Topic : dating a merli

I have the chance to purchase a Merlin Rocket that has seen better days.
How can I date this boat.
It is clinker built and has some rot in the lower planks.

Posted: 13/08/2008 16:06:05
By: Pete Mc
Look for the boat number on either the hog or thwart. More reliable than using the sail number incase the sails come from another boat. Someone can then look it up in the year book for you.

Posted: 13/08/2008 16:42:30
By: Ross
Look on the thwart there should be a number carved or stamped on it. That number will provide all sorts of information including the year built. Post the number here ans someone willlook it up no doubt.

Posted: 13/08/2008 16:42:49
By: .
Just ask her out and if she is up for it, ask her to become part of the family!!

Posted: 13/08/2008 23:04:02
By: Matchmaker
8 Simple Rules For Dating My Merlin.

Use your hands on my Merlin and you'll lose them after.
You make my Merlin cry, I make you cry.
Safe sex is a myth. Anything you try will be hazardous to your health.
Bring my Merlin home late, there's no next date.
Only delivery men honk. Dates ring the doorbell. Once.
No complaining while you're waiting for my Merlin. If you're bored, change my oil.
If your pants hang off your hips, I'll gladly secure them with my staple gun.
Dates must be in crowded public places. You want romance? Read a book.

Posted: 14/08/2008 14:38:31
By: .
Perhaps its best to go steady for a while before you spend any money.
Just take a deep breath and ask her if she is free this week end, and would you like to go for a sail on the Thames. My advise is not to rush it.

Posted: 14/08/2008 19:58:55
By: crsc
Better still, take her to the seaside for the holiday of a lifetime.

But be warned, if you turn her over you might have to get up on top, a dicey thing for an elderly girl who has 'seen better days'.

Posted: 14/08/2008 20:29:04
By: David
If, by clinker you mean she has ribs and rivets she is pre no 500 and therefore before 1953 or 4. But if you mean clinker with glued-ply then post 1954 and upto present day really. There should be a number on the thwart and then, before you take her on a date,  we can tell all. Failing that , what is her beam? (not a nice question to ask a lady on a first date though) a picture might help too.

Posted: 14/08/2008 21:19:58
By: chris
Nah,pictures are a waste of time, remember anne of cleaves?

Posted: 14/08/2008 22:00:12
By: D. H
The Flanders de la Mer?  Suitable for sea sailing only then?

Posted: 14/08/2008 22:43:55
By: Garry R
In any event I would suggest adequate protection be worn.

Posted: 14/08/2008 22:45:56
By: .


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