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by Ancient Geek
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:33 am
Forum: Banter
Topic: THAT DB5....
Replies: 5
Views: 3166

Re: THAT DB5....

My first proper non parental crew was Richard Mossip who had the production version of this from new (Quite a stir at Merlin Rocket opens with two Astons in the car park the other belonging to Robin Judah.) he moved to America and took it with him where he ran it as his car untill he sadly died too ...
by Ancient Geek
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:28 am
Forum: Banter
Topic: 12 sq Metre Sharpies
Replies: 9
Views: 6811

Re: 12 sq Metre Sharpies

An excelleny example of a traditional class moving with the times, more seen in keelboats classes than dinghies sadly.
by Ancient Geek
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:07 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Identification - USA boat
Replies: 18
Views: 6072

Re: Identification - USA boat

The Olympic monotype - at least in my picture of Peter Scott winning his 1936 Bronze Olympic medal is round bilged, going back to when God was young I recall a couple of University Team Races in Chesapeak and Buzzards Bays in the US of A in similar Cat (Una.) Rigged Boats the wide flatish bottoms ri...
by Ancient Geek
Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Viking dinghy
Replies: 9
Views: 4211

Re: Viking dinghy

Jon the chine boat looks rather like an Oulton Gull of blessed memory too!
by Ancient Geek
Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: 12 sq Metre Sharpies
Replies: 9
Views: 6811

Re: 12 sq Metre Sharpies

Or as Keith Shackleton said will sail on wet grass!
by Ancient Geek
Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Merlin Rocket bits - 950
Replies: 39
Views: 10440

Re: Merlin Rocket bits - 950

Well 1. You can still buy the bags from various manufacturers and sources second hand ones can be found The Boat Barge at Burseldon Bridge is a gold mine of out of date stuff that one had long forgotten worth a call. 2. Your little plasic wheel the nautical term is sheave and you can source this fro...
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Banter
Topic: 12 sq Metre Sharpies
Replies: 9
Views: 6811

12 sq Metre Sharpies

Brilliant class CVRDA-able every one, I think, but updated as they go and raced hard. http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/?article=152444 Jon would be good if you could recruit a few for Oulton Week. I remember we used to get a couple in the early 60's. They are heavy and have on rails directional...
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:28 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 11428

Re: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950

Don'r panic Captain Mainwaring! A racing dinghy sailed primarily on fresh water and covered when not in use is hardly "marine use"!
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!
Replies: 10
Views: 3785

Re: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!

Insurers like evryone else have a business to run and if costs of repairs, replacements and value increase as inflation rises (It is on an accelerating curve across the world.) and claims frequency rises then premiums will rise too. Doubtless clubs will be sensative to their members situations and h...
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!
Replies: 10
Views: 3785

Re: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!

Try this no idea if its any good.
http://www.insuremyboat.co.uk/?mkcode=g ... 4wod8iA36g
There are several past and present Merlin Rocket Sailors who insure racing dinghies and sadly for the premiums do understand the risk!
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:25 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!
Replies: 10
Views: 3785

Re: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!

Sadly it's the claim for everything culture, especially prevalent in the Merlin Class often posted and boasted on their web site, which has put premiums up, underwriters do read web sites too, frankly third party only is a practical way to go, for low value boats, unless like Garry you are a careful...
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Cotton sails
Replies: 6
Views: 1636

Re: Cotton sails

Chris is of course correct but if unpicked in advance with a "quickunpick" and then frankly give a sailmakers palm and needles it's not beyond anyone to do a passable job of remaking it replacing the luff wire with some 1X19 rather than the galvanised - plastic covered it will almost certainly be, y...
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Cotton sails
Replies: 6
Views: 1636

Re: Cotton sails

Of course it is, Jeckylls at Worxham would almost certainly do it though what they would charge is anybody's guess, the man to speak to at Jeckylls is Graham Leech former Flying Dutchman, Enterprise and Merlin Rocket sailor. Failing that Ratseys at Cowes might be persuaded but not until the autumn! ...
by Ancient Geek
Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:03 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 11428

Re: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950

Was that because you found the wind steady after Shearwater, or because you didn't notice the shifts?