Topic : More Boats on eBay

seems a nice selection of oldies on ebay this week;
3068 Rowsell Smokers
2932 Aln Hooligan
2531 Probert September Girl
1885 W&C IXb
1513 W&C XII
1213 W&C XII

Posted: 12/05/2008 13:22:00
By: rob 2601
The description of 1885 as a family boat -------!!!!

Posted: 12/05/2008 14:13:21
By: Garry R
Sorry broken link

Posted: 12/05/2008 16:16:44
By: Rob 2601
Well if 1885 is anything like 1886 she is not for the family! but that's how we purchased ours as a nice calm family boat and we have never looked at anything else since!.
Loving it.

Posted: 13/05/2008 01:16:52
By: 1886
Anybody got any info on 3068? What would a Smokers of that vintage go for? Would this be a suitable first Merlin to sail with 24 - 25 stone in on a fairly big lake?

Posted: 13/05/2008 11:01:02
By: Ian
Smokers is a good weight carrier, should be less that a £1000. this looks a good example as as its all varnished you can see the state of the hull. It has happened that some boats when the rig tension waqs applied caused a split along the bottom of the hog when the hull compressed and was forced down, this happened with one of my old boats of similar vintage.
Would be good in light to medium winds but just wont plane as fast off wind like the newer CT's. ( still feels fast though) A good intro to the class though

Posted: 13/05/2008 11:20:21
By: Rob 2601
The pictures make the boat look just gorgeous, the rig looks generally OK, it will be the dog's whatnots in light winds, quick tacking and responsive, though not the most stable downwind in a blow.  An ideal restricted water boat - how big is the lake?

I am only restraining myself from bidding because I don't sail the 1 Merlin I already own enough and I haven't anywhere to keep another boat.

Posted: 13/05/2008 12:07:24
By: Andrew M
The lake is huge (Kielder Water) but we sail fairly short technical courses. The wind can be very shifty but when it blows it really blows

Posted: 13/05/2008 12:31:37
By: Ian
Short technical races ie short tacking, quick acceleration out of tacks is where you can excel in a smokers

Posted: 13/05/2008 16:20:46
By: Rob 2601


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