Posted: 07/05/2008 08:32:17
Posted: 07/05/2008 08:39:48
You dont have to adjust every string if you dont want to. It seems to work for our national champion.
Posted: 07/05/2008 10:57:09
We moved to the Merlin class last year, my wife although could sail had not much experiance, we have an all up weight of 21 stone. We came from an RS200.
Posted: 07/05/2008 11:35:52
I have been sailing one for a couple of years now and although she is for sale, i'm in no rush! Takes a while to get used to the roll and twitch which occurs with the smallest of movements but this just adds to the fun.
Posted: 07/05/2008 12:03:18
Try a vintage boat such as a Proctor 9B design! We came into the Merlins from Larks and these just feel like a bigger Lark. They don't have the width and tippyness of modern Merlins but are a great starter for club racing. Once you're happy with that move onto something more modern.....
Posted: 07/05/2008 14:08:00
I beg to disagree. Modern Merlins aren't "tippy" compared with overpowered asymetrics. Some older designs are far less stable, on account of being narrower across the transom. I'm sure Chris M will explain! If you can survive in a 4000 you'll love the ease of Merlins on all points of sailing. For "tippy" read "responsive". We came to "modern" Merlins - one of the first wood Turner/Holt Canterbury Tales - from 400s, immediately felt at home in the boat and found our offwind speed competitive, even if we struggle sometimes on the beat. Compared with a 4000 the conttrols on the Merlin will enable you to get the sail shape and control you could only dream about before, but you don't have to adjust everything all the time. Go for it! Try a few Merlins. If you take the plunge, although there's almost a year to wait, the Rutland Training Wekend will explain everything and put you in control of all the string.
Posted: 08/05/2008 21:11:49
By: Midland Mischief
The IXb is actually pretty vice free and very easy to sail, as are all of the Ian Proctor designs. If equipped with the then common 22 foot 6 rig they roll a bit downwind. However unless vintage racing is your thing, you sail on a river (In which case there are even better designs) or your club will adopt a personal handicap system i think you would quite quickly grow out of the boat and want one more competetive.
Posted: 09/05/2008 07:30:52
By: Chris M
thanks everbody for the help, we have took the plunge and brought a Roswell built NSM IV
Posted: 09/05/2008 07:44:44
Speaking as an NSM4 owner (Guy Winder built), a good call !
Posted: 09/05/2008 11:49:49
By: JohnB (3404)
Congratulations! You won't be dissappointed. Think seriously about coming to the Inlands at Chew for an instant induction to the class.
Posted: 09/05/2008 22:19:52
By: Midland Mischief
If they go to Chew they'll not meet many Merlin Rocketeers Cheddar is the place same "locale" different place. It is a wise salmon that knows its own tin!
Posted: 09/05/2008 22:24:08
Will be sailing at Hastings off the beach, doubt we will make chedder as we have to work out what all that rope does before we endanger any other boats on a start line me thinks :D
Posted: 11/05/2008 08:06:15
Bucephallus was my first Merlin. An NSM4, Rowsell built, I bought it off Stuart Gurney from Thames SC and sailed it at Hampton on the river Thames. It had a single pole on a spiro launcher, deck stepped raking rig.
Posted: 11/05/2008 22:09:42
By: Alan F
Back in June 2004 there was a Silver Tiller at Hastings which was a very enjoyable day in weather much like last weekend.
Posted: 12/05/2008 13:31:14