Merlin wizard to the rescue

The popular Merlin and Merlin II navigation computers were handy tools for calculating sight reduction solutions. Both suffered from one serious flaw, however. The computers, based on a Sharp 1248 pocket computer, lost their programs if their batteries died or if their owner was not quick enough when replacing them. But any user of the Merlin and Merlin II can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Although he no longer owns the company that sold the computers, Australian Mike Pepperday, the program’s creator, is offering to reprogram any unit that has suffered this fate and return it, provided return postage is included.

For further information owners can contact Mike at or via snail mail at Mike Pepperday, 30A Donaldson Street, Braddon, ACT 2612, Australia.

By Ocean Navigator