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Restoration of the year 2013

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Topic: Restoration of the year 2013
Posted By: rogerd
Subject: Restoration of the year 2013
Date Posted: 12 Dec 12 at 6:56pm

Classic Boat have now announced the shortlist for their restoration of the year. It is mostly very beautiful yachts whih have had enormous amounts of money thrown at them.

There is however one dinghy nominated in the European under 40ft section. It is Gently Merlin 16 which was Jack Holts own boat and the Merlin that still holds the record for the most championship wins.
She had been stored for years but Mervyn Allen and Chris Barlow, both active Merlin sailors and very active in the classic dinghy scene, worked over the last few years to get her restored and relaunched for the Holt centenary earlier this year.
Please take a few minutes to vote. Obviously we would like you to vote for Gently but if you must vote for something stunningly beautiful worth millions and restored professionally in a foreign boatyard.
There is a slideshow of Chris` work on the Merlin forum under the title Gently does it, or on the cvrda forum under restoration of the year.
Heres the link -

Posted By: rogerd
Date Posted: 13 Dec 12 at 8:59am
Slideshow of the work in progress.
Note the ply panels were intended for Mosquito aircraft and still have MOD stamps on them also some of Jacks sketches on them including what looks like a plan to get the most out of one sheet of ply. -

Posted By: Pierre
Date Posted: 13 Dec 12 at 12:21pm
Great photos Roger. Thanks for that.
The chaps certainly know what they are doing with wood don't they.
Lovely job

Posted By: rogerd
Date Posted: 13 Dec 12 at 4:51pm
Thanks Pete.
Chris Barlow did most of the wood work. I helped with a bit of rivetting.
Chris certainly knows what he is up to. His business is making harpsichords, harps and restoring 400 year old piano forte`s. You can see some of his work hiding under dustsheets in the workshop.
 A very skilled and modest man who gives freely(well in exchange for a jar or two) of his time and expertise.

Posted By: patj
Date Posted: 13 Dec 12 at 7:43pm

A very skilled and modest man who gives freely(well, in exchange for a jar or two) of his time and expertise.

Seconded - Chris has produced some beautiful restorations including our Merlin.
And he's very helpful, especially with glueing Hornets, Roger Wink
I've voted for Gently of course.

Posted By: Contender 541
Date Posted: 13 Dec 12 at 8:56pm
Absolute thing of beauty
Well done one and all - I voted for Gently of course

When you find a big kettle of crazy it's probably best not to stir it - Pointy Haired Boss

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Posted By: rogerd
Date Posted: 14 Dec 12 at 8:15am
The competition out there is pretty stiff so please encourage all your friends to vote. My brother has kindly mailed all his sailing club membership.

Posted By: Pierre
Date Posted: 14 Dec 12 at 10:15am
Voted. Hurrah !!!

Good luck Gently, and great to see a true craftsman out there.
Great rivetting Rog. Fabulous work.
Chris's woodwork's not bad either Wink

Posted By: rogerd
Date Posted: 14 Dec 12 at 6:35pm

Posted By: rogerd
Date Posted: 11 Feb 13 at 4:26pm
5 days left to vote.

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