Mirror dinghy specification

The Mirror is a small, light (i.e. hull less than 10lbs/foot), 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, cruising 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. It also has a conventional (i.e. symmetric) spinnaker so all the skills needed on a three sail boat can be used. 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 used to be (sadly no longer) 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

= 1390  (double handed, with spinnaker) & 1380 (single handed, no spinnaker) from the 2019 list. The 2009 list also had 1365 (single-handed, with spinnaker). At that time the double handed, with spinnaker PY was 1386, and single handed, no spinnaker was 1371.
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)

About the Mirror Dinghy

The Mirror is the World's most popular double handed sailing dinghy, With its low price, light and seaworthy design that is easy to sail, the Mirror quickly achieved its objectives, becoming the World's most popular double handed sailing dinghy. Probably responsible for introducing more people to the delights of sailing than any other design, some have even gone onto win Olympic medals, the latest being Paul Goodison taking Gold in China. The Mirror is a real proper little boat, with its deep 'sit-in' cockpit, that inspires confidence for sailors of all ages and abilities, easy to sail but a challenge to sail well. In 2008 the Mirror is just as relevant and popular as ever, with regular updates to keep the class modern and fresh.

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