Just thought I would share a photo of the old Merlin I have.
Totally original apart from re-upholstered seating.
My uncle purchased the boat new way back in the day.
After going through a few Holden 202's, he decided to put a Holden 308 in her.
We used to ski behind her every weekend during summer at Major's Creek and Bundalong in Victoria, sometimes camping at the Major's Creek boat ramp for weeks on end. (Not allowed to do that anymore according to the fun police).
I purchased the boat off my uncle around 2 years ago, as all of us kids has grown up (I am now 40), and moved on he asked me if I was interested in buying the old girl. I jumped at the chance.
I now live in Cairns, so me and a few mates had a road trip picking it up from Wangaratta in Victoria and relocating her back to Cairns.
We take her out as much as we can to Lake Tinaroo, sometimes camping for a whole week to take advantage of the weather up here and give her a good run.
She hasn't missed a beat and my kids are now enjoying her as I did when I was their age.