Condemned Merlins need good home!
Received this email today:
Do either of them have a wooden mast for the Merseyside Maritime Museums Merlin??
THOSE WHO BURN BOATS WILL GO STRAIGHT TO HELL.
We are also looking for a wooden mast for Gently - ideal a 25footer.
Nick Price (214)
788 was at Ranelagh 8 or 9 years ago and was in reasonable condition at that time. Metal mast.
They are both pretty tragic. However, I've dragged both of them down to our club which has generous ammounts of outdoor boat parking so a reprieve is possible.
According to the 1997 Year Book the last known owner of 788 (Then named 'Pass in Wind' was M. Fielding and of 1742 'Nutshell' was B.Chidwick both of Broadwater SC.
I think 788 is a Jack Holt design originally owned by Roger Board and based at Ranelagh SC. It was called "Premiere". Perhaps Robert Harris could confirm this.
I really hope that people do stop abandoning Merlin's as my other half seems to be collecting them!!
Thanks Robert. Roger is still alive and drinking in Spain. It bwoulod mbe great if 788 could be preserved in Jack's year.