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Mirror Nationals 2023 : 22 – 23 December – HMYC, KZN

Build your own Mirror Dinghy from a kit

“There is enormous satisfaction to be gained from building and racing your own boat” – a quote by Guy Wilkins from his book “Mirror Racing”.

The Mirror dinghy was designed in the early 60’s, the Daily Mirror newspaper wanted a boat that in kit form was simple enough for a teenager to assemble with commonly used tools. The construction method used on the first prototype which Barry Bucknell, a TV handyman, had built for his son, fitted the bill perfectly. Instead of the traditional method of using softwood battens inside the hull where the plywood panels were joined, Barry used one of the simplest and oldest boat building methods know to man: sewing. The Vikings used it on their ships. The Polynesians still do. They “stitch” the skin of a hull together – then waterproof all the seams.

The edges of the plywood panels were “stiched” together using copper wire. With the panels held in place in this manner, the joints between them were made permanent using glass fibre tape and resin. This method is now commonly know as “stich and glue” construction and is now widely used for wooden dinghy construction. A frequently asked question is “Can we build it easily and quickly?” The answer is “yes”. Thousands of ordinary people have built a Mirror dinghy from a kit.

4 Things you need:
A bit of spare time – about one hundred hours – that’s a month of evenings and weekends, should see your boat ready for painting.
A bit of spare room – a space about 5m X 3m is the minimum you require
A few simple tools – no sophisticated equipment is necessary but, although you don’t need an electric drill, it does save a lot of time.

Contact us today to get more information or pricing on Mirror Dinghy Kits

Download the general building manual: CLICK HERE

Download the Mirror Dolly Plans: CLICK HERE

Build your own Mirror Dinghy


Mirror Association of South Africa
Email: info@mirror.org.za


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