Communications between Jerry Robertson & Mike Eades of Litchfield Park

Mike is a well known model yacht racer of multiple classes, including the Micro Magic. This post contains the content of Jerry’s email exchanges with Mike over the past six months. Jerry R. approved of me adding this exchange to our website.

Jerry wrote to Mike:

1.  Sail rigs.  How many do you use and which ones?
2.  The maker of the sails you are using?
3.  Does each rig have its own mast and booms?
4.  Does each rig mean both jib and main?

Mike responded:

A great weekend of MM sailing in Colorado! If you ever get a chance to sail at an event with the Azura MYC in Paonia, CO do not miss it!

Sorry about the missing attachment I do that a lot. Here it is! (Jerry W. – I’m not sure we have the attachment here. If not i will add it later.)

Either the Graupner.DE site or the RCZeilen.NL site is a viable supplier. I ordered a RTR MM from the Graupner site and it came with no problems. I have ordered some parts from the Dutch site, easy order process but they have not yet arrived. I expect them some time this week.

As to your questions below:

  1. I have 5 sail rigs A-E. A rig is used most of the time but I have used A, B, C & once a D rig in US events and once or twice D & E rigs on our home pond in a good blow. I got the full set for competing in Europe where winds are typically much stronger. I sailed there once with a borrowed boat starting out in D rig and going to E rig. The boat behaves fantastically planing downwind in E rig! Up to you how many to get but you will get most use out of the A rig.
  2. For my latest and best boat I got a set of 5 “Graphite” rig kits from John Tushingham, UK who loaned me the boat I mentioned and I sailed with him  and Mike Weston, the builder of my boat, in Europe twice. He builds very nice rigs with some excellent innovative components but he is not a good supplier in general. Several skippers got frustrated with his unresponsiveness to emails etc. I have attached copies of his rigging plans for your information which are helpful guides to see how to build your own rigs. You can duplicate most all of his components from other suppliers with a bit of time and expense. I recently got a new suit of A rig sails from Catsails, UK, http://www.catsails.co.uk/micromagic.html. Nigel and Sue brown are excellent attentive suppliers. I especially like the fact that they will build an A rig suit out of Icarex which is polycarbonate-coated rip stop polyester in very lightweight cloth that does not crease easily and is soft enough to reform the shape with very light wind shifts whereas Trispi or Mylar used by other sail makers is too stiff for an A rig in my opinion.
  3. All my rigs are complete with spar, gooseneck and booms for quick rig changes.
  4. Each rig consist of jib and main.

Hope this is helpful?

Jerry wrote:

Mike
The need to have and change so many rigs has really cooled my interest in MM.  Because of that I am going to pass on the MM project.  Such a shame because It is a beautiful little boat and I was really looking forward to sailing with you and the other fast guys out your way.  Thanks so much for your effort to bring me up to speed with all the info you have sent.  If the rules ever change to allow only one or maybe two rigs I could go with that.  An unlikely change I am sure.
Thanks again,
Jerry

 

Mike responded:

That’s too bad, most skippers have only the A rig but a set of 3 rigs would cover over 90% of the likely sailing opportunities.

Micro Magic Pricing – Estimates

There are two versions of the MM. One is a kit, the other is an almost ready to sail fully built boat. The Kit price appears to be $179. The ready to sail boat appears to be $300 — a $120 difference.

The question is, is the $300 worth it. This post gives some data to help you answer that question.

The Kit boat needs two servos and a receiver. To price out those items I used the Graupner items that are included with the Kit boat. The items listed below are “standard” with the ready to sail boat.

  • Kit – $179
  • Servo: Graupner DES 675 BB – $26
  • Servo:  Graupner DES 567 MG – $21
  • Receiver: Graupner GR-12L receiver – $33
  • Sails: Though i could not find any information about the sail color I have assumed that it is available in white.
  • Total to get the Kit up to the ready to sail version: $258

Several ready to sail alternatives present themselves.

  • Buy the ready to sail boat and add another $149 for the Tx – $300 + $149 = $449. ote: Based upon my current knowledge one would have to purchase the Graupner S1002.1 mz-12 6ch Radio [+$149.00] or similar as I could not find any evidence of a compatibility with any other radios that we already have, e.g. the Spektrums.
  • Buy the ready to sail boat and replace the Rx with an Orange Rx and use your own Spektrum radio – $300 + $10 = $310
  • Do something similar to the the first choice but with a different radio – HobbyKing Orange Tx/Rx – $75. The total price would be about $375

Alternative two above would be about $50 higher price than a do it yourself approach.

So, here’s the data. Your decision.

Links to sites and documents containing building information

The Micro Magic (MM) is a fun little boat

The Pima Micro Yacht Club (PMYC) adopted the Micro Magic (MM) as its Club standard boat in February, 2017.

You can read about the Micro Magic at:

About the Micro Magic – from the manufacturer – Graupner

MM Class website

American Model Yachting Association – Micro Magic Class

More information can be found in the Building a Micro Magic post.

Racing Micro Magic V2 Kit image
Racing Micro Magic V2 Kit

Micro Magic Specs:

  • Length: 530 mm (21”)
  • Width: 180 mm (7”)
  • Mast height: 980 mm (38+”)
  • Sail area: 1550 cm² (240 sq. in.)
  • Weight: 860 grams (less than 2#)

 

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