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.