Definition

What is a Merlin Rocket

Hull:
At 14ft by 7ft 2ins, the modern boats are very wide compared to other classes, giving maximum righting moment when hiking, without needing a trapeze. The earlier hull shapes were much narrower, when river sailing was a priority.

We are one of the few classes to stick with clinker construction (wood or plastic), making very beautiful boats, and no - that doesn't make them heavy!


Sails:
Mainsail shapes are very distinctive, with a long top batten giving extra area high up.
The rules allow for different sail plans but most new boats since the early 1990s have opted for what has become more or less a class 'standard'.

A large symmetric spinnaker gives exciting reaches, and allows running too - an important consideration on rivers and restricted water where asymmetrics cannot operate.


Spars:
Most boats launched in the last 15 years have deck stepped masts and are rigged with systems that easily allow the mast rake to be adjusted under way, so the boat is always well balanced. (The newest boats have a single string that controls the rake and adjusts all the relevant controls at once!)

The top crews opt for carbon fibre to keep weight right down, but most boats have aluminium spars. Twin spinnaker poles are normally used, stowed along the boom.


Sailors:
A few 'household' names have been heavily involved with the class, from Jack Holt who designed the first Merlin in 1946, through Beecher Moore, Spud Rowsell, Phil Morrison, Ian Proctor, Jon Turner, John Oakley and Lawrie Smith.

Looking around todays fleet, you will notice many more female crews than in other classes, plus a high proportion of husband/wife and parent/child combinations. Right from the start the class was designed to encourage this equality, and it also makes for better socials too!
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Itchenor Racing 3/4 October - all invited
George Yeoman28/09/2020 14:54:49 - 3471
Chairman Announcement
M.R.O.A. Committee 27/09/2020 17:50:41 - 5091
Merlin Rocket General Meeting 2020 Announcement
M.R.O.A. Committee26/09/2020 12:58:31 - Lou Johnson4131
Free! Proctor 9B centreboard
Team Downham24/09/2020 19:31:46 - Richard6063
Nationals 2021
Chris M16/09/2020 14:11:31 - Chris Martin11604
MROA EGM - 17/10/2020 at HISC
Chris Kilsby15/09/2020 13:26:45 - Matt 349416988
Event photos and reports
Lou Johnson14/09/2020 13:14:15 - 3981
Tamesis - De May & Thames Series opens - 19th September 2020
Joe McL14/09/2020 12:42:44 - Tammy Merlins3752
Is this a Merlin Rocket Emblem?
Eric12/09/2020 21:19:07 - Mark13913
Midlands Open Meeting
Mark Reddington11/09/2020 09:34:06 - Redders5902
Ranelagh Downriver Race - September 6th - Thames and de May Open
Frances Gifford09/09/2020 14:11:17 - Chris M, TSC.15218
paint - technical question
08/09/2020 20:15:15 - John B413913
Jib tack back and other upgrades
Steve M08/09/2020 08:13:02 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC10149
My name''s Martin and I''m a ......
Rousey05/09/2020 22:42:36 - NicW8355
3656 Wild Card FOR SALE
Olly Turner05/09/2020 10:35:17 - Olly Turner14285
UTSC Open De May and Thames Series 12th September 2020
Jeremy01/09/2020 12:14:52 - Chris Rathbone 4332
Lymington Town Sailing Club Merlin Rocket Open 29 - 30 August
Louise Johnson31/08/2020 08:59:44 - Jemma 3704160013
MR 2720
28/08/2020 00:54:50 - Jerry Ibberson101114
URGENT - UPDATE ON RUDDER FENCES
Dan Alsop, Class Technical Officer25/08/2020 14:26:33 - Antony Gifford5602105
What boat numbers are competitive?
22/08/2020 22:48:01 - Stuart Bates291023
Plans for 2021 Season
M.R.O.A. Committee19/08/2020 12:28:55 - 4961
Inland Championships Bala - Cancelled
M.R.O.A. Committee14/08/2020 12:09:06 - 3471
Itchenor event w/c 8 August - thoughts?
George Yeoman13/08/2020 18:40:28 - George Yeoman111177712
Committee Vacancy for the role of Honary Treasurer
Martin Smith10/08/2020 18:08:42 - Martin Smith4311
Sailing a Merlin 2 people different households
Logan07/08/2020 14:33:44 - Louise Johnson197519
Proposal to amend the Owners’ Association Rules
Chris Kilsby06/08/2020 11:53:33 - Chris Kilsby7077
Ian Garwood
Chris M04/08/2020 13:49:22 - Stephen Crowder 418928
Silver Tiller Cancelled
M.R.O.A. Committee03/08/2020 21:01:48 - Richard4223
Merlin 3560 LUKA
Stuart Jenkins29/07/2020 20:13:10 - Stuart J4391
Latest mag
Tim Medcalf MR59629/07/2020 17:02:29 - Chris144119
Salcombe years gone by
RC371526/07/2020 19:28:53 - RC37154392
Race your Merlin in Barbados
Paul Hollis21/07/2020 18:48:57 - Andy Jones399430
Apparent wind
Logan21/07/2020 16:22:24 - Rousey5428
East Lothian champs dates
Logan19/07/2020 23:09:27 - Pat Blake4495
Adur 3
Tim Medcalf16/07/2020 08:27:01 - David Seer216814
1963 Merlin rocket
Tim Clothier15/07/2020 14:32:33 - Former Whitstable Pro9922
Spinnaker Poles for sale?
Carl Mayhew08/07/2020 11:03:39 - Ben Green6085
Spinnakers for sale?
Carl Mayhew04/07/2020 20:04:29 - Frances Gifford4152
Getting Back on the water RYA
RC371503/07/2020 13:13:08 - 5031
Scamming sales enquiry ?
Rob Hatley01/07/2020 23:05:59 - Loz7223
rules, i love rules.
Matt 349430/06/2020 17:51:14 - Jo & rod sceptical125914
Ken Lawton sad news
Colin26/06/2020 12:07:54 - David Greening6362
Links around the website
Rousey 363426/06/2020 11:55:09 - Martin Smith4282
Shoreham ST cancellation
William Warren 24/06/2020 12:22:55 - 7141
2002 merlin rules
Ezi dave24/06/2020 11:10:43 - Stuart Bates8165
Poole Week
JonCG18/06/2020 20:52:45 - 5251
One String System
Ainslie French16/06/2020 16:34:46 - Ainslie French136422
New jib Bar
Matt13/06/2020 08:16:02 - Chris Martin7345
Fly Guy Sail Nos 3312
Paul Good11/06/2020 10:18:54 - Stuart Bates8704
Problems with Coast & Country Cottages booking for Merlin Week
Keith Callaghan05/06/2020 19:25:09 - Jo Haworth184826
Minima YC De May & Thames Series Event CANCELLED.
Stuart Jenkins02/06/2020 14:28:30 - Stuart J117751
Tenby Championships - Cancelled
MROA Committee01/06/2020 21:31:31 - 7241
Merlin 3009/3911
William Grime01/06/2020 20:52:14 - David Greening8169
Silver Tiller Questionnaire
M.R.O.A. Committee01/06/2020 09:23:00 - MROA Committee5802
Free sails
Chris Grosscurth31/05/2020 11:05:56 - Grozzer8134291
Free sails
Chris Grosscurth31/05/2020 10:51:25 - Grozzer8133111
Masts
Timothy Rogers23/05/2020 21:42:10 - Richard B12669
Mainsheet hoop track
Timothy Rogers23/05/2020 21:15:49 - Gareth Griffiths NHRC8507
Merlin Rocket National Championships Update
MROA Committee23/05/2020 00:25:47 - Martin Smith240816
What we are missing this weekend
Andrew Mills22/05/2020 09:20:17 - Andrew Mills4411
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