He did it! In laborious leisure work, Wolfram "Wolle" Heibeck first massacred his "Black Maggy", a kind of dinghy cruiser on steroids, and then put it back together again.
For months, the boat builder from Hooksiel worked on weekends, evenings and not infrequently in between, streaked, sawed, planed, sanded, glued and laminated - "with the mobilization of all forces, including those actually not available", as he admitted to YACHT online. "You always imagine it to be a bit easier than it actually is."
From the old bow section was fast. But the second part of the not only cosmetic nose surgery took longer than planned. Only a few days ago, the carbon rocket, which had grown from 32 to 40 feet, was reborn with a tilting keel, retractable rudder blades and swords.
And what a!
The boat, which was previously spectacular, now looks even more radical. As a result of the extension, the mast has now slid proportionally further back, similar to an Open 60. This makes the sail plan more aggressive and the foredeck lighter. Indeed, the stem barely touches the water. Even on the cross, "Black Maggy" now carries her narrow nose comparatively high.
"You can feel that she is freer up front," says Wolfram Heibeck. "There are no more bow waves, actually almost no more waves at all. The transition between displacement and plane travel is virtually seamless." The master is also enthusiastic about the performance. Even with the old Genu - the new one still has to be measured and built - the Open 40 on the Kreuz is already convincing in light to medium winds.
At least as important, however, is that the handling is simplified by the gained deck area and the numerous attachment points on the foredeck. Switching from one jib to the other or from Code Zero to gennaker will be much more effortless in the future, especially since - at least so far - there is no longer a bowsprit.
Photo gallery: "Black Maggy" after the nose operation
That could be the decisive advantage of the new design when the boat builder, owner and skipper starts at the Silverrudder at the end of September - this time in the large keel boat class. Because Wolfram Heibeck took all the trouble of the renovation on himself. He wants to be the first (and possibly the only one in the long term) to win the world's largest single-handed regatta in two classes with the same boat. He is already a record holder up to 35 feet. Now he is also aiming for triumph with boats up to 40 feet in size.
But first he wants to go sailing with the YACHT, preferably in the North Sea, in the wind. The stretched "Black Maggy" will be presented in one of the upcoming issues in the "The special boat" section. That would be another double blow. The "little" Maggy was already the subject of a portrait in 2012, at that time still without oars that could be lifted up and many other delicacies that have been added over the years. So it is high time for another visit on board as soon as "Big Black Maggy" is back from her first vacation trip.
Photo gallery: Nose operation at Open 32 "Black Maggy"