Topic : Hyeres Merlin Fleet

Does anyone know anything about the fleet sailing from Hyeres? At least 4 of them I'm told, all nice wooden ones as you would expect at a venue like that, lots of Frenchmen asking "qui est that?"

Posted: 14/07/2009 17:28:50
By: johno3710
Due to visit Hyeres in August in the Melges, so will check out and report back.

I could do with some vocabulary help, though.. What is the french for:
Carbon spinnaker pole
one string rig
rise of floor

Any help, please??


Posted: 15/07/2009 14:25:59
By: Measurement Man
poteau de spinnaker de carbone 
snodger -:)
une installation de corde
ÚlÚvation de plancher

Posted: 15/07/2009 14:45:36
By: .
Hmmmmmmmmmm. Did someone use an online translation program? A spinnaker pole is "un tangon (de spi)"; an uphaul is "un hale-haut" (but "une balancine" is sometimes used); a downhaul (so snodger) is "un hale-bas". "Un extracteur" would be better at pulling bearings out!

Posted: 15/07/2009 16:23:29
By: Franglais
Latest translations correct. Many of the French Merlins were imported by an engaging rogue called Yves Jambon of D├ęriveur Services, St Malo, who some of you may remember from the Easter trip to the Rance. Some of them had been fitted with trapezes, and unclear how many are still sailing. I know at least two were destroyed. Certainly we never see any other Merlins on our travels over here, though a former crew of mine photographed one sailing off Salalah in Oman.

Posted: 15/07/2009 18:00:19
By: Rod & Jo Sceptical
Merlins with a trapeeze? might have saved a mast or two on Friday!

Posted: 18/07/2009 22:52:00
By: I was scared
How would trapeze mean less mast breakages? More righting moment equals more strain not less surely?

Posted: 19/07/2009 10:03:26
By: Bewildered
Trapeze does half the work of the windward shroud directly to the crew's harness

Posted: 20/07/2009 11:58:57
By: David L
Yes but how would that break more masts surely it would also lessen the compression by widening the shroud  base?

Posted: 20/07/2009 17:52:58
By: .


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