We just heard that Paul Yates, founder of the Merit 25, has passed away. Unfortunately we don’t know much more than that, but are sorry to hear this news. The 25 was a very popular little boat, springing up in Southern California and fast right away. Often accused of being little more than a narrowed J/24, the 25 was a good boat and still wins races all over the country. There is a thread should you care to join in.