Original Merlin sail plan
Merlin sail number 36 is trying to get certified following her stunning overhaul by Chris Barlow, and the new owner would like to rig her to the original 1946 25ft sail plan if possible.
I've linked the well known photo of 175 being sailed by two pairs of legs and not much else! This must be the origional sail plan and the foot of the main finishes almosty exactly halfway along the stern deck.
I belive Dick Batt has no 16, Gently. What rig is on that at present?
If you look at almost any of the old pictures, the known is 14'long which gives you a scale alowing for angle of the boat to the picture gives you a further scale and this should get you to within experiemental accuracy.
Gently is now with Chris Barlow for restoration but has the shorter rig.
Picture of Iska with tall rig at Baltic Wharf in April this year
Perhaps this may help. Garry R sent me a photocopy of the Merlin review in Yachting Monthly (I think) from 1946. It had all the plans.
This picture has dimensions of sails...
If there were knighthoods for such things, you would for sure be Sir Magnus Smith by now...
Interesting to see that the mainsail luff is 22'5", presumably leaving 2'7" to the lower band from the sheerline to make the 25ft mast?
Great news to hear that Gently is being restored!!!
Here's a link to the restoration photos of 36 and there's one of her sailing with one of Chris's original cotton sails - love the sail colour!
Well done Mags - spot on. GGGGGGGG - if anyone ever needs measurements for an original Rocket design I have got a cotton sail from one so I could measure it. As Secret Water's (111) mast was cut even shorter than the 22'6" to 21'6" (I wonder if it was broken) this set fit perfectly. I am hoping to use them at Roadford at the CVRDA event and more importantly should I ever manage to pick up a Rocket mast I can use them on Gannet (252) as well.
If anyone would like the original article you can mail me your home address and I can send a photocopy. I hope I don't get inundated - if I do then I suppose I could send them for distribution with a magazine.
I have a copy of the 1947 yearbook with rules. The jist of it for the rig is
I see there is a photo of the original sail plan and measurements in the Gallery; follow vintage etc.
Chris - I send all the photos to Mags and he then can create a Gently gallery. Good point regarding sail plans following class rules.