MR3737 MINI COOL BLUE
A new Merlin Rocket was launched on 7 October at Deal in Kent. The boat was built by boatbuilder Simon Cory of CORY YACHTS, when he could spare himself from his 'commercial' work. I went to the launch, and I can say that Simon has made a superb job of the boat, which is of FRP foam plank construction, with a wood deck. He hopes to be able to offer a limited number of boats each year. This boat is to my HAZARDOUS ZERO-9 LITE design - very similar to MR3708 WICKED, but designed for lighter helms. It has less rocker in the aft run, and more freeboard and beam at the deck in the aft 1.5m or so. For photos of the boat, follow the link below.
Hi Keith. Sometimes I wish I was 40 years younger too, or maybe even 50 years! She looks like my sort of boat.
Ah! but Robert, we have so many memories! For example, my winter project is to rebuild MR 2209 HYDRA. You may not remember that particular boat, but I built her myself, for a clubmate at Up River YC, in 1969. A couple of months ago, a friend told me she was for sale on eBay, and I bought her. Everything that happened to me as a designer of Merlin Rockets originated from that boat, and I will spend many a happy hour in my shed this winter....
She looks lovely. Interesting points:
Congratulations to her designer and her builder. She is truly elegant, so nice to see a "cut in" waterline too.
It's a pertinent question Andy, How much lead's in that boat?
Andy & Ben, Simon decided to go for a stronger layup in the hull instead of bolting lead into the boat, so it's got no correctors. I wondered about the aft tank/no drains setup myself, but have yet to quiz Simon on that.
She does look good and it will be interesting to see how see goes.
Is a sledge easier than wheel on shingle then? Never seen that before!
The sled is due to the beach at Deal as it can be a pig for launching/recovery with a trolley. Interesting Keith picked up on the aft tank. I too thought it strange Simon had put no after drainage in the boat. I suspect there may be a retrofit there as there are two points:
Oh dear Keith, I would have thought I was too young to use bad language in 1968! I'd learned how to by 1980 when I was close to being banned from yachting for swearing while I was chairman!
The lite version is very different in the stern section, quite a bit flatter but I'm sure Keith will confirm so I would say its a different design
Great to see another new design from Keith - as per the aft tank I would suggest rear tubes as per the Fireballs to drain if they are allowed in the rules.
I don't think rear tubes are allowed, the size of the tank is also restricted, for obviouse reasons.
The rules suggest that tubes would be acceptable as long as they conform to the following:
Andy Hay - Business as Usual
Richard - Shabazzle has transom flaps, at a height greater than 40mm from the bottom surface of the hull = OK.
My Simon Bagley NSM2 has a full width 'high-line' tank that is a pain to drain and I have been pondering the fitting of some tunnels with some self centering cones on elastic to act as flaps. My reading of the rules is that this would be OK as long as the tunnel is more than 40mm from the outside skin throughout its length and as long as its introdcution doesn't compromise the bouyancy.
Why not just put 2x 30mm tubes in?
What Chris Said. Abd naje then carbon tubes - off-cuts from P&Bs off-cut bin..... or anyone else who makes spinny poles....
Larger tubes work well in a fireball, buoyancy tank is good? Merlin is a development class?
The Merlin Rocket is a 'Restricted' class not a full developemnet class
I don't think that alters the argument
If the tubes have flaps re the same as flaps on the current transoms what is the issue? Also if you can have 30mm holes for drainange the 30mm tubes again with flaps or tethered bungs? as a safety isssue for drainage / getting up on a beach without damaging a hull ( or someones back)
The merlin's buoyancy and drainage is one of it's great strengths. Then boat flaotds with the board at water level so you can get on it. When righted the boat floats at water level so you can get in it. The boat doesn't sail away from you when righted. When the boat starts moving 90% of the water is gone in seconds in any reasonably modern boat.