Copyright 2019 - Woods Designs, Foss Quay, Millbrook, Torpoint, Cornwall, PL10 1EN, UK
  • home built Flica 37

  • plywood Romany 34

  • lightweight 14ft Zeta mainhull

  • Strike 15 trimaran at speed

  • 28ft Skoota in British Columbia

  • 10ft 2 sheet ply Duo dinghy

  • 24ft Strider sailing fast

  • 36ft Mirage open deck catamaran



strip cedar round bilge hulls, ply decks (foam sandwich and double diagonal ply options)

LENGTH O.A.7.65m 25ft
LENGTH W.L.7.0m 23ft
BEAM O.A 4.6m 15ft
DISPL (empty) 0.65T 1400lbs
DISPL (loaded) 1.1T 2400lbs
HEADROOM 1.35m 4ft6in
DRAFT 0.25 - 1.0m 10in - 3ft3in
SAIL AREA 30.75 sq m 330sqft

Merlin was designed as a compromise between Strider and Gwahir. See the Strider page for deck and interior layout, but basically it has a bunk in each "corner". An optional cuddy cab be fitted, as in photo above

The hulls are finer than on the Strider for improved strong wind performance, but the hulls have more free board and the cabins are longer than on Gwahir, making Merlin a more attractive cruising boat. The interior layout is the same as Strider/Shadow.

We owned a Merlin for 5 years and sailed it in British Columbia, living on board for several months each summer. Shown below is the racing rig

Owner Comments:

"Top speed so far is 20 knots (reaching in a F5 under main and genoa). I am very satisfied with the boat" Wigo, Sweden 

Despite racing three up a Merlin has twice won the "fastest Multihull in Holland" prize

"We have sailed twice with good results. Today we maintained 10 to 12 knots for about 24 miles in 3 foot seas and the boat remained flat and true (and dry!). We get a lot of closely spaced "chop" here, so it was truly a good ride."

Merlin is still easily trailed behind a small car

Merlin Building Photos HERE

Merlin Sailing Photos HERE

Merlin Trailering Photos HERE

Merlin Cuddy Photos HERE

Merlin Videos HERE

Merlin Owner Comments HERE

Merlin Materials List HERE

More information about this design can be obtained by purchasing a Study Plan or Partial plan set, see the "Then Buy A Design" link on the top menu bar