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Winder Mirror Dinghy (MIRROR)

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Moulded from epoxy foam sandwich, using the same materials and building techniques as Winder boats use for their world championship winning Fireball, National championship winning Merlin Rocket and Solo.

Vacuum bagged and epoxy moulded, the laminate gives a super light and stiff hull.

The P&B World Championship specification fit out completes the package, with winder foils, 8:1 Kicker and Cunningham lead to the thwart. Centre main system lead to a holt ratchet. One piece Super Spar mast, pole and boom with the outhaul cleat for the crew. Full Suit of P&B Championship winning sails. Measured and ready to win.

For any further information regarding the Mirror, or to order, please call David Wade on 01604 592808 or email [email protected]

Further Information

The Mirror is a small, light, easy to sail, easy to transport, pram dinghy. Basically a stable family boat for all ages and abilities, ideal for just "messing about", it is also raced widely and actively both in the UK and abroad. Its ease of handling makes it a very good single-hander. For racing the crew is two but when pottering three can be carried. The boat can be rowed or fitted with a small outboard motor - it can then accommodate four or five people. Ideal for training young people, it is an RYA-adopted Junior Class. Many of the UKs top sailors started in a Mirror! A strict one-design, the Mirror became an International Class in 1989.

The Mirror was named after the Daily Mirror, a UK newspaper. From the start it was promoted as an affordable boat, and it has probably done more than any other design to make dinghy sailing in the UK a sport available to anyone. Although most popular in the UK, Mirrors are also used in other countries, notably Australia.

It was designed by Jack Holt and TV DIY expert Barry Bucknell in 1962, the Mirror employed a novel construction method where sheets of marine plywood are held together with copper stitching and fibreglass tape. Buoyancy is provided by integral chambers rather than by bags. It was originally designed to be built with simple tools and little experience, and this meant that the design was quite unsophisticated - for example, a simple daggerboard is used instead of a hinged centreboard. The result, however, was a robust and versatile boat that can be easily maintained, and repaired, and can also be got into the water very quickly from storage or transport. Its standing lug rig, with a gaff that effectively doubles the height of the mast, means that the spars can be packed inside the hull for easy storage or transportation.

All these features make the Mirror a first class choice for children or teenagers learning sailing for the first time. Because of the very large number that have been made (over 70000 to date!) , it is fairly easy to find other Mirror sailors to cruise or race with.


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