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MERLIN - advice


Merlin's mast and boom are "plugged" with polyurethane foam, and halyards are outside the mast, in order to prevent the yacht from turning bottom up after capsizing; this may however happen if the whole crew climbs on the capsized hull etc. The whole cockpit stays above the water and remains dry after the boat is raised up again. Immediately after capsizing, check if all crew is there and if they wear lifejacket. Then, you can start to raise the boat - a job easy enough for one person, if he/she follows the instructions below:
  1. Throw the upper sheet of the foresail over the hull near the centreboard
  2. Attach one end of the moor to the front cleat and attach its other end to yourself with a bowline knot: after you put Merlin up, she may sail away at good speed
  3. Pull the foresail sheet setting your legs against the bottom or the submerged side flange and standing upright, while the other person may help by pushing the centreboard down)
  4. The yacht will rise slowly in a matter of seconds
  5. Climb on the Merlin - the best place to do it is on the fore deck just before the shroud: the bow is easier to push down, mast is there to get the hold of it and the boom is away and will not hit you on the head.
Try to rehearse yacht raising in favourable weather conditions, to see how easy it can be with a bit of practice.


Storing the Yacht for Winter

Merlin generally needs no maintenance work, but you might want to wash the hull and wax it with special agents for laminated surfaces or with car wax. The best way to store the yacht is to use our standard stand which provides appropriate support for the hull. The inspection cover should be twisted off and covers of the forepeak and afterpeak should be slightly open. The ideal place for winter storage is a shed, where it is enough to cover the yacht with a sheet of painters' foil to keep dust away. Storage in the open is less safe; the yacht should be covered with thick canvas or foil cover and fasten them well so that the wind cannot blow them away. The cover should not touch the deck; arrange some boards or logs to provide enough air flow and decline for the water to drip down. Keep cats and other animals away. Dry the rig and ropes thoroughly and keep them loosely folded in a dry and warm place. Roll foil around the mast and boom. Place the mast without fixing it on two supports approx. 3,5 m from each other, or hang it under the ceiling on hooks placed at the same distance.