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1972 Bluebird  by Bob McTavish           7ft 1 1/2"
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MANUFACTURE
MANUFACTURER: Bluebird Surfboards  Industrial Estate Byron Bay 2481 ph. (066) 85 6037
SHAPER:  Bob McTavish
DESIGN: Pintail
DESIGNER:  Bob McTavish
SPECIFICATIONS

CONSTRUCTION: Foam blank, 1/16" redwood  stringer, tint laminate, spray/paint.
DIMENSIONS
Length :
7
ft
1 1/2
inches L2:
Width :
 18 1/8
inches
Wide Point :
 +ve 6
inches
Nose :
 11 3/4
inches
Tail :
 9 1/4
inches
Thickness :
  inches
Pod :
 0
inches
Nose Lift :
  inches
Tail Lift :
  inches
Weight :
  kilos
Volume :
  litres
Other :
  inches

 

FEATURES
Nose:  pin
Tail:  fine pin
Deck:   slight rolled 
Bottom:    slight Vee 
Rails:  rolled low 
Rocker: medium
# 22 Sky
                1980

FIN
7 1/2  '' v 5 1/2 '' (base) @6 1/4 ''
Laminated, brown
Leg rope hole at rear.

DECOR
DECALS
 Deck
Bluebird (graphic) and 
'Designed and Shaped by Bob McTavish'
black text and script, at sweet spot.(Above)
Bottom:  'by Bob McTavish'  black script  at sweet spot (Left)
MARKINGS
Deck:
Bottom: '.15.' at tail (Left)
COLOUR
Deck
Sprayed/painted blue and green marbled deck foil, laminated green tint rail overlap, black pinlines
Bottom:  laminated green tint
# 22 Sky
                1980

# 22
                Handshaped by Bob McTavish

NOTES
BOARD HISTORY
"Built at first factory in the Byron Bay Industrial Estate, started by Warren (Cornish), J.T. (John Thomas) and myself about 1972.
Possibly the 15th board from that factory,
Shaped by myself and glassed by J.T."
- Bob McTavish's comments on examining the board at his book launch and signing at the Manly Festival of Surfing 7th November 2009.
Many thanks.
Purchased 2002 from St George's Basin Cash Convertors.
Minor repairs, nose and tail resin blocks and polish.
DESIGN HISTORY

COMMENTS
Extreme gun shape for North Coast point breaks.
Early use of spray/paint onto foam on the deck.
REFERENCES:
CONDITION: 8.



Terry Richardson and Bluebird Surfboard by Bob McTavish , Pipeline, Winter 1978 - 1979
Photograph : Darrell Jones
Surfer 
Volume 20  Number 1 January 1979 pages 50 - 51.
Cropped image, left.
Full version, originally a two page centre spread, below.
Credited as...
Terry Richardson, Pipeline, experiencing the gut-wrench!



McTavish Quiver, June 2207.
From left to right:
Keyo
Dale
Keyo
Bluebird
Sky


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Geoff Cater (2004 - 2013) : Catalogue: McTavish Bluebird Pintail, 1972.
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