The MICRO MAGIC is a small remote controlled sailing boat manufactured by Graupner in Germany.
Since its introduction in 1998 skippers from all over Europe have been taken by surprise because no other yacht of this size sails so well. This in large part is due to the designer whose primary focus was on sailing performance. The design proves that very small rc-sailing boats can provide a lot of sailing fun as well, if not more so than larger ones and at a fraction of the cost.
In some respects the boat is similar to a half-sized, early international one metre (IOM)-boat, and some construction details were copied from that class during the design phase.
The small size makes it the ideal boat for holidays, or for sitting in the boot of the car all day waiting for a free minute or two.
Fully rigged and ready to sail, it easily fits into any car and none of the common transport problems assoociated with bigger boats have to be dealt with.
MICRO MAGIC offers a very successful first step into rc-sailing, at low cost and low effort. The complete kit is easily available from many model shops or via shop links elswhere on this website. The kit is easy to assemble in a short time, only a few simple skills are required. A simple low cost RC-set with two functions is required.
There is no need for a special and expensive sail winch, a second standard servo works well for the sail control.
MICRO MAGIC is not specifically designed just for beginners. Due to its small size and design as racing boat the model reacts and sails in a very responsive manner, a bit like a flea on the water, sailing circles around many other boats, even bigger ones. A real beginner may prefer a boat which is less responsive and may sail its way over some distance without any steering - making beginners sailing life easier. To get the best from the MICRO MAGIC it needs to be sailed attentively and actively. This also attracts the more experienced skippers who are looking for best performance and speed to prove their skills and competition all over the world is hot but fun.
Whilst some may think this is not suitable for a beginner, there is another view that it leads to good boat control which allows the beginner to progress easily to larger competition designs such as the One Metre or even a Marblehead. The same idea is common among full-size sailing boats where dinghy experience is often a basis for the top keel boat sailors.
Although Micro Magic has many advantages, can already sail on a small pond, but is still able to handle conditions that are surprising in relation to size of the boat, it has to be kept in mind that it is not designed to sail in open water (offshore / rough water) nor in stronger wind conditions (greater than 3 bft) without some modifications.
The boat with its relatively large sail area is obviously designed for mainly light to medium wind conditions, and due to the light weight of the boat it might have problems tacking in rough water.
However, you can modify the boat with smaller sails of your own design to increase the performance of the boat for stronger wind conditions up to 6 bft.
Kit specification of MM mk1 (order no. 2114):The kit includes every part of the boat with exception of a radio control set with two standard servos, and some materials for the actual building process (e.g. glue, sand paper, a few simple tools). The "body" of the boat is made up from two ABS vac-formed shells which are already CNC-machined and ready for use. Hull and deck are easily glued together. A combined mast-keel box made from two vac-formed ABS parts, placed in the centre of the hull, takes the structual loads and supports the RC gear. The correct position is defined by the parts themself. Some light pre-cut plywood reinforcements are added to the ABS. This gives a tough and stable body with only minimal weight. The removable keel is designed with a long and very thin fin, made of strong injected fibre reinforced plastic with a well shaped NACA 0009 profile which is fitted with a lead ballast of about 350 grams at the end. The rudder is also made of injected plastic and of good shape (NACA 0012) ready for use. The light rig consists of thin alloy tubes and fibre reinforced injection plastic fittings. The mast rake can be trimmed at deck level by a small injection moulded part for fine tuning. The sails are made from spinnaker fabric and are nearly ready for use. Three different colours are available, red, blue and bright yellow, but you have to take pot luck on the colour in your kit as this can not be pre-ordered. There is no painting of the model required as there are two decal sheets included in the kit for hull and deck designs. A wooden display stand made from pre-cut plywood is also part of the kit. The kit contains not only a full-size plan / drawing but a manual with ten construction sequence photos and plenty of instruction text, including first tips on setting up and sailing the boat. The visual appearance of the boat is based on small 6,5 m single handed transatlantic racing yachts, but thats more or less just for Graupners catalogue text.
Technical data: Lenght: 530 mm Width: 180 mm Mast height: 980 mm Sail area: 1550 cm² Weight: 980 grams
Kit specification of MM mk2, racing MM (order no. 2014):
Same construction as MK1, but more optimised in details and designed from the developments found in the existing MM fleets. Improved rig with carbon spars and complete new fittings, sails of better quality made from special Polyester sail cloth, different keel and rudder as well as some other optical changes on the outside lines of the hull makes rMM become an updated MM with some of the used tuning formal done by yourself now included already in the kit. Its designed for use of light weight radio gear to save weight. Sailing abilities are due to the unchanged general dimensions and sizes not different to MM mk1 but only different in details of reaction of the boat.
Technical data: Length: 530 mm Width: 180 mm Mast height: 980 mm Sail area: 1550 cm² Weight: 860 grams
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