Is Rong Number the fastest wooden boat ever?
Trading Standards Officer
It seems that Rong Number is up for sale, which can only be a good thing as it is a fast boat aswell as a beautiful boat as all Let it Rides are, however the claim that it is the fastest wooden Merlin ever is up for debate.
Maybe it was stand-out sailors in those boats. When I first became interested in Merlins, Rong number with Glen, was in the top two at every meeting...2004, I think...
Still believe that the 2 Joyriders are quicker. 3547 and 3579. The Winders have paid the highest compliment by dropping the bow, moving the board and changing the run to very similar.
Is 3579 not a Honeymoon? Was that the boat you borrowed for tha champs a couple of year back Barnsie? You went quite quick in it if remember.
They are all variations on the CT, from memory the garboards were a little flatter but it is all in the design guide. The Joyrider was more radical for it's time with the deeper stem. Personally i think they suffered from their rather unconventional space-frame and canvas foredecks (Except the two Joyriders which were decked normally) and would if produced today perhaps have acheived more of a following becasuse wooden decks are no longer the norm. They are certainly not slow today and were a good boat of their time
I've only seen Rong Number briefly, and haven't seen Storm Cloud - can you tell me what makes them more beautiful than other well-maintained wooden boats with sapele decks? Was there something different from the norm used?
I meant outstanding as in performance and results rather than appearance, whether people choose to beleive that the Rowsell Tales mod or Jacko's Joyrider were better/equal you can't argue with the results they acheived or the fact that all of Kevin's Let it Rides were incredibly quick almost regardless of who sailed them, a bit like the the batch of Jon Turner wooden and composite boats (Armed Forces, Charge, Savage et al) that preceeded them as the outstanding merlin of their day.
Heaven Sent was the last wooden Merlin produced with a varnished inside and thwart. Can't beat it for looks but the maintenance is definitely more of an issue than with a plastic boat. I'm waiting for Wicked to come out of Laurie's shed!
Sorry Andrew but I beg to differ, Unfinished Business and Mutineer both have pretty varnished internals, indeed Mutineer will shortly be appearing on the for sale list.
Now Mutineer will be a good buy.. Beautiful boat exceptionally maintained by the late Mr Hadfield. Often wondered when it would appear..
I'd forgotten those ones, mine was the last Turner wood boat though. Built by Linton according to him as Jon Turner was whizzing around abroad and not doing the actual building
Plenty of wooden boats on the river, built by craftsmen and faster than Rong Number in the right conditions. So there.
Now that the virtue of the Joyrider has been acknowldged - when will details appear in the design guide?
It is so good to see a very well sailed wooden boat win the Hamble Silver Tiller part of the Warming Pan and be there or therabouts for the whole weekend too. Perhaps of the "Golden Oldies" should be kept bang up to date.
Only wooden boats have ever the championships at Whitstable
Perhaps Glen will buy Charlies boat,after all he's tried most of the others!!
Was that a prediction?? (See the post 2 above this one)...
Yes - I think it was.