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Merlin fact sheet


Designer, Builder and First owner:  Bill Lee

Launch     February 1977

Sail number      8955

Course Records:   

Transpac, Los Angeles to Honolulu  July 1977

San Diego to Manzanillo, Mexico  February 1978

Victoria BC to Maui, Hawaii   July 1978

Pacific Cup, San Francisco to Hawaii    July 1980

Windjammer, San Francisco to Santa Cruz  September 1983  (still stands)

Only the hull is original:

 2nd complete deck and deckhouse, painted hull blue:

                  These changes made it almost unrecognizable from the original

 2nd interior

 3rd keel

 4th mast

 4th engine

 4th rudder

Keel changes:

Fixed keel replaced with canting keel in 1997

Canting keel replaced with fixed in 2016

Current owners:

Bill and Lu Lee are the 8th owners


Transpac 2017 - 40th anniversary of the course record

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This is how she looked when new, and for the 1977 Transpac ..

This is NOT clear, but is a very famous photo taken about 8 hours before the course record finish. The course record stood for 20 years.

Circa 2008-2012

Found in a shed in Milwaukee WI.

New bulb keel ready to install.

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