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Just piping in for the searchers.
I own a Mirage 24 and sail her out of Toronto. As my first boat I couldn't ask for more. Purchased it last year so it hasn't been that long but many hours of sailing and maintenance have already been spent with it (topsides were treated with a light sanding, rubbing compound and wax and the finish came out almost perfect, bottom paint in spring, some electrical modifications, otherwise it needed nothing). Ours does not leak, at least, not anything worth mentioning. The only problem with the boat that we have had so far is that the gelcoat on the deck has not been waxed or treated in years so it's really dirty and chalky. I have spent the past few days cleaning the deck with Bar Keepers Friend (best product I've ever used to clean anything) and it's coming out great! Have started the waxing job as well and once this is done I think the boat will be in tip top shape. We could use a new main sail but that will have to wait.
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Re: Mirage Yachts Ltd

I purchased a 1978 Mirage 24 and it didn't have a boom, anybody out there have a boom for sale, the main sail is 84" wide.
The fiberglass doors for the cockpit storage are also in bad shape, would purchase two of those if anybody has a boat for parts.
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I was very fortunate to find a 1977 Mirage 24 that has had inside winter storage for years and was well cared for. She has dry decks and hull. My surveyor suggested rebedding deck hardware every two years.
A service manager at Manitowoc Marina in Wisconsin uses 4200 as a sealant instead of 5200 because parts can be removed where 5200 may break gelcoat and fiberglass. Morris Yachts uses Bytul tape. I wish I had known that before rebedding chain plates with 5200. I still have a leak near the head which I thought was the chain plate. I sat in the boat today during a rainstorm looking for leaks anywhere and everywhere. I found two leaks. One is around the waste pumpout. The other is the vent. When it stops raining I can hopefully stop the leaks.

Thought I'd edit/add to this response as I fixed yet another leak. The main hatch cover squeaked when slid open and closed. I removed it to clean the track and inside of the cover. I removed the mahogany stop that runs athwartships between the two tracks. Found evidence of water getting inside and running down the starboard side of the liner and dripping on the starboard settee through holes drilled in the liner where a rope clutch was installed on deck. I rebedded the wood stop with 4200. Haven't seen water since on the settee. The deck head pumpout still leaks. I guess I'll have to remove it and rebed.

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There is a leak around the head pump out on my 24. I do not currently have a hose on the fitting so I stuffed a paper towel into the opening below decks last week to see if it would get wet. It was wet with clear water after a recent few days of rain. I also found the outside of the fitting to be wet. One of my old paper charts was on the port side shelf near the companionway which had damp brown water stains on it.

I sailed yesterday afternoon and took some water over the rail beating to windward. When I tied up and went below I saw brown water had dripped down onto the ceiling behind the porta-pot. I think water is running fore and aft in the channel of the inside deck liner. I drilled a small hole in the liner above the head. Nothing came out. If I drill a hole midships I think water would drip/run onto the shelf. I'm tempted but I won't just yet.

I'll need to remove the pump out fitting from the deck this winter. It does not appear to be screwed to the deck. Could it be fastened only with adhesive? Can I twist the pvc fitting off below decks then remove the upper portion from the deck? I'd like to hear the voice of experience before I attempt this fix.

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