Width gunnel to gunnel
Actually all are approx 6' 10" wide, NSM 1 or II would be a bit more stable, both can be found in GRP, have to say wider Merlins are not really single handers
Looked at from above all 3 are pretty much the same but the sections are different with the Smoker's much more rounded with a bit more rocker and the NSM flatter in section and rocker, the NSM2 somewhere in between. Satisfaction was narrower but older and not nearly so plentiful.
Thank you for your comments.
You can sail a Merlin single-handed but it's a bit of a handful unless the wind is quite light. Also you find that you end up wanting to sit on the centreboard handle going downwind which isn't comfortable unless your anatomy is a bit strange. Hoisting and dropping the spinny is fun, more so the drop
Bert, if you want a single handed Merlin, why not try a Harrier? They can be picked up for about £300 (if you can find one), and there are several sailing on the Broads. Michael Mcnamara has one for his 'recreational' sailing at Norfolk Broads YC.
why is Patrick wearing the long syrup?
Stuart, your own Heatwave and my new Hadron singlehander are descendents of the Harrier. Hadron is a close cousin of MR3708 WICKED so can also rightfully claim to be a singlehanded Merlin.
Kieth - the Hadron looks like a good development - who built this one?
Is the name Hadron inviting the chance of collisions? Or perhaps these can't happen except in particular laboratory conditions?
Keith built it himself,its based on my MR 'Wicked, 3708, uses a standard carbon MR mast in this case a Chipstow
they used to say we'd all disappear into a black hole or something once the Hadron collider got going. Maybe it's portent of things to come...passed the gybe mark and just dematerialised!
Hi, I'm back after a jaunt up to Wroxham Broad to test out the new sail for Hadron that Michael McNamara has made. We tried to get the boat to sail faster than the speed of light, but failed.
Bert, Hadron is currently sailing in the Winter Series at AWSC every Sunday morning until 18 December. Then it's the Bloody Mary on 7 January. The January edition of Y&Y (on sale on 8 December) will feaure Hadron in the 'new boats' section, to be followed by a full test soon after. Please email me.
Surely this is off topic and just a commercial advertisement for a builder of another class of boat or am I missing the point.
Welcome to the MRAO forum and it's wanderings.
This is not "just another builder". Keith Callaghan is a much respected long time Merlin designer and crew who has recently returned to the class with a new boat "Wicked". His singlehanded derivatives of a Merlin have always been of interest to Merlin sailors.
Thanks for your positive comments KM and JC, but 'newcomer' is right to say that this topic wandered off a bit (mea culpa). The 'commercial' tag stings a bit, however: I will never get rich selling MR plans, or even Hadron plans for that matter. Most of you will know that I do it for the immense satisfaction of seeing one's theories turned into a real, aesthetically pleasing, functioning object.
All MR forum discussion wander off topic - some faster than others.