Merlin fact sheet
Designer, Builder and First owner: Bill Lee
Launch February 1977
Sail number 8955
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
Fixed keel replaced with canting keel in 1997
Canting keel replaced with fixed in 2016
Bill and Lu Lee are the 8th owners
Transpac 2017 -
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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.
Found in a shed in Milwaukee WI.
New bulb keel ready to install.
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