Merlin Rocket 2112 History

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Merlin Rocket 2112 History

Post by G.Brady » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:56 pm

Merlin Rocket 2112.

I have just purchased a beautiful Merlin Rocket, sail number 2112. The previous owner told me that the boat was built in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland in 1967. Anyone out there with any information?
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Re: Merlin Rocket 2112 History

Post by jpa_wfsc » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:39 pm

Maybe the owners association can help... http://www.merlinrocket.co.uk/#
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Re: Merlin Rocket 2112 History

Post by Bill-Conner » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:46 pm

THe Merlin Rocket Year Book shows your boat to have been built in 1968 by Chippendale Boats in Fareham Hampshire she is a Proctor mk 9b. I am pretty certain about the date as 2062 was certainle an early 1968 boat! I am unaware of any Irish Merlin Rocket activity at the time, although Jackie O'reilly and Bill Pigott from the IDRA 14 class did sail as guests at the 1969 Championships!

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Re: Merlin Rocket 2112 History

Post by G.Brady » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:46 am

Thank you for that useful information. The previous owner had the boat for 4 years and never rigged it. She has no idea how the Kicker is rigged. It is an older style of mechanism with a metal triangular plate attached to the wires.... it has three points of attachment.... one to the mast, one to the boom, but I can't figure out where the third attachment goes. At thoughts on that would be also greatly appreciated.

I have contacted the MR Assoc.

Very many thanks.

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Re: Merlin Rocket 2112 History

Post by Ed » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:17 am

Would also make contact with the Merlin Rocket Revival Fleet on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/merlinrocketrevival/ if you have not already.

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Re: Merlin Rocket 2112 History

Post by SoggyBadger » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:20 am

It sounds like you've got a kicker lever there, perhaps a home-made one.
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Re: Merlin Rocket 2112 History

Post by Mikey » Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:22 pm

2112 "Decision" is certainly a 9b built for T D Nisbet a well known Merlin helm at Hamble River SC and Ranalagh. She won the SMYC Sussex Flagon Silver Tiller event in 1968.

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Re: Merlin Rocket 2112 History

Post by mph1977 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:51 am

SoggyBadger wrote:It sounds like you've got a kicker lever there, perhaps a home-made one.
quite probably ... they are deeply untrendy at present so can't easily find a picture to link ...

they've been deeply un trendy for 25 - 30 years ? in the early 90s it was all 16 :1 cascades for a lot of classes that permitted a relataviely free choice of kicker rigging

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