Topic : Merlin to Export

Hey guys, wondering if you can give me some advice. I left the Uk a few years ago in search of hotter climates, all well and good, but sick to death of the obsession with sailing cats they have here. I have decided to buy a merlin and have it shipped out here. I have certain questions I hope some may be abe to help with.

1) What is the best model for weight carrying?
2) Which models perform best on the sea?
3) Are there any boats currently on the list between 2-3k that people would advise.

Thanks for any help!!!

Posted: 05/11/2006 09:46:43
By: Ex-Pat Sailor
Have a look through the design guide on this web site.

Although the NSM 4 was designed for leightweights, there are a few in your price range and it will be good on the sea. Have a look at the Turner built one on the for sale list for example.

Posted: 05/11/2006 19:17:06
By: Alan F
Where is out here? If it is South Africa I leave tomorrow for UK winter/ SA summer in Port Owen - sadly without the Merlin - but maybe another year. I am amazed at the cat dominance of small and large boats in SA. The winds appear to be mainly light with the odd storm. Would suit a Merlin very well but not cats I would think. I'd be glad to meet up with you and help all I can if you happen to be in Western Cape. Email [email protected]

Posted: 06/11/2006 14:22:31
By: Mike Fitz
Hi I have an NSM 4 which will be for sale, turner built, square top hoop, fully djustable superspar rig, new rules twin carbon poles, its just been re varnished by synthesize yachts and had the centre board re-faired and painted and new slot gasket. comes with launch trolley and combi. looking for about £1,800.

Posted: 06/11/2006 15:57:50
By: Miss Adventure 3468
sounds interesting. Do you have any pictures or further information? History of the boat etc? please e-mail me on [email protected] Many Thanks

Posted: 07/11/2006 06:34:13
By: Ex-Pat Sailor
Mike in answer to your question its not SA, but I have noticed a die hard devotion to Cats most places I have been outside of the UK. I have no idea why this is, but its fairly depressing, now it may be that I am not a good enough sailor to make them exciting, but they turn SOOOOOOOOOOOOO slowly and even though generally they sit lower in the water, you just dont get the same feeling of speed you get in a Merlin, plus they are far too stable, wheres the fun if you know its virtually impossible to capsize? ok take a breath now

Posted: 07/11/2006 10:02:44
By: Ex-Pat Sailor
You don't say where you live but it seems to be hot!  A word of warning from one who has been an expat in hot climes.  Wooden boats are a pain to maintain when it is very hot.  FRP is much easier.

Posted: 07/11/2006 10:18:17
By: JC
whilst I am obviously a Merlin person, I have to say that high power sailing in a Cat is very exhilarating.  I used sail Hobie 16 off shore Durban.  Hard to beat! Not sure about low in water, the trick was to go through the waves without cartwheeling.  Yes they turn slow, but its an art.  You did not want to miss the lay line, especially cos of tide.

Posted: 07/11/2006 10:32:01
By: Chairs
Not bashing cat sailing by any means, just doesnt do it for me quite as much as the Merlin

Posted: 07/11/2006 11:31:27
By: Ex-Pat Sailor
Vechies Pier???? I was racing hobies there too!!

Posted: 09/11/2006 12:03:42
By: Shane 2986
Vechies.  The very same.  1986-88.  Lost a few against the harbour wall!

Posted: 10/11/2006 09:23:43
By: Chairs
So where are you then?
Difference between say Lake Titicaca and Punte Arenas!

Posted: 10/11/2006 11:54:17
By: ):-
96-00, was natal champ and SA hobie 14 champ 99-01

Posted: 10/11/2006 16:27:47
By: Shane 2986

Posted: 10/11/2006 16:53:19
By: ):-
1996 - 2000, hows that??

Posted: 10/11/2006 18:19:06
By: Shane 2986
Ebay has a Tales for £1200

Posted: 12/11/2006 17:12:39
By: Rob Holroyd
Well, at least a starting bid of of £1200

Posted: 12/11/2006 17:13:29
By: Rob Holroyd
This would be a good option for you. This is one of the Turner GRP/FRP hulls, finished with a wooden deck. Gives you the best of both worlds. It is listed on the for sale list.

It was purchased acouple of years back by a young laser sailer, whos interest moved away from sailing and so it hasn't got much use recently.

Posted: 13/11/2006 12:57:28
By: Alan F
Same boat!

Posted: 13/11/2006 13:42:44
By: ):-
Yes! That was the point of the posting. That the boat on e-bay, also on the for sale list would meet the criterea.

Note: whilst the decks are wood, they are painted white.

Posted: 13/11/2006 13:46:19
By: Alan F
It also gives the ability to guess the reserve price! I would guess £1950

Posted: 13/11/2006 13:47:44
By: Alan F
Lol for an extra 50 quid you could have mine with a carbon rig.

OK it's not a tales but as you won't be racing any tales it wouldn't be a problem.

Posted: 13/11/2006 17:35:11
By: Jon
The price expectation, is probably why he hasn't shifted it.

Posted: 13/11/2006 20:48:12
By: Alan F
thanks for all the help guys. Jon can you give me the details of yours please?

Posted: 16/11/2006 06:34:58
By: Ex-Pat Sailor
link to for sale of Jon's boat

Posted: 16/11/2006 13:09:41
By: Alan F
Bear in mind that the rig in the photo is out of date - the new mast is black and the spinnaker is bigger!

Posted: 16/11/2006 22:26:17
By: Jon


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