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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

Thanks for the input, guys. I suspected there wasn't much I could do about the bimini/dodger configuration and it appears that I'm unfortunately right. The boat does have a full enclosure I can use but only when the boom is shackled out on the toe rail.

As for the tacking angles discussion, I'm not a racer of any sort... and I have the wing keel as well, but I've been pretty happy with the boat's performance. In any case, I have a short list of issues to address before I decide how tightly she can tack comfortably.

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Thanks for the input, guys. I suspected there wasn't much I could do about the bimini/dodger configuration and it appears that I'm unfortunately right. The boat does have a full enclosure I can use but only when the boom is shackled out on the toe rail.

As for the tacking angles discussion, I'm not a racer of any sort... and I have the wing keel as well, but I've been pretty happy with the boat's performance. In any case, I have a short list of issues to address before I decide how tightly she can tack comfortably.

Cheers!

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Hey, this thread is a bit old, but the body of knowledge for Merlins is so small that I figured I ought to contribute to it. I've attached a picture of our boat the shows the layout of the bimini and dodger. Our traveler is mounted on the bridge deck, so that bimini can be a bit longer than those of you with the traveler mounted at the binnacle. We also have a zip-in piece of canvas to connect the bimini and dodger that can be used when the mainsheet is moved over to the toe rail. Obviously that will only work when not under sail.
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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

Looks good

Who made it for you and how happy were you with them?

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Hi Lee,
Unfortunately I have no idea. Probably someone in Ontario, as it was done by the previous owner. If I'm able to dig up that info I'll post it here.
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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

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Looks good

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If anyone's looking for canvas work in the Toronto area give Island Canvas a shout. Abby (Island Canvas) just made me a new dodger. Excellent work, good price and no delays. (canvas folks are notorious for not delivering on time).

NeverMonday I've had my Merlin since it was built in 1988. I watched it being built, used to visit the factory every weekend. If you have any questions pm me.

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NeverMonday I've had my Merlin since it was built in 1988. I watched it being built, used to visit the factory every weekend. If you have any questions pm me.
Rick - Fantastic! Not many folks out there with that body of knowledge. I don't have any questions, but I'm sure I'll be in touch in the future. Thank you very much.


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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

It appears that this thread is pretty old however for what it's worth we have had a Merlin for a season now, shoal draft 5'4 135 % Genoa and my tacking angles are about 100 degrees. I thought it would be closer.
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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

Pinnacle,

You are right - it is an old thread, but I still follow it.

I've had my merlin for 3 years now and am still learning how to sail it quickly. One major factor for me was the use of the main. My prior boat was a CS 27 where the main was a very small contributor to upwind performance, but in the Merlin, it plays a much bigger role.

I have the cockpit traveller set up and factory mainsheet and find that for upwind I have to use the boomvang to control twist, and the car at the highest position to keep the boom on the centreline. Once I've got that set, then I use the traveller to ease off if I get overpowered, which seems to happen very easily.

The other key seems to be boat speed. I have the hydrokeel and if I pinch the boat, the keel is less effective and does not "pull" the boat to windward, so I foot a little, get the speed up and then the boat points

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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

Hi Lee
I know what you mean about the main, My Boats a 90 with the traveller on the coach roof, which if you can imagine the main sheet is in the first 1/3 of the boom, so I have relied heavily on the boom vane to control the main. Seems to work pretty good. Like I said I seem to tack through about 100 degrees. As far a downwind I have learned to do chicken jibes, couldn't imagine jibing the main the way it's set up, something would surely break. I do love the way she sails. Second seasons coming up in a few months so I'm sure I'll probably slow her down. Lol
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Re: CS36 Merlin Bimini/Dodger Configuration

89 Wing Keel Merlin here....

Upwind the boat is a bit sticky and takes a bit of concentration and feel to get it to get above 100 apw. One thing we discovered is that the backstay is quite powerful. There were many times we would feel we were not sailing as high and fast as we should be and would find out that we were over backstayed. The boat can be a bit finicky to balance and like s to be sailed quite flat.

We also now have brand new Tri radial sails (M & G) They help alot

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