Mirror dinghy specification

The Mirror is a small, light (i.e. hull less than 10lbs/foot), easy to sail, easy to transport, pram dinghy (pram means it has transoms at both bow and stern). It is the classic dinghy for training, cruising and racing. A stable family boat suitable for all ages and abilities, ideal for just "messing about", it is also raced widely and actively both in the UK and abroad. Its ease of handling makes it a very good single-hander sailed with main and jib. It also has a conventional (i.e. symmetric) spinnaker so all the skills needed on a three sail boat can be used. For racing the crew is two, but when pottering three can be carried. The boat can be rowed or fitted with a small outboard motor - it can then accommodate four or five people. Ideal for training young people, it used to be (sadly no longer) an RYA-recognised Junior Class. Many of the UK's top sailors started in a Mirror! A strict one-design, the Mirror became an International Class, administered by World Sailing (ex ISAF, ex IYRU), in 1990.

These are the specifications for the Mirror.

Portsmouth Yardstick

= 1390  (double handed, with spinnaker) & 1380 (single handed, no spinnaker) from the 2018 list. The 2009 list also had 1365 (single-handed, with spinnaker). At that time the double handed, with spinnaker PY was 1386, and single handed, no spinnaker was 1371.
LOA = 10 ft 10 ins (3.30 metres)
Beam = 4 ft 7 ins (1.39 metres)
Draft (Board raised) = 4 ins (0.09 metres)
Draft (Board down) = 28 ins (0.70 metres)
Rig = Bermudan or Gunter with optional spinnaker.
Bermuda mast height (above deck) = 16 ft (4.9 metres)
Gunter mast Length = 10 ft 8 ins (3.3 metres)
Gaff Length = 9 ft 3 ins (2.8 metres)
Boom Length = 7 ft 6 ins (2.3 metres)
Sail Area - Main = 49 sq ft (4.6 square metres)
                 - Jib = 20 sq ft (1.9 square metres)
                 - Spinnaker = 47 sq ft (4.4 square metres)
Hull construction GRP foam sandwich, GRP, GRP/wood composite or plywood
Weight - complete = 135 lbs (61.29 kgs)
              - Hull only = 98lbs (45.5 kgs)
Volume of Hull below Sheerline = 1.15 cubic metres
Volume of Buoyancy Tanks = 0.53 cubic metres
  (46% of Hull)

Latest forum posts

    • Old suit of sails - free
    • Alan Britten has an old suit of Jeckell Mirror dinghy sails, number 23153, measured 1981, in good condition for cruising, no battens, free to anyone who covers postage (about £10 I guess). Please contact via . Alan can send more pictures if required.
    • Mast up & flat (mast down) covers for sale
    • Gerard Barron has 2 Mirror covers for sale (1 – mast up, 1 mast down). The mast up cover is a Trident cover in good condition, there are no splits and all straps are present. The mast down cover is pretty battered with a number of splits that have been patched. It is not great but would be better than nothing. £35 for both Please call 01366 502252 or 07909 524077 or email with any questions Collect from Downham Market, Norfolk (or Cambridge) or packing and postage could be arranged at additional cost.
    • Full Bermuda rig (spars, sails) for sale
    • Alle Roodbergen from the Netherlands has a full Bermuda rig for sale. * Superspars Bermuda mast and boom in good condition, fully rigged and new shrouds * Superspars spinnaker pole * Flyaway pole system * Full set P&P sails: main, jib and blue spinnaker Price: GBP 600. Delivery in April 2019 in the UK Please contact Alle Roodbergen at or Tel. +31641321250

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