I am looking at a MSM 3 No 3337. I started sailing this year and this would be my first merlin. Would this be a good boat to start club racing with.
Hi, any of the NSM range are easy to sail and quick, particularly inland. My copy of the Year book suggest that it is an NSM2
Thanks for that. Unfortunately I have got the number wrong, it is NSM 3327. Only 2 ever made. But it sounds from what you said that it’s worth looking at.
Black Adder 3327 is on the for sale list. If it really is going for £900 the rig is probably worth that if the sails are any good and you are getting the hull thrown in for free. There were 2 NSM3's built, this one and Silver Dollar, 3340, which was at Hampton for a while. The design guide says modified to give a bit more buoyancy for heavier crews, but the changes from the successful NSM2 probably quite small. Silver Dollar didn't set the world alight at Hampton in Keith Edwards' hands, but that may have been him not the boat. You won't keep up with Canterbury Tales variants offwind in planing conditions but will be easier to tack and good in lighter conditions I would think.
I also understood that the main mod between NSM II and III was to do with the rig.
Black Adder was designed for the 28st.crews. It was at the Burton Inland Champs.around 1997, not seen it since.
Stuart Bates (MR3615)
BlackAdder has been at Hollingworth for the past few years and is in Beautiful Condition for her age, has gone well against the newer boats at times.
Chris M - 3744
The trouble with older boats is the mix of ambition/ability/capability of the boat.
As an ex-Merlin sailor, and still very interested in the class, I have a question: what makes the Canterbury Tales design such a must have design ? A previous post suggests that it's superior to previous designs downwind in planing conditions. Looking at photos of current designs, they do appear to be wider at the stern than older designs. Are they close to a skiff type design, with lower rocker overall and more planing flat ?