Looking for a starter merlin...?
A few questions before we can answer
Whats your budget? - For a starter boat Budget is under £3000. Am pretty skilled, I'm a rigger and also have lots of boat builder mates.
Whats your budget? - For a starter boat Budget is under £3000. Am pretty skilled, I'm a rigger and also have lots of boat builder mates. So getting something that is a good boat but needs work is perfect.
Skimbleshanks 3474 had quite a good record - you could look at 3508 for something reckoned to carry a bit more weight, Empi 3501 is a bit over your budget, but might be open to negotiation, FS boats from Jon Turner are still competitive if updated & sailed well.
Any further suggestions are very welcome.
Not sure where you sail but wembley has an excellent plastic nsm 2 which you would be very welcome to sail at the club. It's not for sale but would give you an idea of a good inland boat
Megan that is a very kind suggestion, thank you. Unfortunately I'm on the south coast and lucky to get away this time of year.
If anyone happens to hear anything at the Nationals of good boats for sale please let me know... I have now seen a few boats and have two in mind but still interested to see more before purchasing the right one.