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Merlin Rocket

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Design

Name
Merlin Rocket
Designed / First built
1946

The Merlin Rocket is a 14 foot dinghy sailed in the United Kingdom. It is an active class, now with over 3700 boats built. The boat designed around a box rule, meaning that all class boats need to be within a certain length and width, but can be any shape. This allows for quick modernization of the class. The great advantage to this is quick adoption to new technology and the ability to change a boat to a person's weight and ability. Although the rules allow for many sail plans, many modern Rockets have similar sails. Most have a high batten allowing for a large roach in the sail. Although the rules are open, they are not unlimited. Use of a Trapeze is forbidden in this class. When competing in a mixed fleet, the Merlin Rocket uses a Portsmouth Yardstick handicap of 1002 in the RYA scheme and 77.9 in the US Sailing scheme.

Build / Config

Rig type
Symetric
Vessel type
Monohull

Rating / Handicap

Portsmouth
1002
P-DN
77.9
Number of crew
2 (typical)

Dimensions

Length (overall)
4.27m
Beam
2.18m

Sails

Sail area (total)
14 m2
Main sail area
7.06 m2
Spinnaker area
10.0 m2
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