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by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Thames event
Replies: 15
Views: 6670

Re: Thames event

Mark,

We have never met, but I have a footie in my garage.

Built from plastic card. Have to dust it off soon and see if it still works!

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:01 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: MR 950 Shake down.
Replies: 22
Views: 4210

Re: MR 950 Shake down.

Believe me, if I can avoid taking the centreboard case out, I will. I have sorted my rudder, except I have decided I want a rubber universal joint for the tiller. I have ordered another Crewsaver bag, so I can give Rupert his spare back.... Rupert is now in possession of the jib halyard he gave me, ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:28 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: MR 950 Shake down.
Replies: 22
Views: 4210

Re: MR 950 Shake down.

Chris and all, That sounds interesting. I am not able to sail the weekend coming, so it should give a chance to dry out a bit. I think I will carefully tighten the pivot bolt (only by a turn) and then put some runny superglue into the crack, and then back the pivot bolt off by two or more turns and ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:34 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: MR 950 Shake down.
Replies: 22
Views: 4210

Re: MR 950 Shake down.

All, So what are my options for the solid centreboard case fix for: 1. The rest of this year. Bodge tape will only do until I bring her back for the deck varnish. In a month or so. 2. A more resilient fix that will last until I pull her apart. Could be years... 3. If and when a full strip is in orde...
by Stephen Hawkins
Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: MR 950 Shake down.
Replies: 22
Views: 4210

MR 950 Shake down.

Okay boys and girls, I took her fora sail on Saturday. Seems to go quite nicely, even with her original sails up. Even the kicker drum thingy worked well, as I had the rope threaded along side the port centreboard case, using what I asume is the spinnaker halyard bullseyes and cleats, etc. To that e...
by Stephen Hawkins
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:29 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Another Merlin Rocket on ebay
Replies: 11
Views: 3882

Another Merlin Rocket on ebay

Here she is:

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_trks ... Categories

Down in Cornwall though, which will add a significant amount to the eventual purchase price when fuel for pickup is added.

Cheers

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Historic Merlin
Replies: 3
Views: 1845

Re: Historic Merlin

Thought I would bring this up as the mast seems familiar.

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Gently - Mast - Chris
Replies: 2
Views: 847

Gently - Mast - Chris

Chris, I was routing around trying to find a reference to the mast that I have fitted to 950. It looks very like the mast you had when you got hold of Gently. I am refering to a post from last year. I am just curious if you still have it, and does it still have the top diamond fitted. Cheers Steve h
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: The Merlin Rocket Book
Replies: 22
Views: 7288

Re: The Merlin Rocket Book

Well,

It must be difficult to write a book with every other person telling what needs to be in it! :wink:

Look forward to seeing it.

Cheers

Steve H
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:31 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: The Merlin Rocket Book
Replies: 22
Views: 7288

Re: The Merlin Rocket Book

On a personal note, perhaps we can get a mention of all the Proctor Mks as well. The only information I have gleaned about the mk VIII is what has been stated here on this forum. A Mk6 with a bit more Rocker? I.e. A boat designed for restricted water. Not campaigned by any of the leading crews. Not ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: The Merlin Rocket Book
Replies: 22
Views: 7288

The Merlin Rocket Book

Just got a copy from the local library in Swindon.

Nice to some good bedtime reading...
:D
..Still have to give it back though in 3 weeks....
:cry:

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Merlin Rocket bits - 950
Replies: 39
Views: 9806

Re: Merlin Rocket bits - 950

Here is the plan then: 1. Run as is with wire. 2. If I do not get on with it, that replace wire with 'modern' rope/cord. 3. If that still does not work, look at other options. I would prefer for it to work as it is a fair lump on the bottom of the mast that looks difficult to remove. And I hate carr...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Merlin Rocket 950 - Time for a rub down
Replies: 11
Views: 2119

Re: Merlin Rocket 950 - Time for a rub down

All, Sheave fitted - a fine bit of bodgery. Also rudder stripped and sanded. Split 'superglued'. Now ready to varnish tonight. It will only get a couple of coats by the weekend. But I can always bring it back and give it another one or two afterwards. I will start putting the fittings back on the hu...
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Merlin Rocket 950 - Time for a rub down
Replies: 11
Views: 2119

Re: Merlin Rocket 950 - Time for a rub down

Cheers Rupert, I laid the jib halyard against the mast - down the side of the house, but have not yet connected a jib to it yet so I do not really know how far out I am yet with it. But no doubt I will be ringing you up next week, for an appointment with your mate...and his tools...Oooer! In the mea...
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:31 am
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Merlin Rocket 950 - Time for a rub down
Replies: 11
Views: 2119

Re: Merlin Rocket 950 - Time for a rub down

Well, I did wipe her down with white spirit and the let it dry the night before and then put a cover over her and she got another wipe down in the morning. Perhaps I should have done it again, with something like acetone that morning before I started, thereby not leaving such a gap between wipe down...