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Mirage 5.5

Hi Dean

I lived in Gainesville (I went to UofFl Architecture Dept) where these boats were built. I would occationally visit the factory which was a surprisingly small and simple facility.

They bear no relationship to the Canadian Mirages. The Florida marages were a Bruce Kelley design. The Canadian Mairages were, Bruce Farr, Bruce Kirby and Bob Perry designs.

Your boat was designed as a MORC racer and was slightly modified for production to be a bit more of a cruiser as well. I believe that the proptype had a dagger board but the production boats had swing keels.

I have only sailed on one of these briefly (beer can race and the wind died so the race was cancelled.) The guy had a very tough time sailing up to his rating but I didn''t have enough time on board to figure out why.

What are you trying to find out?

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