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Merlin, OC40 Hull Number 7, is a semi-custom Hank Hinckley Ocean Cruising 40. When Hinckley stopped building the Bermuda 40 in 1979 and sold the Hinckley Co. Hank Hinckley, who had been Hinkley's yard manager for many years in Bar Harbour, Maine , stepped in, formed his own company and built 10 yachts which were called the OC-40. Hank's goal was to build a more sea kindly yacht that was better suited for a cruising couple but still maintained the strength and quality of his father's Bermuda 40. He flattened the sheer, increased the freeboard and increased the beam midships to provide a more sea kindly and better windward sailing yacht.
The current owner has sailed Merlin more then 35,000 miles in the past 10 years including twice across the Atlantic, once single handed while in his 70's and believes this to be one of the finest ocean cruising yachts made. The laminate at the chainplates is 3/4 inch thick, one inch at the centerline and keel, and 1 1/4 at the keel bolts. The deck / hull flange in 7 inches wide , through bolted every 4 inches and glassed over. A more detailed description of the boat and its construction can be found in the survey report by John Atkin and published in Nautical Quarterly , Spring 1981. Merlin has an all-new drive unit consisting of a Beta 50 engine with 50 hours, transmission, shaft, prop and cutlass bearing. She is cutter rigged with self-tacking staysail and a Hood electric furling mainsail and electric hydraulic center board. She is extensively equipped and an ideal cruising boat for off shore passages, or shallow water sailing in the Chesapeake or Bahamas.
Draft 4.4' /8 '
Ballast 7600 lbs.
Displacement 20,200 lbs
Centerboard 8' Approximately 750 lbs Bronze
Engine Beta 50hp installed 7/27/2020
Engine hours 50 also new transmission, shaft, 3 blade fixed prop and cutlass bearing
Auto Pilot Electric / hydraulic
GPS / Radar Garmin 740s
Depth sounder Simrad
AIS Vesper Watchmate
Refrigeration Sea Frost in Icebox
Hot water heater Raritan 6 gal
Stove LPG 3 burner and oven gimballed Shipmate
Fuel tank 72 gal.
Water tanks 120 gal.
Anchor Rocna 22k, Fortress 18 , Luke 65lb Chain 300 feet
Windlass Lofrans Horizontal tigress 1500
Wind generator Airex
Wind generator mount Kato Marine with outboard engine lifting arm
Davits Kato Marine
Outboard dinghy engine Mercury 3.3 hp
Sails: headsail on Harkin roller furling , mainstail on Hood roller furling , self tacking staysail , MPS in sock
Solar Panels : 2 x 130 watt mounted on port and starboard rails
Teak cockpit grate
Bimini and dodger
Merlin has the preferred aft galley/nav station layout. Forward is V-berth, followed by head compartment. Salon has straight settee to port, a large centerline table with storage, and a straight settee opposite to starboard, each with pilot berths outboard. Galley is aft, to port. Nav station is opposite, to starboard at the foot of the companionway steps. There is a custom large locker between the nav station and the starboard settee, for both hanging and shelf storage.
Beta 50 (2020) w/ 50 Hours
Three Burner Propane Stove
Sea Frost Refrigeration
Double Stainless Sink
Pressurized Fresh Water
Salt & Fresh Water Hand Pumps