An update on the restoration of I 49.
During the removal of all the paint from transom and top sides we have
discovered that I 49 was originally fully varnished and on the transom we
uncovered the name Zig Zag in large letters either side of the rudder. The name
had been signwitten over the original varnish and had left a faded but still
visible impression in the sanded top veneer of the ply transom.
Is Zig Zag the original name given to I 49 if so we
will use that name as it is in the tradition of the early boats in using the
leters I and A in the name.If like me you are old enough to remember the use of
Zig Zag cigarette papers for rolling your own as I used to ,the company colours
were yellow and red. I 49 had yellow decks and red bottom when we discovered
her. there was no caricature of a sailor smoking a roll up painted anwhere on
the hull though!
Of course as a reformed smoker of many years I dont
condone smoking these days and certainly would not have the energy to sail an I
A if I still smoked.
Maybee some of you older I A hands will be able to
remember I 49 with such an unusual name boldly painted on her stern
Please reply with any information to this forum
IA 33 Redwing