I have just procured a Merlin Rocket (Sail No 2978)which needs some work and complete re-rigging. The most noticeable missing part is a mast gate; the holes where it used to be are evident but the gate is long gone. Can anyone give me an idea how I get hold of one for this vintage of boat? Thanks,


Posted: 11/06/2007 21:41:00
By: Roddy Porter
Dear Roddy,

Send me an email - I'll send you my address. Send a SAE for the appropriate weight (I'll weigh it when I get home). It's "just" the latch part form our old Smokers (2981).
It's actually a Holt part - it's still made and available....


Posted: 12/06/2007 08:49:24
By: Colin
Other classes just use a piece of old spreader.

Other than that most chandlers will do a stainless steel one.

Posted: 12/06/2007 08:49:33
By: Chris M
Hi Roddy,

Assuming that you just need the latch you could go along to the local light engineering metal fabricators and obtain a strip of SS 2mm thick x 2cm wide x 12cm long then drill a hole at both ends to match the screw holes in the deck gate, turn one of the holes into a slot to latch over the screw and round off the corners.

Have fun.

Posted: 12/06/2007 11:46:55
By: Peter 2789
Do you need one? once the mastram is attached, there is no need.
If you do then use a 3mm bit of rope, its lighter than metal

Posted: 12/06/2007 12:01:44
By: DaveF
If Roddy's boat is similar to the one we've just broken (2981 - Smoker satisfaction - I don't have the Year book with me), there was/is a mast ram, but not a strut. The struts seem to have arrived with the low bow tank. The High tank designs just aren't capable of the higher rig tensions (too flexible).
Ours had a latch at the end of the gate (to stop the mast falling over - no forestay). However, when parked, I made sure that the spinnaker halyard was connected to the jib fitting and pulled tight.



Posted: 12/06/2007 12:30:51
By: Colin
Then use a rope strop round the ram

Posted: 12/06/2007 22:18:52
By: Midland circuit results man


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