Cool story, tell us moreI have a Mirage 30, built in 1984, which I am renovating in the Annapolis, MD area. It is a well built boat. It has one weakness, which is the design of the floor of the cockpit sole. I had to have the surface peeled off, the soggy wood removed and the entire section filled with glass and a new surface put on top. Now it is as solid as a rock. In one other place, the fin keel was rough construction, which has been fixed. The engine is 13HP. Other than that the layout is very good. It is a dry boat. There is almost no cracking in the gelcoat. The hull had very small blisters, which have all even repaired. The old gelcoat is shining up very nicely and it cleans up very well. It looks much younger than its many years. The boat is fun to sail. It is responsive and fast. It has simple 1980s technology, which is a good thing in my book. I am installing a windlass on the corner of the sail locker. I saw this installation in the Hunter 27 owner's cite. We are not finished, but is going better than we hoped. Bob Perry designed the Mirage 30.
Don't buy new, buy even older 8mR! https://www.yachtworld.fi/veneet/1930/tore-holm-8-mr-2932639/He told me that if I had to buy the boat NEW at this level of construction quality, it would cost me $249,000. Hard to believe.