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I bought a cheap 420. It was in reasonable nick so I went ahead. It wasn't until I started doing some research that I began to realise just how old it is. The sail number (14977) puts its build date around 1970. I had no idea the class had been going that long. 

There were a few clues along the way - the main sheet has a traveller, clearly there since the boat was new, but class rules don't allow them.  It has a second mast step and shroud plates to allow a una rig, something not mentioned in any of the literature. Plus an all-wood rudder and tiller is not something seen for many years.
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A 1960 design, if memory serves.
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Do you use trapeze when Una rigged?
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Originally posted by patj

Our new boat is Merlin number 40 built in 1946. At least she's older than either crew though we'd be serious contenders for the "highest combined age of helm, crew and boat" prize!


Wow thats an old boat...more than 70 years old. I am wondering how they looked like in those days. Any photo of it? Would be nice to see this old sailing boats :)
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Condor 55 from 1976, but I'm sure there are a lot older than that one!

Actually I’ve been on a boat in Laos many years ago…when we went down on the Mekong from Huay Xay to Luang Prabang…that was so much fun, but the “boat” was the oldest I’ve ever seen…I can’t even tell, how old it was…but we arrived safe…that is what matters! :-) But I’m still glad that we didn’t have to spend the night on the boat…the trip took us two full days!
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Originally posted by aitchy

Originally posted by patj

Our new boat is Merlin number 40 built in 1946. At least she's older than either crew though we'd be serious contenders for the "highest combined age of helm, crew and boat" prize!


Wow thats an old boat...more than 70 years old. I am wondering how they looked like in those days. Any photo of it? Would be nice to see this old sailing boats :)

Just look on the Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association website http://www.cvrda.org

Lots of us with old boats there and some real oldies being restored - a 1920 International 12 in Wales, a B class sailing canoe (similar to Int Canoe) in Plymouth and there are some International 14s from the thirties and forties. Plus forgotten rarities from the fifties, sixties and seventies.
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