Rowsell Omega NSM1
Are these boats any good, against, say an NSM2? In particular a late build Ovington NSM2 for a bit more money (£300 more)? Anyone got any experience of them and what to look out for? Trying to add a budget boat to the Scottish fleet...
Thanks Richard, the one I'm looking at is on the for sale list and I'll hopefully go and see it in the next week or 2. From what I can see it needs a bit of work, but it might be a gokd budget boat to add to the Scottish fleet. The guy who is selling it said it goes well in a breeze?
Bought one a couple of years ago for pocket money and still have it. Great first Merlin unless you are expecting to compete seriously. About as bullet proof as they get so have a good look around and get the seller to put it in the water to check for leaks before you part with your money. If anything much needs replacing it's probably not worth having as the cost of replacing parts will soon outstrip the purchase price,
One thing that you do not get in an omega foam sandwich hull is leaks!!
I would think that by the time the FRP boats arrived the NSM had been succeeded by the NSM II for heavies and a resurgence in the Summer Wine for medium to light weight crews leaving it a little in limbo. Also the ever critical sailing public were harshly critical of the different construction which was only partially justified.
The Ovington NSM2 I was offered was on for £700 but the decks are all crazed, and there is no trailer, cover or Spin poles. I think it may need some new ropes and things too given that it's been sitting uncovered out in the open. The same boat was for sale last year for £500 incl a carbon rig, but it would be sold with a tin one.