Merlin Rocket 3168 history
Hi everyone, I bought 3168 from Jeremy Deacon a while ago and have set about redecking and tidying up. Curious to learn about it's history. I know it is a Summer Wine built in '79 by Keith Probert and once called Crimson Wine but nothing else.
How is she coming Kevin? Are you going to be on the water by the new season?
As you say 3168 is a Morrison Summer Wine design built by Keith Probert in 1979. She was called 'Mac-On-Rouge' by her first owner A McGoldrick at Bala SC.
Wow, alot of names to choose from, and back at Blithfield for a third time! I got her from Steve earlier this year with a view to doing what Kevin is doing but decided his need was greater than mine!
A big thank you to Tony Lane for the comprehensive history for 3168 and for correcting some of the information I thought I had already. At the moment the decks and gunwhales are off and all of the fittings are removed. I am at the slow stage of stripping the internal varnish with Nitromors and a scraper, back breaking work especially on a wide boat. I have found one split seam just below the jib sheet fairlead blocks on the port side which will need some attention and a gap below the transom where the garboards have been replaced. Was tempted to redo the garboard repair which was done with thicker than usual plywood but decided, for a first attempt at renovation, to leave well alone!
I agree with Richard. Have used hot air gun exclusively for varnish removal on all the vintage boats I have worked on.
While you have the decks off it might be worthwhile fitting a low tank and stiffen up the front end of the boat.
Wow ! Glad to see this boat being restored. I was a Bala member when this boat was brand new - I saw it in Alec's garage before it hit the water.