Trident-UK FRP Mirror dinghy

Produced by Trident-UK from around 2002. Constructed using foam sandwich (Foam 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.

Note that the "Weekender" version may be heavy and not measure if you were thinking of using one for racing. To get this GRP boat to have all the features of the wooden boat required a large number of mouldings to be glued together. For example the skeg is partly hull mould and the rest a seperate moulding. This was the only way a skeg with a hole could be produced in GRP. Needless to say, this is not the ideal way to build a GRP boat, however, this was the only option available in 2001 when the moulds were produced. Older Tridents were gaff rigged, later ones were Bermuda (and some older ones converted to Bermuda). Trident-UK continue to develop and sell these boats.  The latest version of the "Mirror Race" has no hole in the skeg and improved shroud plates. Pretty good boats, rare to see one second hand for under £2000.

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