NSM 1 or 2 versas Smokers Satisfaction
I am considering buying a Merlin Rocket and wondered which of the 3 designs would be my best bet. The crew weight will be around 24 stone and the boat will be used for sea sailing (south coast club sailing) with a combined weight of 24 stone (14 stone helm).
NSM2 or 4 but all will be outclassed by the modern Tales variants.....
Early Tales or variation of, might be your best bet and similar in price to NSM4 if you can run to (say)£2k
if youre sea sailing you could do much worse than 3408. I owned the sister boat 3399, HBR design. A great sea boat, very stable and forgiving.
Thanks for all the information. Just one more question, which of the NSM´s versions and Smoker Satisfaction is more stable and easier to handle in rough seas.
No Merlin Rocket of any age is easy to handle in rough seas and big winds but oh so rewarding. Or so I recall.
If you are on the light side and sailing on the sea you should also consider a Summer wine, one or two nice looking one's on the for sale list also 3542 may be a bargain budget sea boat.
NSM 1&4 are reckoned a bit more stable than the NSM2, having owned both a 1&2 frankly there's not much in it, a 4 has a flatter transom & will be a bit easier downwind, the Smokers definitely less stable downwind in a breeze. Steppenwolf 3542 seems to have vanished from the open circuit after Mark Candelas sold it. Best known for the Thompson Paddle award when he stuck the mast through the awning over the cockpit of a large (occupied) motor yacht moored just off the clubhouse at Salcombe one year. Would be a much better sea boat than the NSM series, as would 3408.
David, the only problem with the summer wine is my combined crew weight. Do you think I would still be ok with this design with an all up weight of 24 stone?
No not really, either a 2 or a 4 would be cheapest, it all depends on your budget
None of the NSM series will compete with a Tales or variation at sea. If you're sailing off an adjusted handicap The IV is probably the quickest though if you're a bit beefy the II will handle the weight better and is arguably the most pleasant to sail. Leave the Smoker for the rivers/lakes.
Hi Nigel, You are too heavy for a Summer Wine. I have to agree with Nigel 3408 looks like your best bet for the sea.
Sorry, meant to say I agree with Chris!
Many thanks for all the advice. I think as you have said it is now down to my budget and how much the wife will let me spend! The summer wine and smokers are definitely out.
Dear Nigel, I don't think that Andy is really 14 stone is he? :-)
My nephew Andy Harris and his sister Sara won the Tamesis open meeting in a strong fleet yesterday sailing his Smokers Satisfaction.