Morning Magic Refit


Morning Magic is a Swarbrick built S&S34 launched in 1981. By all accounts we think she is Hull Number 89 sold to Newport Yacht Sales in 1982 and later sailed under the Middle Harbour sail number MH186. She was built as a racing version with the tall rig (which is actually shorter than most), pilot berths and different galley configuration to the "cruising" version. Until May 2007 as far as we know, she had spent her life on Pittwater with the only apparent work done on her in that time being the replacement of her diesel engine in 2003 and some paintwork topside and down below. The survey carried out by Peter Kershaw late in 2006 identified a bad case of osmosis with a large number of blisters noted. In all other respects the survey uncovered very little of consequence in respect to construction and condition. Obviously, as the broker, Andrew Coffey noted, the original rigging would need replacement along with the installation of a complete set of electronics.

I had been looking for an S&S design for some time having made offers for a S&S36 early in 2005 and then considering the S&S designed Catalina 38's present in numbers on the west coast of the USA. The cost and trouble involved in getting them to Australia made me look more closely at other local options. Morning Magic offered me almost exactly what I was after although I would have preferred an extra couple of feet and no osmosis. I wanted something that was structurally sound and a motor - anything else that could be used would be a bonus (like a serviceable mast). My intent was to rebuild the interior, rigging, fittings and have the hull fixed.

May 2007

The new Volvo MD2030 Sail Drive had only 35 hours on the clock when she arrived at Yaringa ready to start the rejuvenation process. At that point it was intended to scape the bottom, attend to the blisters, replace all the standing rigging, install a furler, move deck hardware to enable single hand operation, re-wiring, provision for shore power, tidy up the interior, replace all thru hulls and plumbing, and to think about a number of other features such as wheel steering, pressurised hot water, shower, etc.

Throughout May and June we began removing the accumulated junk, crockery, sails, cushions, hull carpet, food, paint, tools, books, ... that came with the boat so that we could determine what needed to be done.