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1977 Merrin, Air mat twin fin 5 ft 4" 
#66



MANUFACTURE
MANUFACTURER
Merrin Investments, Pty Ltd; 
141 Pacific Highway Tweed Heads South NSW 2413 ph  (075) 36 3744
Made in Tiawan
SHAPER: n/a
DESIGN:  Finned canvas mat
DESIGNER:

SPECIFICATIONS
CONSTRUCTION
Rubberised canvas mat, tapped seam, glued molded rubber fins, eyelets with rope and 4'' plastic handles, l/h plastic plug. 

DIMENSIONS
Length:
  3
feet
7
inches

Width: 
18
inches
Wide Point: 
n/a inches
Nose :
18
inches
Tail: 
18
inches
Thickness:
4.5
inches
Pod: 
18
inches
Nose/L:

inches
Tail/L:

inches
Weigh:

kilograms
Volume:

litres
Other







FEATURES
Nose: vee
Tail:  square 
Deck:   ribbed
Bottom:  ribbed
Rails: round
Rocker: flat

FINS:
Two 3" x 6" base
Moulded rubber,
symmetric foil, 
glued to fabric
 

DECOR
DECALS
Deck: 'Merrin' diamond logo, black screen printed. Nose left
Bottom:
MARKINGS
Deck: 
Bottom:
COLOUR
Deck: (faded) blue, xxx tape
Bottom: (faded) blue, xxx tape
#66 Merrin mat decal, screen printed

NOTES
BOARD HISTORY
DESIGN HISTORY
Approximately $21.50, recommended retail circa 1976.
COMMENTS
The first finned models were introduced in 1976, followed by the pointed nose may indicate later model at the end of 1977.
George Greenough suggested these models went better with the tail forward (obviously without fins).
REFERENCES
Film
Youtube: George Greenough On Maui In 1967 in Slo-Mo 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrrGWESdHZY

Magazines
Article 
George Greenough : Grab a fistful of fabric - a review of surfmats in Tracks magazine circa 1974
Ad : Merrin's New Finned Mat in Surfing World magazine Volume 22 No.4 January 1976
See other Prone craft at Paipo Catalogue
Web : 
Check out other inflatable mats/surfcraft at http://neumaticsurfcraft.homestead.com/NeumaticSurfcraftwebsite.html
 My Paipo Boards and ...More. - page by Rod Rodgers, Baltimore Maryland. 

CONDITION:  7



George Greenough,
circa 1966.
- Nat's Nat page 115
Photograph uncredited. Probably Jonh Witzig.


Merrin's New Finned Surf Mat, 1976.

- Surfing World January 1976  v22n4

Merrin Surf Mats, 1977.
Surf [Aust] November 1977  Volume 1  Number 6


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