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My interest in designing (and building) Merlin Rockets* began in 1965, when I contacted the then top designer in the Class, Ian Proctor, with a view to obtaining a set of plans for DIY building. He declined the request, as he wanted to support the professional boatyards.
So I borrowed a book on yacht design from the library, and set about designing my first Merlin Rocket. I was 19 at the time.
..... Hebron was launched in 1966.
* 'Merlin Rocket' is a trade mark of the Royal Yachting Association.
20th CENTURY DESIGNS...
FOUR RUNNER (1972)
The move to liberalise the construction rules (1972-1973) - the 4-plank Merlin
How the first phase of my Merlin Rocket design career ended (1977))
HAZARDOUS series: 21st century Merlin Rocket designs
The National Merlin Rocket has an active Owners' association. Visit their website at http://www.merlinrocket.co.uk/
For details of the early history of the Merlin Rocket dinghy, see "The First 6 Years".
NEW FOR 2012: Library of Technical drawings.
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This section is dedicated to my friends Ian Perkin and Alf & Joan Darlison, who sailed Merlin Rockets with me at the Up River Yacht Club (1966-1973), but who are no longer with us. Their enthusiasm and encouragement was fundamental to my enjoyment of my early years in those delightful dinghies.
Last updated 5 June 2014