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by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jun 24, 2010 11:46 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 10762

Re: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950

Advice taken on board and ruminated upon. However this is what I am going to do, for better or worse. I am go to strip the deck back and try the G4 - now ordered. I have a couple of soft spots that I hope will be firmed up by it and I have to get those cracks stabilized. I will then top it off with ...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Merlin Rocket bits - 950
Replies: 39
Views: 9806

Re: Merlin Rocket bits - 950

The top set of 'spreaders' point forward and form a diamond shape with the wire. If that is any help.

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:11 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 10762

Re: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950

Thanks Chris.

I can see your advice is going to be very useful for this project. You had better check the wanted section :D

I will google G4 and see if I can stretch my budget to it. The though of being able to put on many coats quickly does sound appealing

Cheers

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: Boats and bits wanted
Topic: Merlin Rocket bits - 950
Replies: 39
Views: 9806

Merlin Rocket bits - 950

On inspection last night I have discovered that I have a few broken or missing bits. If anyone has any of the following spare, to give/sell I would be most appreciative: 1. One of my long yellow crewsaver bouyancy bags is actually a mast float, something I only discovered when I pulled it out from u...
by Stephen Hawkins
Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 10762

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"! I whole heartedly agree. However since spending the best part of 3 hours last night tring to flat down the existing varnish on the topsides I am almost of the oppinion...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!
Replies: 10
Views: 3609

Re: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!

I have just Insured with Towergate Mardon on their Gold policy. This covers towing, racing both at club and open events. [urlhttp://www.towergatemardon.co.uk/dinghy-insurance.aspx][/url] I initially found this link via the RYA site. It would seem that the Merlin Rocket has now moved up to Group 5 an...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Jun 23, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!
Replies: 10
Views: 3609

Re: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!

I have just had a quote of £51.00 from another insurer, Towergate Mardon. I will try Bishop Skinner shortly, by telephone, but their online quote was £85 - just done this and they have amended their quote to £123! I have been insuring cheap/slow boats and of course I was slightly ill-prepared for in...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!
Replies: 10
Views: 3609

Insurance - Merlin Rocket - Oh dear!

All, I just rang Newton Crum, who I have both my other dinghy's insured with, only to be told that they will not insure a Merlin Rocket, irrespective of age. Probably too many broken carbon masts. So I looked at the web, and found another web based insururer and was quoted £85, which I thought was a...
by Stephen Hawkins
Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 10762

Re: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950

Okay, Well I picked here up last night, quite a road trip and did not get back into to Swindon until 10.45pm. So what have I got for my money? I shall start with the bad points: 1. The deck is covered with thousands of longitudenal cracks in the varnish. For some reason the new varnish has failed. I...
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 10762

Re: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950

For constant wind, perhaps a curry is in order. :shock:

Lake sailor's song:

Sails, centreboard, balance, trim, course made good. Sails centreboard, balance, trim, course made good. Sails, etc.

No time for conversation, the wind has changed.

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: Banter
Topic: My legs still hurt...BB
Replies: 6
Views: 3544

My legs still hurt...BB

Looks like I m not really fit enough for this sailing malarky.

My thighs are still aching from Bough Beech - its making ascending/descending stairs particularly arduous.....

...What a 'girls blouse'!

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 10762

Re: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950

Yes well, its typical conditions at South Cerney as well. Its caused quite a stir with the few people I have talked to at the club as well, I think I might have a few members being especially nosey when I take it up there this weekend. I will have to get the spinnaker sorted as well...And insurance....
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:22 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 10762

Re: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950

I hope to have a month or two to try and get to grips with it. You never know if there is a suitable venue that is not too far away, then you might see me before the end of the season.

Cheers

Steve Hawkins
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:58 pm
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 10762

Re: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950

Well, we will see what we have got when I get it home. I am going down tomorrow night to Okehampton to pick it up straight from work. 2 and half hours there, and 2 and a half back. Should be back by midnight. Then I can have a play around and a practice rig on the drive. Should have her wet by the w...
by Stephen Hawkins
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:15 am
Forum: Boat Chat
Topic: Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950
Replies: 52
Views: 10762

Moving Quickly Along - Merlin 950

I seem to be the new (prospective) owner of 950. The ebay auction was odd in that although someone else did bid they gave up after equalling my maximum bid. Hey ho :? So after having learnt that possibly a Proctor mkVIII is not perhaps one of the favourite Merlin marks, I now own one :roll: I also n...