Is Melin Rocket 1446 still around?
I used to own 1446 back in the early '80s. She was then called Arabella and was sailed by my brother and I at Chasewater in Staffordshire. When sold to raise cash to replace a car she went to Blithfield and was sailed by someone called Bracewell. He had an argument with the dam wall and the last I saw of it was in his garage stripped down ready for varnishing. Think it was a mark IX by Chippendale. Any information please. Thanks
She certainly isn't at Blithfield any more.
1447 Arabella was built by Chippendales probably in 1962 for G S Welch at Lenchford SC. She was a Proctor Mk X11 design.
Again thank you Tony for the details of 1447. Time plays tricks and indeed we did own 1447 Arabella not 1446. I'm sure we sold 1447 to R Bracewell in 1982/83 whilst I was at college and we probably did not cancel membership to the Merlin Association or give details of the sale at the time. She was a lovely boat and we really enjoyed sailing her. We were not that good and often just made up the numbers but just occasionally we surprised ourselves, especially in lighter winds, and secured a reasonable result. One thing I do remember when we bought 1447 she came with an unusual radial cut main sail. I will try to get in touch with Robbie Bracewell who used to live not far from me and see if he has any information. I guess it's quite possible that 1447 eventually went the way of many and was broken up for fire wood!
I am very sorry but I made a mistake in my earlier posting. 'Arabella' was the name of 1446 and not 1447 which was called 'Wozo'. Apologies.
Thanks Tony, it's good to know the old grey matter is not giving up after all. My brother will be pleased as we had a dispute over the number and he stood his ground that it was 1446. I owe him a pint I think! Your help tracking down information about Arabella has been apreciated. It's nice to know who the first owner was and the corrected design details.
Just for the record ! 1447 is a Proc 12, owned by Nick Hoskins and sails, very well, at Thames SC.
Re: 1447 - I bought Wozzo off e-bay from a member of the Midland Sailing Club in circa 2007. Some time later I enquired regarding her history and was sent the following: Merlin Rocket 1147 "Wozzo" is an Ian Procter Mk 12 design, built by Bob Hoare in 1962.