Email This Page to a FriendSchooner MAGIC, A Family Goes Cruising
August 17, 2017
When the schooner MAGIC sailed into Brooklin this summer, we all got to witness her arrival with the three young sisters aboard, who shared their stories cruising with their family along the East Coast, and we’re proud to feature their story as our 400th video.
LOD – 39’-6”
Sparred length – 51- 0”
LWL – 32’-6”
Beam – 12’-6”
Draft – 6’-0”
Displacement – 23,400 lbs
Ballast – 7,800 lbs
SA – 1,005 sq. ft.
COMMENTS FROM MAGIC'S DESIGNER CRAIG JOHNSEN
My design goal was to blend a fast, proven, sea-kindly hull with an easily-managed three-sail schooner rig in a cruising boat of about 40’ in length for a couple to sail. MAGIC benefited from some design guidance by Lyle Hess as well as the construction expertise and suggestions of master builder, Bent Jespersen. She was built as a cold-molded yacht over a period of 14 months and her sails were made by Carol Hasse and crew in Port Townsend, Washington.
Hull is laminated of 4 layers of Western Red Cedar and Meranti, her backbone is mahogany, frames and floors are white oak, deck framing is of Douglas fir. The deck overlay is Alaskan Yellow Cedar and the spars are Sitka spruce. The deck and well-crowned cabin top are vacuum-bagged, insulated structures and her interior blends semi-gloss white paint and varnished cherry with accents of birds-eye maple. Reliable bronze deck hardware and fittings were selected (or cast) as appropriate to facilitate safe, shorthanded sailing by a couple.
Initial Cruising History:
My wife, Vicky, and I sailed MAGIC for some 25,000 miles over the years, voyaging as far north as Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) and coastwise southwards on voyages to Mexico’s Baja and mainland coasts. We also made the passage from the West Coast out to Hawaii and back to the Pacific Northwest.
DRAWINGS AND IMAGES
Click on this link here to see a few pages of MAGIC’s drawings (in PDF format) and below are photographs of her construction back in ’92-’93 at Bent Jespersen’s shop in Sidney, British Columbia, all of which were shared with us by designer Craig Johnsen.
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