Vessel Type Custom Built Fractional Sloop Name Merlin
Launched 2000 Beam 4m
Length 15.6m Draft keel down 3.15m
Draft keel up 1.3m Builder McConaghy
Designer P Kaiko
Exterior Colour Scheme
White topsides with a navy blue waterline and gold cove line, white cabin and cockpit and grey decks.

General Description
Fractional rigged sloop with lift bulb bottom keel, raked stem, twin rudders, long central cabin house and large aft cockpit.
The accommodation consists of ā€œVā€ berths forward with a settee starboard and stowage opposite. Then an enclosed head to starboard with hand held shower.
The main cabin has a large galley to starboard followed by a large ā€œUā€ shaped dinette. To port is an enclosed head followed by a navigation station then a settee and pilot berth with a quarter berth aft to port.
The fitout is predominantly white painted FRP with black carbon trims and some timber feature panels and timber cabin sole boards.

Hull Structure
Engineered by SP Systems and is a composite design with a cedar core in the hull bottom and foam core in the topsides and deck with FRP laminates of S glass with some Kevlar and carbon fibre.

Deck/Cabinhouse Structure
One piece deck cabin and cockpit mouldings in FRP with foam core.



No 1 Make Yanmar
Type Turbo Diesel
Controls Morse Cable Type
Auxiliary Generator Large 120amp 24V alternator fitted to diesel
Propeller 3 Auto Stream 3 bladed feathering
Electrical Type Freedom 10 Model Charger/Inverter 240V; 24V & 12V systems fitted
Model 4JH2-TCE
Power 62.0 KW @ 3600
Instruments Tacho, pressure and temp
Drive Yanmar SD31 sail drive leg fitted
Steering Gear 2 Wheel Steering to Twin Rudders
Batteries 2 x 150AH Gel batteries in series 24V, 12V Gel instrument, 12V Gel engine battery
2nd Alternator 120A 24V alternator fitted to diesel engine.

Pump, Piping and Tanks

Pumping Accessories 2 x Hand Pumps
Valves Bronze Ball Valve Type
Fuel Tanks and Fittings S.S tank 200L usable; 210L max. Uses 4L/hour at 7knots when running engine only.
Toilet System Raritan electric flush with electro san system fitted
Refrigeration Eutectic type run off main motor. One fridge, one freezer.
Hot Water Runs using engine cooling titanium heat exchanger
Skin Fitting Bronze
Water Tanks and Fittings S.S tanks with heat exchange air conditioner eutectic refrigeration and engine hot water by titanium plate heat
Shower and Washing Facilities Showers fitted in both heads
Cooking Facilities Origo 6000 Metho Stove
Air Condition Runs using eutectic refrigeration titanium heat exchanger
Anchor Winch Arco Hydraulic Type

Mast, Spars and Rigging

Mast 3 Spreader (swept) Carbon – built by McConaghy fitted by Whalespars
Mast Stepping Keel Stepped
Standing Rigging S.S Rod Type with Navtec Fittings; jib furling system can be fitted to replace existing forestay.
Chain Plates FRP Moulded into Structure
Boom Hydraulic Furling Carbon Boom
Retractable Bow Pole Carbon
Running Rigging All Dynex and Spectra Rope
Deck Gear Arco and Lewmar winches; primary winches hydraulically operated; various blocks and cars
IMG_8120_Mast 16 x 9_Merlin_SSP

IMG_8123_Mast Base_Merlin_SSP

IMG_8053_Port Winch 5000_Merlin_SSP


Electronic Aids, Equipment and Accessories Sighted
Codan 9390 HF transceiver
Coursemaster 750 Autopilot
Furuno GPS navigator GP-31
Icom IC-M45 VHF radio
Tough book computer
Clarion M3170 radio tape player
B & G instrumentation
Hydra 2000
4 x MFD
2 x RFD 6 man soft pack life rafts, serviced June 2016
AIS class B Navico-400 serial No 4210001240250173
2 x RFD 406 EPIRBs
Cockpit bimini
Mainsail furling boom
Sail Inventory
New North 3Di boom full batten furling mainsail December 2015
New North 3Di all-purpose reefing jib December 2015
New A2 asymetrical spinnaker December 2015 plus A1.5, A3, A5 good condition
Roller furl staysail
Storm jib and storm trysail
Further sails for crusing include a a 3Di mainsail (2013), 3Di Jib (2013) and an A2 spinnaker (2013).

Equipment & Accessories: Safety Equipment
Fully fitted out for and compliant with AYF CAT I blue water racing requirements.
1 x plough with chain and rope
1 x Bruce with chain and rope

Minimum Crew
Cruising: 2
Short Races: 7
Long Races: 11
IMG_7906_Nav Station_16 x 9_Merlin_SSP
nav map display
IMG_8074_Helm Controls_ 16 x 9 5000_Merlin_SSP

Overall Condition
This yacht presents in good condition it has spent all its time on a slipway when not racing or cruising

This yacht is a very fine example of Australian workmanship and encompasses many interesting ideas for a performance cruising yacht. The lift keel, twin rudders would offer performance without the normal cruising restrictions of a deep draft yacht.

It has been finished with good attention to detail with all fittings and fixtures of a very high quality.

2015 IRC Rating TCC 1.222