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    Mirror Dinghy.

    I bought this dinghy a couple of weeks before lockdown. Today I got it on the water, next outing will hopefully be my first sail.



     
     
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    Hello sailor, that looks fun Paul, you’ll be able to give those “ refugees “ a lift to a better life with benefits.
    Kind regards John.

     
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by fortress View Post
    Hello sailor, that looks fun Paul, you’ll be able to give those “ refugees “ a lift to a better life with benefits.
    HaHa. It is fun mate.
    With my sailing and rowing skills it would be quicker for them to swim.

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    Paul I guarantee you will have fun, I learned to sail on a Mirror back in about 1966 at Ruislip Lido and the best thing was in a stiff breeze if it leaned too far the centre board would come out of the water and it would turn to windward and so it was almost impossible to capsize, but if you did manage that feat, it did it so, so slowly there was time to step over the side, stand on the center board and re right it before the sails hit the water!! I went on from there to a Nicholson 55 many years ago.

    Have fun and make it work hard.
    Enjoy Life you only get it once and there is no Apprenticeship

     
     
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    looks like a well maintained dingy.
    are you and experienced sailor or just starting?

     
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pierre View Post
    Paul I guarantee you will have fun, I learned to sail on a Mirror back in about 1966 at Ruislip Lido and the best thing was in a stiff breeze if it leaned too far the centre board would come out of the water and it would turn to windward and so it was almost impossible to capsize, but if you did manage that feat, it did it so, so slowly there was time to step over the side, stand on the center board and re right it before the sails hit the water!! I went on from there to a Nicholson 55 many years ago.

    Have fun and make it work hard.
    Hi Pierre,

    Great to hear your memories of the Mirror. Do you remember the number?
    The club I was at today is just a few miles from the Lido, I was at Harefield/Denham.
    Just looked up the Nicholson 55, what a beautiful design, did she sail as good as she looks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddski View Post
    looks like a well maintained dingy.
    are you and experienced sailor or just starting?

    Hi Ewan,

    Just starting at 56.

    She was built in 2002 and raced until 2008. The owner then went on to a different boat but could not bring himself to sell until this year.

    It is in superb condition and I hope I can keep her that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul hd View Post
    Hi Ewan,

    Just starting at 56.

    She was built in 2002 and raced until 2008. The owner then went on to a different boat but could not bring himself to sell until this year.

    It is in superb condition and I hope I can keep her that way.

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    thats great the mirror is a good starter. hope you get time to enjoy it this summer.
    i probably wont get my boat in the water this year.

     
     
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    Learnt to sail in a mirror dinghy, number 25864, hope you’re not too tall! The mirror was one of a family of three mirror dinghies, the mirror, the mirror 14 and the mirror 16. They were followed up a few years later by the miracle.

    Went on to sail in all sorts of boats and got my instructors certificate at the Island Cruising Club in Salcombe. Those were very happy days.

    I hope you enjoy your mirror, make sure there’s a bungy over the centre plate as they had a tendency to fall out if you did capsize!
    There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey. (John Ruskin 1819-1900)

     
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil View Post
    Learnt to sail in a mirror dinghy, number 25864, hope you’re not too tall! The mirror was one of a family of three mirror dinghies, the mirror, the mirror 14 and the mirror 16. They were followed up a few years later by the miracle.

    Went on to sail in all sorts of boats and got my instructors certificate at the Island Cruising Club in Salcombe. Those were very happy days.

    I hope you enjoy your mirror, make sure there’s a bungy over the centre plate as they had a tendency to fall out if you did capsize!
    Hi Neil,

    It is good to see some sailors on the forum. 25864 was produced in 1971

    I am 6' 4 and have had a few too many pies. I do feel a bit big for the Mirror but I will get on with it. I have seen a video where the guy raised the boom position by 6 inches. He said it didn't change the characteristics. It might be good for me to have a little extra headroom.
    I think a Wayfarer would be a good size for me.

    Cheers,
    Paul.

     
     

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