Merlin Mk12 'Wozzo' available for an RNLI donation

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Mr. Ben
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Merlin Mk12 'Wozzo' available for an RNLI donation

Post by Mr. Ben » Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:45 am

Merlin Rocket Mk12 (we believe) number 1447 'Wozzo' built by Bob Hoare. This has been a fast boat here on the river Thames and had a lot of success with a previous owner in club racing. In fact I think Nick actually won one of the the CVRDA events we held at TSC a few years back in Wozzo.
She's still a solid boat with nothing of concern in the hull. However the decks need attention as they are lifting in places and the varnish on the decks could really do with stripping back.
The last owner removed all the original rigging with the intention of modernising the controls then never got round to it. So there's not much rigging-wise on the boat - she'll need fully re-rigging. However, if you do want to go properly vintage, she has a rather nice square section wooden boom as well as a more modern ally boom. There's a bunch of sails that are serviceable but none are great. She has what I reckon are her original foils. She has the usual Proctor gold mast.

If someone is willing to give a reasonable donation to the RNLI, they can have her. I'd like to see her in a new home before winter sets in. She's way too good to let rot away.
Mr. Ben
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Re: Merlin Mk12 'Wozzo' available for an RNLI donation

Post by chrismartin3583 » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:04 pm

This was at Midland SC for many, many decades stored in the shed and sailed by its first or second owner until his death about 10 years ago. We were only talking about it yesterday wondering where it was!

When Alan sailed it it was almost totally original. The spinnaker was still rigged inside the jib!!

I hope she finds a good home!

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Re: Merlin Mk12 'Wozzo' available for an RNLI donation

Post by slimtim » Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:20 pm

Hi Ben, I have sent you a text ref having a look at Wozzo. Tim

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