Does anyone know of a reasonable project that might be available? I have a hankering to sail a Merlin before I get too old and decrepit. Funds are tight so a project seems the best way. A weight carrying boat needed and it would be nice to save something from a similar fate to Shaft or the way Steppenwolf nearly went. Reasonably handy, so not afraid of some wood/epoxy/carbon work.
Not a project, but the very first NSM1 has come up for sale.
Miles, Thank you so much for your response and the link to the Facebook page. There have been some interesting boats on there. Do you know if the Turner/Locke CT sold in the end? That looks the sort of thing I'm after. I think the NSM I won't suit my weight and it seems sensible to go,for as modern a design as possible. The project part is part to keep costs down but also because I like working on boats and at 14ft it would fit in my drive and garage whereas my Swallow at 26ft and 1000kg doesn't and I have tired of Fettling it. There also seem to,be a few interesting boats on the MROA site but I don't know how current that is. Some boats seem to have been on a very long time, does that mean they are too expensive or the site hasn't been updated. In particular the boats I was thinking of are a Thin Ice, a Couple of wooden CTS, Rush in Blue,(is the dacron foredeck putting people off) and After Hours. They don't appear to be projects but I suppose they represent what I might be aiming for. Any thoughts would be welcome.
Smartypants 3506 (see advert) is very very for sale: new boat is not far away and space (contrary to popular belief) is finite....
From the website dedicated to Smarty Pants and the pictures I have seen she looks stunning. So only the pickiest of individuals could describe her as a project. I don't think my budget runs that far at present. I also think she might be too good for me at this stage. Apart from those impediments I'd love to,have a boat like her.
Hi Chris, Many thanks but not what I'm looking for. My hunch is that it needs to be a late 1980s design ideally Tales or later and not a river boat as I'm unlikely to do any river sailing.
I had Thunderclap new. Fantastic boat, in my view a better hull shape than Honeymoon but all depends on condition and price. Good luck whatever you choose.