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serenespeed 10-27-2010 12:59 PM

Mirage 26 and Mirage 27

I'm a very, VERY happy owner of a 1977 (Hull #13) Mirage 26. The boat has been fantastic to my wife and I. We have had her sailing up to 10.3kts (GPS speed) surfing down the back of some rolling waves in the middle of Georgian Bay.

Anyways, I started this thread with the hope of getting some info from other owners of the Mirage 26 (or 27) on running rigging setup. I'm wondering what people have done for there reefing lines, outhaul, spinnaker, etc...

Our boat has some older and tired setups that we are going to replace. If anyone is using a spinnaker or has figured out a reliable way to setup reefing and outhaul lines, I'd really like to hear from you.

I was doing a bit of digging and it seems that the Mirage 27 might have had internal lines in the boom for the two (leach cringle) reef lines as well as the outhaul. But I also think that the boom was a different design - Isomat from RigRite I believe.

Has anyone figured out a way to lead mainsail control lines and halyards aft to the cockpit? I'd like to see how this is done given the curved and bent shape of the cabin top as well as the location of the splash hood.


I've done a fair bit of work to our boat to make her meet our needs. A few small things and a few bigger ones like redoing all of the electrical system and new scupper plumbing/through-hulls. If anyone wants to ask any questions about the Mirage 26 or Mirage 27, please feel free to ask in this thread. Having a place to post images and discuss the little details of these fun boats could prove valuable (and fun).


Daniel B

Faster 10-27-2010 01:04 PM

For starters, have a look through the picture galleries on this Yachtworld listing.. you may get some ideas there.

mirage (Sail) Cruiser/Racer Boats For Sale

The things you need/want to do to the rig are not mirage-specific, and if you search these forums you'll find discussions on spinnaker rigging/handling, reefing systems etc galore.

Nice boats!

redrugbycat 04-14-2011 07:02 PM

mirage 26 rigging
I bought a Mirage 26 last fall and had it out a few times. My first sailboat/boat and after lots of research this winter I've come to the conclusion the previous owner had it rigged weird although it seemed to suit his needs. A lot of the lines are in need of replacing so I'm stuck. It looks as if the outhaul was connected to the topping lift cable and permanently hoisted the boom up. None of the labels remain. If you have a photo of how you rigged yours I would like to have a look.

P.S. I re-glassed the rudder this spring as it was in very bad shape. 1st time with fiberglass and I was very happy with results. Lots of cleaning up to do on the boat. What kind of engine do you have?


teflongeoff 04-22-2011 11:39 PM

hey redrugbycat....jon
I have a 1985 mirage 27 too and yeah the boom setup is a little far it seems the outhaul is a double purchase inside the boom and that steel cable coming out the end of the boom to the(tack)to really tweek the setup is slab or jiffy reefing , single line running to the cocpit.....the teflon coated steel topping lift is actually a type of lazy jack/sailhandler where steel rings tyed to the leech slide up and down with the sail , I dumped them as I could not make them work for me ,doesnt seem to be a big enough sail to need them

James Mead 04-19-2018 09:55 PM

Re: Mirage 26 and Mirage 27
I'm having issues with my spinnaker halyard wrapping in the roller furling jib. I managed to minimize this by bringing the sail in on starboard tack and fixing the halyard slightly aft of the mast on the starboard side.

I'm thinking that the problem has something to do with the block I attached to the loop at the top of the mast that the spinnaker halyard runs through.

Just wondering if anyone else has had an issue with this and if so had a better solution?



K Purkiss 05-11-2018 09:14 AM

Re: Mirage 26 and Mirage 27
We are the new very very happy owners of the aforementioned 1977 Mirage 26 Hull 13.

Thanks, Daniel B, for the rigging upgrades you've made. We are nearly rigged and ready for some wind. We may reach out to see if we got it right but I think we are close. :)

Happy sailing!

BB Bosun Mate 08-14-2018 09:12 AM

Re: Mirage 26 and Mirage 27
Hello everyone,

I just bought my Mirage 26, and so far the running rigging is a mess, the PO using cheap line with twisted 3 strains nylon all of the same color (was white now now grey ish ) so anyone out there have pictures info on running rigging please pass it on to me, email me at nhanautoinc at yahoo dot com
thank you

flying sailor 12-21-2019 09:45 AM

Re: Mirage 26 and Mirage 27
Just purchased a Mirage 27. The Schmidt design. Inboard diesel and skeg rudder. Wonder if anyone else out there in Mirage land with the similar vessel. looking at a fair chunk of work to bring her up to my standards, really looking forward to doing the work. Even in the winter time in the Great Lakes, something can still be accomplished. cheers everyone.

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