1614

05/12/2013 19:33:24
peter horscroft
it has been intimated to me that 1614 that i have just bought is a "special" boat ::: can anyone help?? (also own 1067)
peter

06/12/2013 07:39:44
Robert Harris
According to the MR Year Book she's an Adur 7. In the early 1960s they were very competitive, I should know because I had the first one, no. 1502, in which my wife Helen and I had by far our best season in 1963 with 3rd in the Championships and 1st at Salcombe. They are still sought after for racing on the Thames where they can be competitive with modern kit.

06/12/2013 09:26:33
Chris
Peter:
Congratulations and welcome to the class. Have you had a chance yet to assess what kind of condition the boat is in? Fingers crossed that you can get her out on the water next year.
As per Robert’s comments, the Adur 7s are well sought after for river sailing and probably anywhere that frequent tacking is called for and planing conditions infrequent i.e. sheltered inland sailing. If you search this forum under 'Adur 7' you will find plenty of positive comments.
Best of luck with the boat.
Chris

06/12/2013 19:14:12
peter horscroft
Thank all for your comments : i couldn't take the chance of it being scrapped : picking it up monday : i'm told it is complete bar sails (if you hear of any suitable sails, i will be all ears) : i've also got 1067 which will be the priority - do you know of any distinguishing marks which will tell me who built that???
peter

06/12/2013 19:23:42
peter horscroft
her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

06/12/2013 20:19:34
Jim
"SHE" is a Jack Holt boat built by Holts to the Tequila design this information from the Year Book which when you join the association will give you this, and a lot of other information and distilled wisdom!

http://www.merlinrocket.co.uk/association.htm
07/12/2013 09:20:12
Robert Harris
1067 mentioned by Peter is the Holt 'Tequila'. I knew the design pretty well because my one time boss Rodney Collier had 'Tequila' and my late father, Harry Harris, had no. 945 'Jubilee'. They both sailed them at Minima Y.C. in the late 1950s.

07/12/2013 13:15:37
Robert Harris
This discussion takes me back more than 50 years.

Towards the end of the 1950s it seemed unlikely that Jack Holt would ever build another Championship winning boat. Nevertheless 'Jubilee' did look similar to my Proctor XI no. 1047 so we turned them upside alongside each other and they did look remarkably alike. Equipped with Proctor metal masts rather than the stiff wooden poles Jack supplied they might have been competitive but none of the top sailors would have been willing take the risk.

08/12/2013 18:56:59
Mervyn
Look forward to seeing you on our Vintage Circuit next year.

First race will be mid April, so I do hope that you will be able to come along with one of your beautiful boats.

10/12/2013 15:46:48
peter horscroft
thank you all for your comments and the encouragment ::: although i'm in my "late Teens" i've wanted a Merlin since forever - now i'm spoilt for choice - BUT i'm a newbie - so any help and advice will be eagerly sought

all done - 1614 is in better condition than i could have hoped (been kept under cover for at least 16yrs) all the Hull wants is rubbing down, a good coat of varnish and Decking (4mm??)

i'm inclined to do her first - is there any way i can get plans of any sort - and, i forgot to ask, does anyone know her name - and if i put
a picture on can you help with the make of the mast and boom??
peter

10/12/2013 16:15:53
Richard (3606)
According to the year book her name is Mitzi II.

12/12/2013 00:06:22
peter horscroft
thank you Richard - HMMMN - a name change looks to be indicated doesn't it
1067 went from "Visa" to "SingTheNightSong" - i'll have to think on this!!

25/03/2017 12:27:42
former whitstable pro
1614 begun life at Sussex Motor owned I think by the late Bernard Bush or Gary Durham

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