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  1. I wouldn't be too scared to consider a wooden one, they are just stitch'n'glue ply, so very easy to repair if necessary since the entire design was based around an average Joe being able to build one in their front room. You can still buy replacement panels (or a whole kit), and the wood hull is (IIRC) lighter than the glass one. Sadly Mirror Sailing Development in Ontario recently closed their doors.

    As for speed, they go OK and will plane (eventually), they are no sport boat for sure, but you can have a lot of fun in them, and there's somewhere to keep your sandwiches.

  2. 5 hours ago, Suilven said:

    Thanks Paulinvictoria.  I'll look up the Mirror.  Do these show up once in awhile on Van. Island?  Cheers.

    Yep, every now and then. I have an original 1970s kit in my garage waiting to be built. There's a small fleet in Van as well that might know of any for sale, nice thing about the Mirror is you can throw it on a roof rack which makes the ferry cheaper.

  3. 1 hour ago, CriticalPath said:


    We added some velcro'd cushion used for padding on exercise equipment over the stern rail and basketcase made up a pair of removable custom-fit carbon seats to fit over the narrow combing:


    Problem solved!



    Exactly what I need on mine, I never really understood how they got so many aspects of design right except cockpits. I think we were just tougher in the 70s.

  4. 15 hours ago, Monkey Butler said:

    I thought about commenting on the trailer too but for a different reason, it's actually a nice find if you want one.

    Why would you want one you may ask? If you have a light weight small wooden boat of traditional construction (lapstrake) this trailer design is lighter sprung than a more common leaf spring setup and is kinder to the boat hull. It will actually offer some cushioning on rough roads instead of acting like a buckboard. 

    Yep, would be perfect for my little Mirror dinghy. Shame it's in SF.

  5. 9 minutes ago, Ishmael said:

    That's scary.


    I like the way they've noted the scale on the drawing, some of those random wiggles in the hull and deck lines must be 5 or 6", difficult to fabricate you'd have thought, but somehow the photos show that it's exactly as shit as they imagined.

  6. 7 hours ago, Norse Horse said:

    Not just the sea lions on Vancouver Island, all the critters are mean there. The highest concentration of cougars in the world, deer with attitudes and more sea life to be wary of. Like Australia almost...just no snakes. :D

    Doesn't matter how upstanding you are...even the otters and mink will attack you here.


    Victoria veterinarian warns pet owners after otters attacked her dog | CTV Vancouver Island News

    Backyard deer attack leaves woman with minor injuries | CBC News




    Yeah, don't come near our island. If the bullrails don't get you, the wildlife will. FYI, the cougars mostly congregate around the Swans pub.

  7. 17 hours ago, dogballs Tom said:

    I like what appears to be a little red Livingston catamadink on the boat in the background.

    I'd want a shiny windlass for that anchor and chain too. On a boat maybe twice that size.

    Can anyone explain the backstay?


    Some piece of PVC appears to be used as a spreader or maybe to support a shade cloth or... something. WTF?

    Pfft, you mean you don't have your own trapeze to entertain yourself on those light wind days setting records across the pacific?

  8. 14 hours ago, dogballs Tom said:

    This appears to me to be a really nice cleat that's stuck on a kind of boxy old 4ksb that features an inexplicable forestay looking thingy with three possible attachment points.


    Lady Slipper? Sounds like a slang term for a vagina.

  9. No worries, I think "overdraft" on here is the owner, IIRC he started out at 111 or something and it got adjusted, seems a fast boat in the right conditions but otherwise would appear to be pretty tricky to sail to the rating. Looks good though, and fun!

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