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A very old, but buitifully restored Mirror dinghy sailing on a sunny day with a moored yacht in the background


Mark 1 interior Wood hull built by Unknown builder during the first year of production of the Mirror. This would have been one of the first 250 kits made for the Mirror Dinghy's launch at the 1963 International Boat Show.

2009 - 2010

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Came up for sale on E-Bay and spotted by Roger Clake, see

Purchased and restored by Ian Ridge of Ridgeboats, Warsash (who also does work for several Americas Cup teams).. Ian takes up the story:

I replaced the whole skin, both bottom panels, but only took one side off to start with and left both topside panels in place as well to keep the boat as stable a shape as possible . The centreline join was a bevel or extension of the second side so it's like an Enterprise bevelled scarph. Both bilge runners were replaced. I put a batten on the botton panel to topside joint as its hard to thread wire in a closed tank.

I stripped the tape where a batten took it's place. All outside glass tapes and deck tapes laminated with epoxy , hull tapes faired in with microballon epoxy mix applied with a builders trowel.

One other thing is to make the box the hull is sitting on. This keeps everything square and level and it's a sensible height to work at.

It was measured by Dave Chivers and a certificate issued by the RYA. Hull weight was 49.0Kg.



This boat was advertised for sale for £950 , details were:

I would like to sell Mirror number 152 (kit manufactured as one of the first 250 made for the launch of the Mirror dinghy at the 1963 International Boat Show). It’s a Mark 1 in exceptional condition having been rebuilt a couple of years ago by Ian Ridge Boats in Warsash (who also does work for several Americas Cup teams). The varnish is sprayed twin pack epoxy so will not need revarnishing for many years. It has a white hull sprayed with car paint for an outstanding finish, and has both Bermudan and original gaff (they need varnishing) rigs.

World champion sailor Ian Southworth borrowed it and entered Mirror Week with his 9 year old son and was up near the top of the fleet (in one race he lead the whole fleet round the windward mark but his son decided he wanted an ice cream so they retired!) - it clearly races well. The original sails with sewn numbers appear to have never been used. The transom has the number 152 on it. The spinnaker has the wrong number in the pics.

  • 1963 Wood hull, rebuilt in 2009 - 2010
  • Bermuda mast and alloy boom (also the original gaff rig
  • trolley, not in good condition
  • Boom up cover, not in good condition
  • Spinnaker set up with fly-away pole
  • Set of modern Speed sails
  • Original sails with sewn on numbers (appear unused)
  • Measured and certificate issued by the RYA

 Contact  Martin Banbury This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  +44 7931 385 852, location Hamble, Hampshire


She was sold in January to a new owner in Warsash.


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