Old Bell Merlin info?
Posted by: markmorrall on Feb-10-13 2:02 PM (EST) Category: Canoes
I have an old Bell Merlin and would like to know more about it; year it might have been built, how many where built, etc…..
This Merlin must have been one of the earlier ones. The interior shows Kevlar, the outside is an almond colored gelcoat. The original gunwales were of the one piece style with a kerf sawed in to slip down over the sides. The floatation is glued in foam blocks. All of these details I’ve seen before on Bells. The odd thing is that this canoe is an inch shallower overall than any other “original” Merlin I’ve worked on.
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info from an old catalog|
Posted by: pblanc on Feb-10-13 2:20 PM (EST)
The only info I have is from an old catalog I received from Ted Bell some time back in the early 1980s. At that time the line-up was pretty limited with the CJ Solo, the Merlin, and the Traveler III described in the 4 page catalog (which was a single piece of monochrome brown "construction paper" and the Creek Runner, Fusion, Dynamic WWOC-1, and the North Bay Cruiser described in some typewritten paper pages included.
Posted by: markmorrall on Feb-11-13 6:30 AM (EST)
I'm going to take it down off the rack and measure the depth. I'm pretty sure it's shallower then 11 1/2" at the center.
Maybe Kevlar Deluxe construction?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Feb-10-13 3:41 PM (EST)
My Bell Wildfire has one piece gunwales, glued in foam flotation, non-scuppered wood decks and blue gel coat and it's construction is described as Kevlar Deluxe.
the year ought to be easy|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-11-13 7:23 AM (EST)
Seems this is the Merlin I not the II which has a different designer and dimensions