Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

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Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by Fergi » Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:23 pm

Looking for any info on Merlin Rocket no 508 also anything on Zenith Class no 46 in particular. I once owned both boats in the 1950s & 60s
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Re: Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by davidh » Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:04 pm

Fergie,

there's no shortage of info on the Zenith as a class, but specific boats is a much harder task.

It's a tad easier with Merlins, though 508 might be a bit of a long shot too...does it still exist?

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Re: Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by Ed » Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:34 pm

No known owner for MR508 in 1996 edition of Merlin Book

As I am sure you remember, 508 was a Jack Holt boat built around 1954.

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Re: Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by Garry R » Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:14 pm

Isn't Chris' Spriteful No 506? Jack Holt's first ply glued boat rather than ribbed?

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Re: Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by roger » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:20 am

Garry she is 507.
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Post by Garry R » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:39 am

Alzheimers!

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Post by nprice » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:43 am

Bless you :D
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Post by Garry R » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:14 am

Bless who?

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Re: Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by davidh » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:00 pm

This may not be much help, but then again, in research terms, it is a starting point.

In the mid 1980s, MR 508, 'Manka' was at Elie in Fife. I have an address if need be.

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Re: Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by chris » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:20 pm

yes ,spritefull is no 507 which was Jack Holt's first glue ply. I asked him about all the screws in the lands and he told me that he didn't have enough cramps and heating strips to cure the glue so he screwed it. presumably 508 would be his second glued hull, although I gather he built thenm in batches of ten.

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Re: Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by Fergi » Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:44 pm

Thanks a lot for the replies especially David H. Yes - M/R 508 was called "Manka" and the last I heard it was at Elie in Fife. I live in Lower Largo, Fife - the original home of this boat - and any address would be most helpful. Regarding Zenith No 46, I think I might have tracked it down in Fife, but how do I find out more about the class?
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Re: Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by davidh » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:54 pm

Fergi,

I'll get the details for you!

Sailing where you do.......any recall of one of your local GPs who also sails...Dr John Marston.

I helped him out back in the days when he was putting a brand new Marauder/Mirror 14 together. I even travelled up, crossed the border (yes Gary, I got a visa) and helped set up his new sails. What I'd forgotten was just how cold the water is up at Largo Bay.

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Re: Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by Fergi » Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:31 pm

David H
Yes-John Marston is still a member of our Club. I remember his Marauder well - it was varnished inside & out as I recall but did he not have one prior to that with a red hull?
Yes - the water is still cold in Largo Bay - check out our website at http://www.largobaysc.org.uk
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Re: Info wanted on Merlin Rocket no 508 & Zenith Class

Post by Tim Gatti » Mon May 12, 2008 4:37 pm

Presume you are referring to the Ian Proctor designed 'Zenith' - 14' 6" spinnaker + trapeze boat that came out about the same time as Jack Holt's Enterprise?? Hope so or the rest of this post will be irrelevant!!

My first boat was Zenith Z109 which I bought, renovated and sailed when I was based in Peterborough in the late 70's. I was a member of the Zenith Association up to about 1992 and sailed it regularly at Notts County SC where it was nicknamed ' the galleon'. I was working as an actor at the time and gave her the name 'Live Perfomance' - which she inevitably lived up to.

I do remember that apart from our East of England contingent (8 or 9 boats), there was also a keen fleet in Scotland

At that time Andrew and Teal Cunnington (and their father Bernard) were running the Association - don't know if they are still involved - don't even know if the association is still going. Could try Googling them - I believe the sons are still living in the Peterborough area.

I eventually sold Z109 to someone who sailed on the Severn when I moved up to Yorkshire in 1993 and haven't heard anything of her since. She was a beautiful boat.

I'll see if I still have any old paperwork which might mention the boat number you mention, but I think a lot of it was chucked out when we moved house some years ago.

Good luck tracking her down.

Tim

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