Love these old boat brochures… I wish I had been able to sail back then, but I was just a wee lad! Great line when they show the head with the caption “Big boat luxury…” nothing at all like a squat on a cedar bucket throne I suppose.
Question for you Dylan: Did you have a couple of hot chicks show up when you bought the ‘ol slug like its shown on page two? A blonde and a brunette no less, along with what looks like enough luggage to last them all the way from the Solent down to the Bahamas! Put me down to crew on that voyage! Cheers.
thanks for putting up the brochure etc.i recently bought a mirror os work needed to be done so will be out in it this summer.information about the boat is very thin on the ground on the internet. as i did not get anyinformation when i bought the boat this brochure fills in the blanks!!
Thanks again will keep watching your journey.
Strange that I have a nephew in Kinsale named Liam and niece shan, well what do you want to know about the Mirror Offshore as I too have one and just recently breathed life back into the old Volvo Penta MD1, bit late in the season I know but never mind.
I have bought a Mirror Ofshore and I am trying to work out how the jib furling works. My boat has a forstay and then the roller seems to fit separately behind the stay. The drum is small and there is no aluminum extrusion. The jib has 5 spring shanks on it and the jib halyard has an eye but no swivel. Am I missing something? Do you have any pictures. Any thoughts gratefully received, Regards Ralph
do you have any pics?
Ralph, Did you work out the roller furling? The Aluminum tube with the length wise slit and the drum at the bottom is the track for the jib luff rope. The forestay is INSIDE the tube and the tube rotates around it. The jib is hoisted by a small halyard ON the tube and secured to a cleat on the tube above the plastic drum. I suspect you have already worked this out by now.
Ralph, Also, page 18 on Dylan’s MO brochure show the furler drum arrangement.
I too had a gorgeous Mirror Offshore called Feather and I had her in Lough Derg on the Shannon in Ireland for a few years. I bought her from Bray in Co Wicklow and had her for about three years in Mountshannon. Her papers said that she was first registered to the Mirror Newspapers and was a great little boat. The engine rarely worked though and I found out from the new owner it was due to a leak in the diesel line going to the engine – it always got air-locked. No wonder she stank of diesel as we did after a weekend living on her!
I must say I would buy her back in a heartbeat! Keep up the good work and would love to see more of the boat in your videos!.
K, the Mirror was great – except for the engine. The slug did have an overwhelming smell of diesel at all times. I loved the way the engine sounded and the heat and power it produced. Ultimately it was a 60 year old lump of metal waiting to get me. To have had a new Mirror with a new inboard would have been great. If you want to see more shots of the slug sailing the journey up the Nene has some shots Jill took from the shore
hi dylan, hi all, the mirror offshore isn’t dead yet. just bought a m.o.-project from waterford, roi. all the bits are there. looking forward to get her sailing again. would like to get in touch with other owners, especially here in ireland, to exchange information. the old brochure talks of 172kg ballast cast into the keel. there is none in this boat. and no signs of it being removed. no bilge keels either which could make up for the weight. anybody any explanation?regards, thomas.
the slug had the weight of the engine at one end of the keel box and some ballast at the front end. Do you have access to the keel box. You will find that the inside space is shorter than the outside space
hi dylan,yes indeed. i have access to the keel box where it is full depth. it is blocked off where it starts tapering up and in that area a magnet indicates the presence of ironballast. thanks for that! since my boat has no bilge keels, could you roughly indicate how much they weigh, so i can throw some lead into the bilge to make up for the missing bilge keels. i am surprised that the engine is regarded as ballast.thanks again, regards, thomas.
I am afraid I don’t have a clue what they weigh my guess is that if they were removed one bloke could just about move them
a guess of 1cwt or 100 lbs a pop
you could just fill the bilge with old chain
The cast iron bilge keels weigh 49kg each, I weighed mine when I removed them for shot blasting
Hello Dylan. I have just driven eight hundred miles in thirty hours to get a very good Mirror Offshore 19 yacht and when I got there they told me about all the running of the engine and electrical equipment but I was so tired that I couldn’t take it all in. Any idea where I can get the info from as there are so many switches inside. She really is a perfect boat for me. Love all the video’s..
I am sure that they are not the original switches – the boat must be 50 years old so I am sure that it has been messed with
Hi Peter, Dylan,I have info on the Mirror Offshore as I have one myself and done various repairs and restoration over the past tens years or so,My build No. Is 157 once owned by Mr Hyams a director of the Mirror Newspaper publishing group in London,More than happy to part with any info I can, My boat is called “Lucky Louise” and have often wondered who she was…
they are wonderful little yachts – as tough as old boots and very hard to break or sink. I felt very safe in mine.
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