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    Posted: 15 Sep 14 at 6:43pm
Please can somebody advise me on whether or not a Mirror sailing dinghy would be suitable for me,I am 66 years old and 6ft tall and weigh 80kg.
I have only just started sailing,and have just completed my RYA level 1 course,and I would like to get a 
dinghy so that I can get some more solo practise in,the Mirror seems quite a good small dinghy to do this,
but having not been out in one I am a bit concerned about ducking under the boom as I am not so flexible as I use to be.
Any thoughts as I would welcome your comments on this matter. Confused
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I don't see why not. They can be sailed without the jib, they are stable and forgiving and you "sit in" rather than "sit on", so there is actually a fair amount of room under the boom. Best bet is to go somewhere where they are sailed and see if you can get a test sail. If you are anywhere near Swindon, you are welcome to have a go in ours, old and tatty as it is, at least until mid October, when I plan to bring her home for a tart-up.
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Yeah, I see plenty of more mature sailors in Mirrors. Certainly should be on your short list.
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Which is best to go for a wooden hull or a GRP?
There is one for sale near where I live 1969 model in good condition with everything including road trailer they want 375 for it,I have had a good look at it it seems ok,hull has recently been all rubbed down and repainted, so pretty tidy.

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I'm six foot tall and about 90-95kgs. I sail one with my youngster - sometimes three up. You will not have any problem with the boom. At 375 you will not loose out but will want to make sure the hull is sound. you can pick up the Bell plastic boats quite cheaply when they come up but these are very heavy and probably start around 600. If you go for wooden make sure it is not painted inside as this can hide rot. If you go for one try and get a center mainsheet as this will make it a far better boat to sail. You can get an up grade kit but this with the epoxy will probably set you back around 250.

Try to think about what you will be using for next year. You can add spinnaker and better rig set ups as you go along but this is expensive. If you think you will want a flyaway pole, spinnaker, lines led to the thrawt then it will be cheaper buying a boat already set up with these rather than upgrading a cheap basic boat.

Do not be put of my a boat that is "raced rigged". All what this means is the rig and rigging will work and run better and more efficiently making the boat nicer and easier to sail - some thing that a beginner will appreciate.
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I would counsel against a centre main, as it precludes sliding across on the thwart.
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Places to look for rot in a wooden Mirror: inside the cuddy bit under the foredeck, up against the front bulkhead (so betwen the centreboard case and the plywood. Round the case. Under the stringers (the strips of wood in the bottom of the boat). At the back of the cockpit, at the aft bulkhead. Along the edges of the plywood where they are exposed on the gunwales, especially towards the stern. Along the back edge of the tank where it meets the transom - same at the bows. Round the rudder fixings, especially the bottom one.
If you poke areas and they seem soft, best to walk away. There are so many out there, it isn't worth buying a project unless the aim is the boat work, not the sailing!

I too like aft main on a Mirror, as it makes the boat more comfortable. However, it does depend upon what you learned in, at least partly. Doesn't take much to get used to taking an aft main boat, mind.
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Hi I have had a good look inside it has all been re varnished,checked the best I could all looks ok, and the hull has been completely rubbed down and re painted,trying to buy it for 350,the road trailer looks ok too,I will see how thing turn out with the seller,there are quite a few about,but how good they are mains to be seen.
Thanks for all the info it is a great help to me.I let you know how I get on.
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Originally posted by Lukepiewalker

I would counsel against a centre main, as it precludes sliding across on the thwart.


Flip side is with the centre mainsheet you can take the jib sheet in your hand throughout the whole of the tack and pull it in as you cross the boat.

But yes the aft main does give more room in the boat if that is what is wanted. Also I guess it will allow you to have a longer tiller extension if sailing solo and you need to get "up front". But nothing is that far away in a Mirror anyway.

Good luck on your search.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sawman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Sep 14 at 6:33pm
a few years ago I spent several weeks looking for a reasonable condition but cheap mirror to teach the kids to sail. The good ones seem to sell like hot cakes and the rest were overpriced wrecks. I ended up getting a Miracle, which turned out to be a much better all around proposition
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