Re: [bolger] Re: Modest marina cruiser
- View SourceYes the design is now called "Merlin" .
My father built the first "Marina Cruiser" and called her Merlin.
After 10 years use he is now selling her (regretfully) as the 28' Bolger designed Lobster Boat he is building for the family is nearing completion.
I don't know of any other "Merlins".
Howard Stephenson <howardstephenson@...> wrote:
This has been one of my favourites since reading the chapter in
Boats with an Open Mind, which presents a fictional account of three
men taking it on a winter cruise. And that's Maine, not Florida. The
story was originally published in WoodenBoat. A few points:
* It's "Marina Cruiser" because it was designed as a substitute for
a summer cottage.
* It's shown rigged with a dipping lugsail.
* The 2-cyl 13-hp engine drives her at 6 1/2 kts.
* Mounting the engine so far forward is feasible because it's so
* Not using wheel steering provides mores space in the cockpit when
not under way, because the tiller can be unshipped.
* It's meant to be carvel-built on bent frames, a method that
Bolger has said (but not here) is the quickest and therefore the
cheapest way of professionally building a one-off hull of this type.
That may no longer be true, given shortages of that kind of skill
and suitable timber.
* My guess is that these days a boat designed for the same purpose
would have outboard power because it would be a lot cheaper and
better in other ways.
Yours is a great rendition, Bruce. You've shown an upright
windscreen instead of the raked one drawn by PCB. As its styling is
meant to imitate the motor cruisers of the 1920s, your version seems
to be appropriate.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bruce Hallman" <bruce@...> wrote:
> It goes without saying, wow, this is a really desirable boat!
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