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What is a Mirror dinghy? GRP Mirrors produced in the UK
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GRP Mirror Dinghies produced in the UK

There have been 3 all GRP Mirrors produced in the UK over the years. They are, in order of appearance:



Bell Woodworking/Ferranti GRP Mirror dinghy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Martin Egan   

A Bell Ferranti GRP Mirror dinghy rigged up on a lawn

The first GRP Mirrors were produced in March 1986 for Bell Woodworking by Ferranti. At that time sail numbers were 68076 and above. They are easy to spot, they had hollow topsides (i.e. the hull sides above deck level) and very rounded corners inside the hull where the topsides meet the aft and the bow transoms.Constructed using chopped strand mat. Similar deck layout to most wooden Mirrors (i.e. Mk2 interior) but no inner gunwales, no bow shapes or quarter knees.

Some of the buoyancy tanks may be connected via the hollow topsides (one boat had the bow tank connected to the stern tank !). The drip rail above the cuddies, and the lower part of the skeg are wood.

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Trident-UK FRP Mirror dinghy PDF Print E-mail
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Produced by Trident-UK from around 2002. Constructed using foam sandwich (Form Reinforced Plastic (FRP) = thin GRP skin, then foam, then another GRP skin). Identical deck layout to most wooden Mirrors (i.e. Mk2 interior) with a gunwale moulding to give inner gunwales, bow shapes and quarter knees. The deck mould stops at deck level.

Mirror dinghy 70524

From 2002 until 2007, this was the only game in town if you wanted GRP, so quite a few made and the "Mirror Race" version was pretty well down to weight, stiff and on the pace with the best wooden boats. Dave Gebhard won the 2002 & 2004 European Championships in one of these boats.

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Winder FRP Mirror dinghy PDF Print E-mail
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70500 - 'Wind Whisper', the first Winder Mirror sold.  Scrolling slideshow help

In 2006 the International Mirror Class Association asked Phil Morrison to restyle the interior of the Mirror dinghy for GRP construction. The result is known as a Mk 3 interior which has no cuddies, dished decks, curved bulkheads, a raised platform for the mast step, and wrap over gunwales. The requirement for a hole in the skeg was also removed so the skeg could be formed as part of the hull mould. The result is a boat which can made from just 3 moulds - hull, deck and thwart/daggerboard case top.

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