Fitting out Mirror Dinghy for Day sailing

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Having repaired and painted 'Milly' the Mirror, the time has come to get ready for the water. Mirror Dinghies are very simple and easy to sail.

One of the more awkward jobs is fitting the toestraps. For me this is best done before the thwart is fixed in the boat. Holes at the required spacing are made in the webbing using a soldering iron, and the straps affixed to the underside, then the thwart can be installed, saving working at awkward angles under it.

Fittings for the hull are very simple, shroud and forestay, take offs, an eye to attach the kicker, jib fairleads, cleats, pulley for the mainsheet, and rudder fittings.

I have pictured the rudder head because many older mirrors could do with attention here, firstly a new uphaul line was fitted (blue rope) running from the back of the rudder through an eye on the top of the tiller, to a cleat on the tiller. Secondly the shockchord downhaul was renewed, again blue and is visible disappearing into the rudder stock.  Finally where the pin passes through the top of the rudder the hole is often worn. In this case it has been filled with epoxy and drilled  again to make the pin a snug fit holding the tiller on.

Finally sails are set and it is time to find some sheltered water for a first sail. Good Luck.

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