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Topic Review (Newest First)
04-28-2011 11:51 AM
gilfontes Anyone selling a Mercator please send all and any info to me as we are looking to buy. Thanks.
04-28-2011 11:46 AM
gilfontes Have fallen in love with these boats also. Please send any info you have gathered and certainly any listings.

Thanks
01-29-2011 08:01 PM
junaido As VundaKid indicated, go to the Yahoo group. See link in my earlier post on this thread. We have tons of pictures and some YouTube videos of various Mercators.
01-29-2011 06:01 PM
Vundakid
Mercator MkII

Hi takealoadofthis-
There has been a recent growth of Mercator owners @ yahoo groups, lots of pictures and info

It seems most are scattered across the NW

Hope that helps
01-29-2011 01:45 PM
takealoadofthis I'm a brand new sailor with no sailing experience but have had several power boats previously. I'm making the move to the green power, yeah it's about time i know! And I'm very interested in the Mercator since it's a decent size sailboat to start with and has blue water capabilities to go off-shore and possibly around the globe. It's also afordable compare to many other in its class however I have a hard time finding pictures/info on the interior of the boat such as cabin, dinnete, sette, head layout and looks. If any of you have any info and pictures, please let me know where I can find them.
Thanks,
J
11-01-2010 03:25 PM
jonathanhoskins What is the PHRF Ratng on a Mercator 30?
06-20-2010 02:55 AM
nathieseattle
Mercator for sale in Seattle

Hello, I'm having to let go of mine (Gemini Spirit) after a two year complete restoration of it. Great boat, I only cruised locally but it performed great, very solid boats. If anyone wants info on Mercators I have some and a fair amount of information about the one we rebuilt.

Its listed on Craigslist in Seattle if anyones interested.
05-22-2010 11:47 PM
junaido I just purchased a Mercator 30 "Billiken" last week. Hull # indicates date of manufacture as March 73. I really like the boat and am trying to get her ready for extended cruising. Information on these boats is rather scarce so please share any info you have on these boats. I have also started a Mercator forum on Yahoo for any owners and enthusiasts.


mercator30 : Mercator Offshore 30

Junaid
05-22-2010 10:47 AM
svloki Response to an old post.

I know some of the details of Brinestormer. My old boat (hull 14, Iris) was built with that boat as a sister ship. The two families built the interiors together at the Skoog place on Mercer Island back in 71-73.

Some funny history of those two early boats. They parked the two boats on the Skoog dock and Neil (the designer) supervised the wheelbarrow loads of lead scrap being loaded into the keel voids. They poured concrete over it all once he was happy with the way they sat in the water. I eventually glassed over it to make sure. The early hulls where actually laid up in 2-piece port and starboard molds. The halves got glassed together right down the middle. Sadly those beautiful old molds along with the deck molds where destroyed long ago.

I think most of the early hulls where fitted outside of the "factory" shop, by owners or other shipwrights. Many owners shared resources for rigging, parts and ideas, so there is a lot of similarity in the boats.

Well designed simple boats, very good performance for a cruiser. Initially tender, but like a rock after about 15 degrees of heel. Stable downwind. Very dry and safe in a large following sea. Points surprisingly well. The older spade rudder versions where a bit lighter and faster than the newer skeg rudder model, but the skeg rudder boats tracked better. After many years of hard sailing in mine I never had one structural problem with the boat.

Both Brinestormer and Iris did some remarkable passages over the years. Many other Mercators have cruised far and wide. I have lots of drawings, notes, and photos around if there is more interest. I sold mine in 2002, and bought a much larger boat. Sometimes miss the simplicity and ease of maintenance of Iris.

Fair winds,
Bruce
12-08-2009 01:29 AM
sailingsouth1
Mercator article

Hi Tom,

Can forward what I have scanned. It was inn an oversize magazine so had to scan it partial pages. W/ send in a couple of e mails. Hope you can paste pages together well enough to follow. And hope all pages are there. I have the original article back in Port Angeles and would have to see if I can find an oversize copier (no Kinkos up there). Meanwhile, Hope the article helps. Great boats. Have had mine for 25 years and have never been disappointed. W/ need your e mail address. Don't see a way to attach files from the forum.

Steve
sailingsouth@yahoo.com
andreason1@peoplepc.com
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