Merlin is a UK Folkboat (FB 469) moored at Granton and used for wee jaunts by the
captain and crew.
Merlin at the Anstruther Muster in 2005
The Swedish Sailing Federation held a competition for a new small one-design racing
yacht that would have enough accommodation to enable the boat to be used for weekend
cruises. From the many entries received and input from the selection committee Tord
Sunden was charged with producing the final design, which from its democratic origins
was named the Folkboat and is now known as the Nordic Folkboat.
The UK Folkboat is a bit bigger and heavier than the “original” Folkboat. Merlin
was made to the UK specification by Shepherds of Windermere in 1969 and has been
on the Forth for more than 20 years.