I have just become the new keeper of this boat which I hope to race in classic events, she is now going to be based in Suffolk. Although she is ready to sail I would like to do some work on her first, initially stripping the decks, is nitromors the best to remove one pot varnish? what best removes black stain marks in the wood? the decks are a light yellow colour ply is there a way of putting some depth in them before recoating, I was thinking of 4 coats of 2 pot and a final 2 coats of ephialines (never could spell) because a friend who builds the classic Spirit Yachts swears by the stuff. Also as I don't have a year book (will rejoin the association when boat is ready) when was the boat built any history (understand she came 7th in 1975 Nats).
richard thanks for comments, i think the boat was home finished, does that mean Aln built the hull and the owner decked it? might explain why the deck ply is not a nice strippy sapelle, or was that the norm in the 70's
Read up about G4 on the cvrda forum - it may be of use here.
duff link. Was trying to be clever and add two links!!
Having known the boat nearly all my sailing life, would be suprised if Bob had decked her himself but no doubt JC can ask him when he next sees him at the club. Would imagine Bob fitted her out and had her top coated. However, a spate of home built boats were built at WYC around that time. Bob had a bad experience with a Spud boat that was very overweight but cannot remember if this was just before or after 2717. So Whitstable's longest serving Merlin has departed for new waters and adventures. Crewed for Bob in her many times over the years and was the first Merlin I ever helmed. Hope she is taken care of and you enjoy her.
I know Bob was fairly emontional when I took the boat away yesterday, I think he had hopped some juniors at the club would have taken her on, I don't think price would have been an issue. She seems very sound but I do want to refurb tne decks and hull, the colour of the decks is a honey colour doin't think there is much i can do however a really deep varnish may help.
The Aln boats i've seen seem to be pretty light wooded. Age will have something to do with this, and it may come back with a bit of fairly savage sanding BUT while you do have a fair amount of veneer to play with if this has been done before you may go through.
As regards colour there is every hue under the sun seen on the decks in Merlin fleets so unless it is a deep personal hate of the light colour why risk it. Staining old wood may be tricky if there is varnish well soaked in which won't take the stain so you end up with something patchy. The colour is all part of the history in my opinion. See the CVRDA site as regards staining - it's in the hints and Tips section in varnishing guide I believe
garry, i have to agree i think new varnish particulary the last two coats a trad varnish may give the decks more depth, i think perhaps repainting the hull a darker colour may help, keep forgetting of course the idea is to sail it!!
John A old merlin, current ent
when i paint the hull I'd like to paint the bottom planks white like th newer boats, any ideas on how many planks are usually painted to give the contrast + is it whole planks you paint or midsections would i need to cross planks if you get my badly explained drift
When I bought my new winder I was offered either 3 or 4 plans split on colours 4 is more normal 3 is closer to the waterline = I opted for 4.
I think on newer boats the planks run more parallel to the waterline than they did on earlier designs - less rocker now? Following the first three plank lands (counting from the centreline)on an older boat might lead to the waterline being visible at the front only, or front and back. Probably more authentic to do it the 'old' way.
Had a chat to Bob today at WYC about the decks and as per another post earlier in the thread, the decks have always been light due to the veneer used. Have fun.
hopefully my ghostie 2427 will be painted nxt week with a waterline,ill see if chris martin can post some pics on how we do it with lining tape,(can fix and paint boats,not putas)!!!