Topic : Anyone knows a book on vintage repairs

I had an email from someone saying:

"My father is restoring a merlin rocket 550, which is very run down. I would like to buy him a book on restoring a merlin rocket. Do you know of any good books that will help him? kind regards Alexis"

please drop her an email at [email protected] if you know of anything. i have advised her about the vintage wing and the CVRDA.

Posted: 18/10/2007 23:09:04
By: Mags
Not sure if in print but Ian Proctor's book called I think "Racing Dinghy Handling and Maintenance" might help.

Posted: 19/10/2007 08:14:13
By: Grump
It's a pretty good book and you can still get copies on ebay and Amazon but it is more about exactly what it says on the tin.  Doesn't go into re-decking etc.  In fact I really haven't come across a book like that at all.

Posted: 19/10/2007 09:07:06
By: Merlin Band Rock and Roll
I have that one myself...not really suitable as it only talks about varnishes and glues you can get in the 70s.

Posted: 19/10/2007 09:28:26
By: Mags
For the avoidance of confusion the THREE Ian Proctor books are:
"Racing Dinghy Handling"
"Racing Dinghy Maintainance"
"Racing, Wind and Current".

Posted: 19/10/2007 10:54:17
By: Ancient Geek
If memory serves me right Ancient Geek features on the cover of Racing Dinghy Handling.

Posted: 19/10/2007 11:05:34
By: Garry R
Only the Later Paper Back edition!

Posted: 19/10/2007 11:20:27
By: Ancient Geek
I wish someone would write one!

Posted: 19/10/2007 12:41:13
By: Frank Baldry
Hi Mags, Please ask your father to speak to me, I have a number of people who will be able to help.

Posted: 19/10/2007 15:50:22
By: Mervyn Allen
I did point this lady in your direction Mervyn.

Posted: 19/10/2007 16:36:59
By: Mags
Richard's Dad Barry would be the ideal bloke to write such a book after all the Merlins he has restored. I am sure Richard could persuade him.

Posted: 19/10/2007 18:08:48
By: Interested
Book Barn near Bristol have quite a few copies of the Proctor books at about three or four quid each - you just have to find them! Imagine the biggest B&Q type shed, times two, both full of shelves of secondhand books :-) They have a website somewhere - Google it.

Try the cvrda website and forum for questions too, but it's Chris Barlow who should be writing the book - he is such a great restorer and vintage Merlin enthusiast who so inspires and encourages others, including Garry, that he's receiving a well deserved RYA Community Award.

Posted: 19/10/2007 19:42:17
By: Pat2121
Pat, ARG! Why did you have to tell me that? There's a warehouse full of old books!? My ideal paradise in fact.

Dammit, there goes my redundancy money....well, wifey was only going to spend it on a porch anyway....

Posted: 19/10/2007 22:19:34
By: Mags
Mags, take yourself to Haye on Wye barns houses sheds full!

Posted: 20/10/2007 08:51:58
By: Ancient Geek
Shhhhhh!!!!!!! I cant afford to know that!

Posted: 20/10/2007 09:07:23
By: Mags
Book Barn's so cheap you would need an army to carry what you'd buy and you wouldn't need to spend all the money so she could still have the porch - or is it porsche?

Posted: 20/10/2007 20:25:52
By: Pat2121
Pity I didn't pretend to mishear her, and go out to buy a Porsche straight away.

Posted: 20/10/2007 21:18:50
By: Mags
Would that be a Meno Porshe?

Posted: 21/10/2007 17:43:28
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