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Re: CS 36 T vs. CS 36 Merlin
I've had my Merlin for 3 years. My rating in the PNW is 147. (4C55) (My genoa is a bit small due to the roller furling)
We're generally a light air venue.
Never sailed with a 36T.. I would suspect that the 36T is faster upwind than me and that the Merlin is faster downwind, as the Merlin's bottom is flatter..
I've wondered why my handicap is as high as it is.. I suspect it's because, from what I can tell, very few Merlins are raced, and those that are raced are probably not that good at it (including myself).. which will affect the PHRF rating over time..
How's that for speculation?
At any rate, my Merlin is a joy to sail. Had a 6 hour spinnaker run yesterday, hitting a solid 8 knots for the last hour, with wind in the mid-teens.
1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"
"They drove a dump truck full of money up to my house. I'm not made of stone!" -Krusty the Clown