Just purchased Empi 3501 would love to know were the name originate.can anyone cast some light on this unusal name.
It could be from a karate move called Empi - means "Flight of the wallow"
The first recorded owner was J Seymour of Bristol Corinthian YC. It might be worth trying to contact him through the YC. If you e-mail me I send you his 1993 address.
Thank you for these very fast replies will follow up when i come back from a break.
I owned Empi quite a few years ago and bought her from Judith Massey, who did tell me Empi was named after the martial arts move. She always seemed a quick boat and I had a lot of fun sailing her. I had her refurbished by Tim Coombe and she looked stunning when he had finished - hope she is still looking tidy?
Empi is fine, she has a dark blue hull and light grey inner decks she looks about 1 year old, we have spent the last three days replacing worn rope and replacing frayed knots with proper wippings hope my club style sailing can do her justice, This is my 5th Merlin and they well looked after. Thanks to all who have given me her history and explanation for her name.signing out Gerry
Empi means 'elbow strike'. I don't know if all martial arts use the same word, but in karate that's what we call it. Sometimes an elbow can be more powerful than a fist, or works better when you are too near your opponent to punch traditionally.