Thursday, November 4, 2010

Cool Stuff

One of the regular contributors on the Plastic Classic Forum contacted me the other day because she had found some references to one of the previous owners of Magic.  As it turned out, I had bought the boat from him almost 10 years ago and have kept in touch with him since.  Anyway, it got me to thinking about the first keeper of Magic (I am the 3rd) so I started digging through some of the paperwork that came with the boat.  I never did find the first keeper's name (I'll have to make some calls), but I did find a few cool items that I thought I'd share.  The first was a handwritten note still in the envelope with a an actual blueprint of the Alberg 35 line drawing.  Unfortunately, the drawing had been sitting in the envelope since 1984, so it wasn't in great shape, but the interesting thing about this find was that it was sent by none other than Carl Alberg, the designer of Magic and many, many other boats.   He was retired by 1984, but must have still had a stack of line drawings in his office.

So even though the blueprint was in poor shape I am going to see if I can get it flattened out to frame, but in the meantime, below is a copy of the same blueprint I had purchased from the Peabody-Essex Museum a few years back.

Oh my... what nice lines!

Back to reality for Magic though.  It's gotten too cold to really expect that I can do any more glass work over the winter, so I have to start deciding what projects I can get done.  There are way too many to count, but I will probably at least get the sanding prep for the third layer of biaxial cloth in the next week or so.  Beyond that I will probably get the port deck and poop deck cut off and grind the bevels over the next 1-2 months.  I sure wish I had some sort of dust collection system for the grinder because there is nothing more messy than grinding bevels in glass.  It just gets everywhere.

Once that's complete I think it will be time to pull all the ports (I pulled one last year just to see) and maybe get to working (or at least thinking about) the cockpit coamings and toerail.

1 comment:

  1. A hand-written letter to Magic from Carl Alberg - wow that is super neat!