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Old 25-11-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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Merlin`s Infinity

Here`s a boat that promised so much,yet in 1989 seem to fade from the scene with only 4th place finishes.
Designed by Harry Schoell,the man who also designed Don Aronow`s boats,it was fitted with Ford Merlin diesels,which were once considered for Roger Fletcher`s `Debenhams` before Sabres were selected.
`Down Undies`an Aussy boat driven by Robert Voges at the Atlantic City Worlds had the Merlins fitted to a Lear hull (Apache copy),but he too couldn`t keep pace with Roger Fletcher in `Diesel Dancer`(ex-Abo).
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Old 26-11-2010, 01:04 PM   #2
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I recall "Down Undies" after Robert Voges brought it back to the Gold Coast in 1990. It was a lovely looking boat (37 ft I recall) but the Merlins were absolute hand grenades. The boat rarely finished a race here and after a couple of years I think the engines were junked, with the boat converted to a pleasure cruiser.
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Wow, that boat looks sweet. Are there any other pics of it?
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Old 26-11-2010, 04:40 PM   #4
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I recall "Down Undies" after Robert Voges brought it back to the Gold Coast in 1990. It was a lovely looking boat (37 ft I recall) but the Merlins were absolute hand grenades. The boat rarely finished a race here and after a couple of years I think the engines were junked, with the boat converted to a pleasure cruiser.
Thanks for that.I wondered what happened to it after the 1989 Worlds.

BTW has the AOPC website packed up.Seems there isn`t a website now for keeping abreast of Aussy Offshore racing.
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Old 26-11-2010, 04:42 PM   #5
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Wow, that boat looks sweet. Are there any other pics of it?
Haven`t managed to locate any others.Nothing seemed to be reported on it when it raced in 1989.
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Old 27-11-2010, 05:27 AM   #6
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Thanks for that.I wondered what happened to it after the 1989 Worlds.

BTW has the AOPC website packed up.Seems there isn`t a website now for keeping abreast of Aussy Offshore racing.
The Championships here have been renamed "Offshore Superboat Championships". For those who are interested I'll start a new thread with a link to the web site.
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Old 30-11-2010, 02:38 PM   #7
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That rounded stern is pig ugly. Shame because the basic hull design looks nice.
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That rounded stern is pig ugly. Shame because the basic hull design looks nice.
I like the shape of the stern but those wings...
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Totally agree Olli - what function did they perform?!!
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