Life is a long story. Many chapters. Some full of hope and some telling of despair. Life has taught me that good things will happen to good people but also that unfortunately, bad things happen to good people as well. The fact that I own a 36 Northern Bay is a story with all those things wrapped up in one tale. Merlin is a well known boat around Nantucket. Commissioned by it's original owner to do one thing and do it well. Lobster fishing. The original owner did just that for a long time and was one of just a handful of commercial fisherman working out of the once great commercial port of Nantucket. After a long and storied career making a living from the sea, time and life caught up with Merlin and the owner. At the end Merlin sunk at her dock and her proud owner had gotten too sick to fish any longer. It is with great respect for the history of the boat, and with even more respect for the man and the family that I am committed to bringing her back to her former glory all while honoring their past. I was one of many people that had asked about the boat while she stood dormant. I did however at the time offer to help with the sale if it was not to be sold to me. I was worried the owner's wife would get screwed as she really knew not much of boats and she was now in charge of a desirable one. I told her I understood it was not easy but when she was ready to let Merlin go I would like to help if I could. I was taken back when she called some years later. As it turned out she had had many people call and several crassly offered very little money because it needed work. She asked if I was still interested and I of course said yes even though the Crowley still had wet paint on a refresh still not completed. She had no idea of how to proceed as the numbers she had gotten varied wildly. I told her I would get a survey and we would come to a fair market value and go from there. With the survey done we came to a price we both were happy with and I suddenly had the foundation of my dream boat and a new friend in the original owners wife. Not much to report yet. A lot of cleaning and removal of the old engine over the summer. In August Merlin was floated for the first time in 5 years and towed to the Cape and hauled out at Saquetucket Harbor. I consider myself very lucky to have gotten a slot at Cape Island Boats for the resurrection of Merlin. Andy is a great guy and he has been very helpful in figuring out how to go about bringing her back while making her ours all while paying respect to her past. Phase one will include repower and mechanical refresh of the running gear and thruhulls, temporary electronics, rodholders and closing the transom in. Phase two will include putting a full top on her, electronics, generator and AC Phase three will be down below. Berth, proper head and shower etc. Layout TBD I like the short lobster top trunk so that will stay and I am planing on replacing everything from the main bulkhead back. I know that Andy will get the proportions just right. Mrs. is after a not too big galley up layout for overnights and I want a big cockpit. Should be doable. Really happy Andy is onboard. He has a real good eye for Downeast boats and this one needs to look a certain way so it is what we want but is still easily recognizable as the Merlin. The story continues.