Mirror 16 foot Sailing Dinghy

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by goolawah, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. goolawah
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    I'd be interested to know of any Mirror 16s still sailing, or under restoration, out there.

    We have a small group of about 4 boats here in Brisbane and I get the impression there are very few left - anywhere.

    Would this be an appropriate forum to share ideas/experiences about repairs, restorations etc?
     
  2. Bill hyde
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    Mirror 16

    Hi,
    I, just bought one this evening while the Argentina/Mexico world cup match was on. I went to look at what I thought was going to be a standard Mirror, but when I got there, there was this fine old thing. She's a bit in need of some T.L.C. and the odd repair, but I love her already. Looked on the net to get some gen, but there isn't any. You guys are the only mention of a Mirror 16. I intend to restore her to her former glory, but know nothing about them. It'd be good to hear from a more experienced fellow enthusiast-you've got to have had more experience than my hour and a half.
    Look forward to hearing from you,
    Bill Hyde
     
  3. goolawah
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    Great to hear from you, Bill. I started the thread in response to another new owner of a old Mirror 16 (in the UK) who had come across a couple of my posts on the Wooden Boat thread of the Woodworkers Australia forum.

    Like you, he had been unable to find any other owners, or information, on the Mirror 16.

    Our little group in Brisbane has accumulated quite a lot of experience in repair/restoration, and also a lot of historical information.

    If we collaborate on this forum we may be able to gather a bit of a following of Mirror 16 owners. Given their rarity, it seems worth a bit of effort to presevre those that are left.

    Here is a photo of a recent outing at a local dam where we had two Mirror 16s.
     

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    SeaSpark -

    Mirror experience

    Had one of my best sailing experiences in a Mirror.

    It must have been about 20 jears ago, a full gale was blowing when a friend who was a bit to old and big for his Mirror called me by phone: "we have to go out now!" When the last of the other boats were sheltered in harbour we hoisted the spinnaker.

    It was great fun but i would not recommend this to a crew that is not seriously overweight for a Mirror in normal conditions.

    The boat did not seem to have suffered from this event so i guess a well build Mirror is a solid one.


    edit:

    Oops, it was a Mirror 10
     
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  5. goolawah
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    Do you recall if it was a Mirror 10 (still very popular), or a Mirror 16 (Now apparently very rare)?
     
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  7. POLLYMIRROR16
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    Ref Uk Mirror 16

    Hello all,
    I have a mirror 16 that I have just rescued here in the UK and am quite looking forward to restoring it, I would like to thank "goolawah" for introducing me to the few of you that own mirror 16s and also would like to thank those of you from around the world that are helping me with tips and useful sites to help with the restoration,one of which has a lot of useful information on it and I hope that they do not mind if I mention them here is
    http://www.fyneboatkits.com/trolleyed/index.htm
    I would also like to recommend goolawahs site as it has some great pictures of what lurks beneath the deck!!
    Best regards to you all
    Terence
    aka POLLY
     

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  8. POLLYMIRROR16
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    ooops

    I forgot to mention that there is also a mirror forum on msn that we could poach mirror 16 owners from, I posted a couple of threads there and was suprised at the amount of replies I recieved and a couple of good photos there too.
    http://groups.msn.com/MirrorDiscussionForum
     
  9. goolawah
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    Mirror 16 Specs

    Good on you Polly. You're hooked! :)
    The MSN Forum seems to be looking for some specs so I will add the information I have -

    LOA = 16ft
    Beam = 6ft
    Draft (Board down) = 3ft 6in
    Draft (Board up) = 9in
    Mast = 21ft above foredeck
    Design Weight (hull) = 260lb
    Portsmouth Yardstick = 92 (Whatever that means??)
    Jib = 55 sq ft (Roller reefing)
    Main = 123 sq ft
    Spinnaker = 120 sq ft

    It also occurs to me that it would be a good idea to record the sail numbers we can account for. Perhaps a seperate thread for this.

    The "father" of our local group (Boat Name = CLII, Sail No = 152) has provided me with a lot of information. Much of it is photocopies of photocopies and would not reproduce well here. However, I am more than happy to use it as a resource to help answer any questions that arise.

    He also provided the following -

    A good starting point in UK would be the Dinghy Cruising Association. There are a few hundred members and several (maybe 12-20) have Mirror 16s. Their website etc - www.dca.org.uk, national secretary, Roger Howard, RMH@sibsey.demon.co.uk. Jack Holt Ltd is still in business at 30 Lydden Rd, London SW18 4LR (www.holtallen.com), ph 20 5570 9044. The kits were made by the Bell Woodworking Company, UK. I've just googled "mirror 16 dinghy" and found 96,900 results - though I expect most of them are for the little dinghy rather than the "16". I looked at just a couple - www.noblemarine.co.uk and http://groups.msn.com/MirrorDiscussionForum. The latter might be another good place.
     
  10. goolawah
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    Mirror 16 Sail Numbers

    Sail Loc Boat Name/Status
    152 OZ CLII/Sailing (CLII is 152 in roman numerals, if you hadn't noticed)
    179 OZ Lulubelle/Sailing
    196 OZ ??
    198 OZ Czarina II/Under restoration
    258 UK Nemesis/Under restoration

    If anyone wants to let me know their details I will add them here.
     
  11. Old Sailor
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    Mirror 16

    Thanks for referring me to this site from the Mirror Dinghy MSN group.
    I've built both the Mirror Dinghy and the 16. What a great boat, can't understand why it never took off. Can't remember my sail number, but I built it sometime back in the '70's in an old barn in NH. (USA)My launching was a great day until I discovered that the centerboard well was leaking and took on water in the tanks. Took a knockdown and couldn't right her cause she was full of water. Got uncerimoniously towed back to the boat ramp. Got her fixed and loved sailing her.
    Haven't quite figured how to post pics I have of building her.
    Old Sailor
    P.S. Interesting this site uses the same software as the Wooden Boat magazine site.
     
  12. goolawah
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    We would love to see the the pics. Is the problem to do with scanning them onto the computer, or loading them onto this site? I'd be happy to post some simple uploading instructions if that would help.
    Apparently also this Australian one http://www.woodworkforums.ubeaut.com.au/forumdisplay.php?f=29 which you might find interesting.
    Mirror 16s seem to attract "old sailors", some of ours are still very active in their 80s. :cool: :cool: :cool:
     
  13. Old Sailor
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    I assume it is necessary to use Imagestation et al to post pics.
    I'm not sure if anyone else in the US ever built a 16. The kits were sold by Bliss Marine in Boston.
    Bob
     
  14. goolawah
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    Loading pictures

    If the pics are already scanned into a digital image format (preferably .jpg format) or were taken with a digital camera, AND they are on your computer, AND they are not too big, you should be able to attach them to your post.

    In the Additional Options window below the Reply to Thread window you can click on the Manage Attachments button. This will allow you to select 5 or 6 images from your computer and upload them.

    I will probably be self explanatory once you give it a try. If not, let me know and I'll give more details.

    It may also be an issue about whether or not your membership of this forum allows you to attach images.
     

  15. goolawah
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    Hi All,
    I recently contacted Holt Allen to see if it was possible to obtain plans or patterns for the Mirror 16. I received the following reply -
    I have replied asking if it would be OK to take the measurements off one or more of our Mirror 16s and make these available, as plans, to those who need them to assist with restoration or building a replica.

    I'm happy to do the work, over time,
    Anyone interested in the output?
     
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