Just looking through the design guide and noticed that Ian Proctor's designs seem to miss some numbers. Was there ever a Mk10, a Mk13 or 14 for example? Perhaps superstition accounts for the lack of a 13 but what about the rest?
Posted: 21/05/2008 15:01:51
No 13. The 10 was a one off modified 8 a river design the 14 was a dog and despite the 15 another semi-dog the 16, 17 onwards to 20, broke the domination and persuaded people to look elsewhere, such as: Jackson, Debenham & Truman, Martin Jones and so on.
Posted: 21/05/2008 15:32:26
At Upper Thames there was at least one Proctor Mark 8, designed to outwit Jack Holt designs on the river. I don't think that there was a Mark 10 but there was certainly a Mark 14. I believe that it wasn't a successful design (maybe Ancient Geek or Robert Harris would be able to tell more).
Posted: 21/05/2008 15:32:58
By: Chris Rathbone
I used to have a book of Ian Proctor's about dinghy design. The mk VII, though not successful, was an interesting one and led directly on to the immensely successful mk IX. The idea was to have narrow v'd sections forwards, a fair bit of rocker in the middle, and very flat aft sections. You dug the bows in upwind and sat at the back downwind. The reason for the lack of success wasn't spelt out but I suspect it was a pig to handle and nosedived immediately you were round the windward mark. I think the mk VIII was a development of the successful mk VI, which was a common shape for dinghies at the time with fuller less flared bows and a generally rounder shape than what followed. I had a mk XV and was pleased to learn that other people thought it was a dog as I thought it was me - it was my 1st Merlin and didn't go in light winds and wasn't that stable in a blow either.
Posted: 21/05/2008 16:36:39
By: Andrew M
Well! The Mk 14 co-incided with my first season in the class 1961.
Posted: 21/05/2008 17:26:46
By: Ancient Geek