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07-30-2008, 07:06 PM
the boat is a 1976 Mirror dinghy that belongs to the sea scouts which i am in. I heard about the boat and offered to fix it up. when i got it it was in worse shape than I thought. I had to replace the front and back panels that were rotten and busted up and i had to fix some of the rub rail. the paint was all flaking off everywhere and had to be scraped off and sanded down. the fiberglass on the seams was falling off so i took it off and refiberglassed all of the seams after I cut out the pieces for the front and back. the center board was snapped in half so i made a new one out of mahogany plywood. on the inside, I refiberglassed the seams that were falling off and then i lightly sanded the whole inside. I then I coated it with 5 coats of HMG varnish and i painted the outside with 2 coats of primer and 5 coats of HMG paint.

so here is the picture of after it has been scraped and paint stripper used and the front taken off
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Lew Barrett
07-30-2008, 07:18 PM

In living color!

Cuyahoga Chuck
07-30-2008, 07:22 PM
Nice looking boat, Scout. The Mirror is called the "grandaddy of all stitch and glue designs". And it's still a desireable sailboat.
Have a lot of fun in it and think about what you will build/rebuild next. There are always more to be done.
You have got to learn the boating lingo. The front and back panels are called "transoms".

07-30-2008, 07:23 PM
Nice work!

Duncan Gibbs
07-30-2008, 07:53 PM
Snap! Bingo! Same same! I'm doing up a Mirror too! Got any before shots?

Old Sailor
07-31-2008, 04:48 AM
Here's a site that might be of help.
Old Mirror Sailor

08-07-2008, 09:41 PM
Great boat! I sailed a Mirror relentlessly for years.

08-08-2008, 05:31 AM
A Mirror without Silky Oak:D

08-08-2008, 06:06 AM
Ahhhhh...the Mirror!!!.....my first boat....my brother and I built one in the UK back in the early '60's soon after the Daily Mirror newspaper 'promoted it' and we sailed it together for years. Great fun.
My brother has passed away now so......thanks for the memories!!!

08-08-2008, 08:36 AM
The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow

Join AJ Mackinnon, your charming and eccentric guide, on an amazing voyage in a boat called Jack de Crow. Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet, this Australian Odysseus in a dinghy travels from the borders of North Wales to the Black Sea 4,900 kilometres over salt and fresh water, under sail, at the oars, or at the end of a tow-rope through twelve countries, 282 locks and numerous trials and adventures, including an encounter with Balkan pirates.

Along the way he experiences the kindness of strangers, gets very lost, and perfects the art of slow travel. On of the best reads I have ever had. All done in a Mirror.


Duncan Gibbs
08-08-2008, 06:04 PM
A Mirror without Silky Oak:D

WHAT????? I cannot be!! :p:D

09-22-2010, 04:45 PM
That looks somewhat like my mirror dinghy plans (http://squidoo.com/mirror-dinghy-plans) boat that I built. Check the plans out for yourself here: http://squidoo.com/mirror-dinghy-plans

12-30-2010, 01:53 AM
The centreboard and rudder of mine have been coated in a very thick layer of what I think id epoxy.
80 grit on sander wont touch it.

So how do I get it off?
or dont I bother?

It seems sound but it's fugly :pout

12-30-2010, 10:11 AM
maybe you could try a belt sander with 80 grit, or if it is just fiberglass and epoxy, you could smooth it out and repaint it if it does not need any repair.


12-30-2010, 05:16 PM
That looks somewhat like my mirror dinghy plans (http://hubpages.com/hub/Mirror-Dinghy-Plans) boat that I built. Check the plans out for yourself here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Mirror-Dinghy-Plans

If wish it were plans for the Mirror dinghy in the the links, it's a National Solo admittedly by the same designer Jack Holt. Check out the class website http://www.solosailing.org.uk/index.asp

Kind Regards


01-03-2011, 12:54 AM
OK brains trust.
I've sanded all the gunwhales and thwarts and deck back to bare timber, cut the hull back with 120.
be ready to repaint soon.
Question. I've taken all the pins and shackle things off. Is it better to fill the old screw holes and drill new ones close to the old ones or rescrew into the old holes.?
I'm thinking with the strain the (what do you call those bits that you attach the stays to?) take, it would be stronger to drill new screwholes?

03-08-2011, 04:15 AM
Thats a good question. I would have to agree with you on drilling new holes would more than likely be stronger.

Good Luck
Mike Quaid
Boat Builder
Mirror Dinghy Plans (http://hubpages.com/hub/Mirror-Dinghy-Plans)