rocket free for a good home
Replies: 11
Views: 2743

Re: merlin rocket free for a good home

Prospective owners need to check with Martin as advertised as 408 "Sprig of Shillelagh" a Holt Riant on MORA site. Sprig was owned by Pat Blake and won the Vintage Wing in 1997, 2002, 2003 & 2004. I do not think it is 207!

Mike Liggett.
by Mikey
Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:47 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Old books
Replies: 36
Views: 9016

Re: Old books

Just reading - Austin 'Clarence' Farrar, An Eye for Innovation by David Chivers and published by Bosun Press. Tells the life of this remarkable dinghy & yacht designer (esp. Int 14) ,sailing experimenter & sailmaker (Seahorse sails) from pre-war to the 90's when he finally retired.
by Mikey
Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:30 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: classic merlin
Replies: 10
Views: 1966

Re: classic merlin

Sorry Nessa, just had proper look at close up of foredeck and clearly need a good pair of specs. - it is a metal plate! However I say in my defence the foredeck spinnaker container was common on Merlins of this vintage.

Mike.
by Mikey
Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: classic merlin
Replies: 10
Views: 1966

Re: classic merlin

Nessa - it is a hole in foredeck with rope basket to hold spinnaker. These were the days when it was flown inside the forestay.

Mike Liggett.
by Mikey
Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Two Merlin projects available
Replies: 2
Views: 1094

Re: Two Merlin projects available

788 was at Ranelagh SC at one time and is in fact the original "Premiere". "Pass in Wind" is a new name.

Mike Liggett.
by Mikey
Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:02 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Period Merlin Rocket Rig sought for Museum display
Replies: 2
Views: 2063

Re: Period Merlin Rocket Rig sought for Museum display

Lots of early photos of Merlins on the Ranelagh SC website.
by Mikey
Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Jollyboat wanted
Replies: 14
Views: 4865

Re: Jollyboat wanted

Very doubtful if Chris "Rocket" was one - all Rockets had narrow Nat 12 style sidedecks and not a swivelling mast. The description is definitely a Merlin.

Mike Liggett
by Mikey
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: FLYING FIFTEEN
Replies: 5
Views: 2475

Re: FLYING FIFTEEN

Your nearest club with a large fleet of 15's is Grafham Water. Middle Nene SC at Thrapston also has a fleet of 15's many of which are classic.