Older Merlin Rocket

21/01/2011 20:12:28
Brian Taylor
Hi. Hoping for some help. I have just inherited a 15ft wooden clinker built dinghy which I am told is a Merlin Rocket. I think the previous owner may have been a member of this club, but I'm not sure. I am keen to discover the history of the dinghy, (which i think is almost 30years old) and to re rig it and sail it. Any help or advice would be gratefully received.

21/01/2011 21:13:35
One thing for sure if it is 15 feet long it is NOT a Merlin Rocket they are all 14 feet or less long (Mainly with a mm or two under!). Which club is "this" club would help, as would the registered number which should be carved into the centre thwart.

22/01/2011 11:10:45
The other place to look for the boat number is carved into the hog between rear of the centreboard case and the stern.

22/01/2011 11:51:03
Brian Taylor
I was wrong about the length it is just 14ft.. the engraved number is 904, which is also on the sail.

22/01/2011 14:44:19
Mike Liggett
This Merlin was built in 1959 by Wyche & Coppock, Nottingham to Proctor Mk.XI design and named "Scandale".  She seems to have spent most of her life at clubs in the Midlands/Birmingham area.


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