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Mirror dinghy Specification PDF Print E-mail
Written by Martin Egan   

The Mirror is a small, light, easy to sail, easy to transport, pram dinghy (pram means it has transoms at both bow and stern). It is the classic dinghy for training, crusing and racing. A stable family boat suitable 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 sailed with main and jib. 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-recognised Junior Class. Many of the UK's top sailors started in a Mirror! A strict one-design, the Mirror became an International Class, administered by World Sailing (ex ISAF, ex IYRU), in 1990.

These are the specifications for the Mirror.

Portsmouth Yardstick

= 1383  (double handed, with spinnaker) & 1369 (single handed, no spinnaker) from the 2017 list. The 2009 list also had 1365 (single-handed, with spinnaker)
LOA = 10 ft 10 ins (3.30 metres)
Beam = 4 ft 7 ins (1.39 metres)
Draft (Board raised) = 4 ins (0.09 metres)
Draft (Board down) = 28 ins (0.70 metres)
Rig = Bermudan or Gunter with optional spinnaker.
Bermuda mast height (above deck) = 16 ft (4.9 metres)
Gunter mast Length = 10 ft 8 ins (3.3 metres)
Gaff Length = 9 ft 3 ins (2.8 metres)
Boom Length = 7 ft 6 ins (2.3 metres)
Sail Area - Main = 49 sq ft (4.6 square metres)
                 - Jib = 20 sq ft (1.9 square metres)
                 - Spinnaker = 47 sq ft (4.4 square metres)
Hull construction GRP foam sandwich, GRP, GRP/wood composite or plywood
Weight - complete = 135 lbs (61.29 kgs)
              - Hull only = 98lbs (45.5 kgs)
Volume of Hull below Sheerline = 1.15 cubic metres
Volume of Buoyancy Tanks = 0.53 cubic metres
  (46% of Hull)

 

 
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