Having just acquired a Merlin for the first time and only been able to get out in very light wind conditions as yet, must admit I am a little surprised as to how "tippy" it appears to be. Its a Bad Company, because one economy sized elephant and a medium gorilla, don't tell the wife I said that, need the weight carrying capacity. To be honest winds have been very light, barely 5 mph and I did expect it to be more tippy than the boats I have been sailing recently,but I am wondering if some of it is down to either, insufficient wind to power up the rig or us reacting too quickly to initial stability around the cente line, or a combination of both. Thoughts anyone.
Posted: 09/03/2010 15:14:29
By: Dave Norris
This has been discussed before - search for "tippy" on the forum.
Posted: 09/03/2010 16:02:42
Coming from a Laser 2000, I was told "Wow, the Merlin will be really tippy". But I find its not too bad.
Posted: 09/03/2010 16:44:44
merlins are really stable boats. forgiving, and also easy to sail. maybe hard to sail well but still, they are amongst the easiest boats to chug around the course
Posted: 09/03/2010 17:56:29
Time in boat is the best cure, but keeping the centreboard down helps for newcomers.
Posted: 09/03/2010 19:19:20
I've only been in Merlins a bit over a year so it's much to soon for me to be having thoughts - let alone advice! However I sailed RS 200s before, and have definitely found my Merlin a good deal easier to control in strong winds; and we've got out of several situations where I expected a capsize. Personally I swear by the 'rig over hull' principle and canny M-gybes (or is that swear at ...?)
Posted: 09/03/2010 21:04:53