Trailing dimensions of a Merlin
Does anybody know height, width and length of a merlin on a standard trailer? Looking at booking a ferry for Carnac and they all want to know. Guess it is height of mast above car, length from tow hitch to stern, width I guess is 2.3m.
The Merlin will be 14ft long but is there such a thing as a standard trailer? My previous merlins fitted easily in the garage but with my current standard winder trailer I have to unbolt the hitch to take a foot or so off the trailer length in front of the bow. Mast height (for towing) is often adjustable.
Mr Tape measure
Loading up to go to cork one year they were measuring every towed yacht boarding the ferry. Many people had 'forgotten' the bit between the front of the boat and the back of the car. The nice man from the ferry company wanted cash for that bit before you were going anywhere.
Rod & Jo
I confirm that we have never been measured, either on length or height.
I don't think anyone is trying to get away with anything, just get the form filled in - 5 meters is in fact 16.4 ft so would be about right. I think I've done about a dozen crossings in the last four or five years and never been checked not that I'm advocating giving incorrect information. Last time I was towing an RYA RIB, I didn't get to see the set-up until the day we left and had to take the RYA's best estimate of the length.