The Reincarnation of Merlin - 36 Northern Bay

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  1. xbskt

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    So not much progress to report but an update anyway. The reverse gear has arrived. The container it was in missed the boat from Italy and it took a while to locate it and then get it on a boat and now it is here. A few more bits and pieces to collect and the repower and resurrection will continue.
    I had an expensive week. All in about 3 days I bought a Stidd Helm chair in black and chrome from Jim, a Double Stidd Helm chair in grey and black for Mrs. off Craigslist (thanks Regman99) and I got a BOGO on a pair of Mini Durabrites that were listed for about a hot minute. These were also graciously delivered to Nantucket by Regman99. Big thanks to him again.
    All this stuff is low mileage good condition and is much nicer gear than I had originally planned to flesh out the Merlin with but sometimes you got to pull the trigger on a deal when it happens.
    Merlin is next up at Cape Island Boats and I am looking forward to the process. Andy has been great to work with so far and I think we can put together a nice boat.
    Due to the high level of finish on the big Wesmac schedule has been delayed but that's ok with me as we still have the Crowley but are looking forward to selling her.
    It does however look like Merlin will stay at Cape Island for a new house and roughing out of the systems.
    We'll see how far it goes in this phase. Stidd in a basket 2.jpg seat and durabrites.jpg
     
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    Looking Good Jeff !!!! Don't ya just love when all the goodies come in and you know you got em for a good price ? :)
     
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    We had a nice visit with Andy today. The Wesmac and Flowers are moving along and we are next in. We talked at length about finish level, layout and systems. I am very comfortable with what he envisions as my vision for Merlins' reincarnation and it is noticable and nice that he listens to what the Mrs. wants. She doesn't have too many demands for this our "forever" boat but has a list of what she has never had but has always wanted. Something as simple as being able to see out the windows when she sits at the table in the salon but also have her feet rest on the floor. She is vertically challenged and a lot of her concerns stem from that. He seems to understand. She likes him a lot and that is a big bonus. With the reverse gear now fresh in from Italy Andy is only waiting for some misc. Yanmar pieces and for the Big Wesmac to be out the door and the repower phase will begin.
     

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    Can't wait to see the progress.
     
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    We are definitely excited to bring Merlin back to her once proud self.
    merlin.jpg
     
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    Well your starting with good bones and a reputation hard to beat. What's could be better than that !! :)
     
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    Jeff - Are you changing the trunk cabin proportions or windshield location at all or leaving those parts of her as-is?
     
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    Andy is top notch, and a gentleman to boot.
     
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    This story is really cool, just realized it was your project. Good stuff, looking forward to following the rest. She will have great lines with the short trunk.
     
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    We will leave the short trunk and current windshield/forward bulkhead location although Andy thinks the windshield will come off when he does a new house on her. I want to have an exaggerated rear overhang to keep the sun off my melon but also to keep the illusion of a lobster top in the silhouette. I trust Andy will get it right when the time comes.
    I've seen a boat online that is similar to what I have in mind.
    I'll look around on Google images and post it up.
     
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    Inside and moving forward. The Big Wesmac is done and a Flowers is in it's place.
    Merlin has taken the Flowers"s spot and away we go.
    She's in good hands.
     

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    Nice, keep us updated, looking forward to seeing the progress
     
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    Looking good. Nice deck hatches.
     
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    Gear is mounted on the CX500 and some needed repairs are happening on Merlin. They are getting shit done quick.
     

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    This is a really pleasurable thread to follow. As the days get shorter and leaves disappear, your pics and words are appreciated.
     
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    Glad to see all those deck hatches !!, Nothing is worst than having limited access to your systems. Although some folks have troubles with leaking hatches they can generally be fixed. Also like the Bulkhead mounted helm seat, makes it easier to wash the deck.
     
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    Stopped in at Cape Island Boats today and dropped off the new leftover shaft I found right here on Cape. That worked out great.
    Washrails are fixed as needed (not too bad considering how long this boat hauled traps) and coaming are in. Andy went with 6 inch and he was spot on. Mrs. is happy that she or the grandkids won't be going overboard. I can't say I love the look but it had to be done.
    The engine beds needed a little massaging but they have them notched, sistered and glassed in. Gelcoat to follow. Lots of grinding and figuring went into this work and I appreciate the effort. New mounts for the gear and Andy is threatening to put the motor in. I can't say enough about these guys. They are getting it done.
    I have a lot to be thankful for.
     

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    My Wesmac is over at Nauset, inside, new live well, tackle center, zipwakes, rear helm and then a bunch of smaller stuff. Forgot yours was a mile away! Next few times I go down I’ll swing over and take some pics of yours and post, Andy and crew are quick and always the gentlemen. Swing over to Nauset when you’re in Orleans next.
     
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    I have to agree on the look of the raised combing boards on the inside of the washrail, have never been a fan. But, safety is always #1 especially with little squids slipping around the cockpit. Looking forward to seeing this boat splash in the spring.
     
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    We went for a visit and I continue to be impressed by how much is getting done in such a short time.
    Raised coamings are done and don't look so bad now that they are faired and coated.
    More pictures to follow when I get home but here's a YouTube video for now.

     

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