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07-20-2013 09:49 PM
XDLaser
Re: 1st dinghy

that's a decent entry price, you might consider scavenging for a laser, it seems there's always one floating around in someones yard (anywhere near water, 200,000+ boats built) who is using it for a garden but would rather have it out of there yard,

My aunt got my first laser, someone was literally loading it up at the yacht club to haul to the dump, sailed it for over 10 years till I became addicted to racing
07-02-2013 10:36 PM
Lou452
Re: 1st dinghy

I might suggest getting some rides in other peoples boats. Most sailors are friendly and would like to help you get started. All boats are a compromise. You will want to know what you will enjoy before you spend many hours and dollars on a project.
Kind Regards, Lou
07-02-2013 09:21 PM
Spider0804
Re: 1st dinghy

Atleast if you build your own boat you know it is solid!
06-24-2013 11:52 AM
mad_machine
Re: 1st dinghy

making me miss my Gp14. That boat was a ton of fun and cost almost nothing to sail
06-22-2013 11:25 AM
Group9
Re: 1st dinghy

Quote:
Originally Posted by MarkSF View Post
An absolute classic dinghy... wish it was in California because I'd buy it.

There's a really great book about sailing one from the UK to the Black Sea :

The Unlikely Voyage of Jack De Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea: A J. Mackinnon: 9781574091526: Amazon.com: Books

Love the gunter rig.
Thanks, I had just never heard of them. That is a cool looking boat.
06-21-2013 04:46 PM
northern64
Re: 1st dinghy

Quote:
Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
If you don't find one before the long winter sets in, you could consider building a similar boat:
Now we are talkin.....I have a lot of lumber available to me and i have the tools and space available as well. I will have to chew on this and decide if it is the route for me.
06-21-2013 03:45 PM
Tim R.
Re: 1st dinghy

My dad and 4 of his buddies imported the first 5 Mirrors into the US back in the early seventies. My dad and I built ours one summer and it is what I learned to sail on when I was about 8. My dad's cousin was one of the others and he eventually bought a 1969 C&C Corvette. I did my first off shore passage on that C&C when I was 14.

The Mirror has a huge following in the UK and is a one design race class.
06-21-2013 03:30 PM
Barquito
Re: 1st dinghy

If you don't find one before the long winter sets in, you could consider building a similar boat:
Boat plan details, D5 (D5), Dinghies up to 12'
Let's build a boat - Our D4 Dinghy Project
06-21-2013 02:44 PM
northern64
Re: 1st dinghy

alas it was sold before i got there.....Ill have to keep on a lookin.
06-21-2013 01:18 PM
MarkSF
Re: 1st dinghy

An absolute classic dinghy... wish it was in California because I'd buy it.

There's a really great book about sailing one from the UK to the Black Sea :

The Unlikely Voyage of Jack De Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea: A J. Mackinnon: 9781574091526: Amazon.com: Books The Unlikely Voyage of Jack De Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea: A J. Mackinnon: 9781574091526: Amazon.com: Books



Love the gunter rig.
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