Merlin Rocket 1028

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sam mason
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Merlin Rocket 1028

Post by sam mason » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:40 pm

Start worrying people I have been given the vast majority of Merlin Rocket 1028
.Now its not often I admit to not knowing stuff but I have no idea about Merlins. Apart from the RYA is there a source where I could find out who built it and confirm my assumption that it is a Proctor 1X ? In the past the RYA have been useless in tracking down old boats with the standard "We have no record" being the usual response so it would be nice to make contact with someone who is actually interested.
Do we know if there are any rig plans or measurements relating to this design?
I have tried the MROA web site but to no avail meaning I cant find what I want although it may be there somewhere
Any help welcomed before I start spending!
Sam

Spiderman
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Re: Merlin Rocket 1028

Post by Spiderman » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:15 am

Hi Sam,
According to the Merlin Rocket Yearbook 1028 is Proctor mk 12 called "Arthur" which was built by Wyche and Coppock in 1960. Another example is 2040 which has been beautifully restored by Laurie Smart and appears regularly on the Thames circuit gaining good results, but it has been "carbonised" with a modern rig and sails.
Hope this helps.

Best Regards

Ian

sam mason
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Re: Merlin Rocket 1028

Post by sam mason » Mon Sep 04, 2017 12:52 pm

Thanks for that Ian. It is in remarkable condition all things considered and has been in dry storage for about 10 years. I hope to have it done for next year when ,with any luck, I should be out and about again
Sam

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Re: Merlin Rocket 1028

Post by Mikey » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:48 pm

The original name was Crossbow and she was based at Banbury SC. The 12 was a very popular design in the 60's and designed by Ian Procter specifically for inland waters with a low wetted area and quick tacking. Design won the Silver Tiller a number of times.

Mike Liggett.

chris
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Re: Merlin Rocket 1028

Post by chris » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:30 am

1066 often sails at vintage events and is in completely original condition still - fittings, rig , sails etc. And that includes flying the spinny inside the forestay which was the rule then. It is a MK 12 too and does very well. In fact it would have known 1028 well as it is also a Banbury boat. I'm sure Tim B could help with any info on boat details.

sam mason
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Re: Merlin Rocket 1028

Post by sam mason » Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:57 pm

Cor,
This certainly knocks "We have no record" (RYA) into a cocked hat. I have sailed against 1066 a couple of times and will be quite pleased if I can get "Arthur/Crossbow" out in as nice condition
I picked the boat up from Banbury last Sunday but I am led to believe it had been sailed on the Thames and put into storage in Banbury about 10 years ago Most of the original fittings are in a box and most of the varnish was on the shed floor! It even has the original Avon type brass self bailers which don't seem to have been used and wont be so if anyone wants a pair... I foresee a bad back from varnish scraping and a redeck hopefully we SHOULD be on the water next season but the Albacore stays as well
Sam

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Re: Merlin Rocket 1028

Post by chris » Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:42 pm

c.1994 it Belonged to someone in Oxford and sailed at Medley SC. I can't find my 1975 yearbook which would tell who had it earlier.

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