Mirror 14

Hello Everybody!

I just came across this wonderful website and thought I might share some pictures of our Mirror 14.

If I get enough positive feedback on the Mirror 14 topic I would try and open a Mirror 14 Roll Call document that might serve as a contact database for 14 owners.

My father and our family built this Mirror 14 in 1973/1974. I restored it a few years ago to almost as new condition - epoxy is so much better than old time varnish! It is now based at the Münchner Yacht Club (MYC) in Starnberg, Germany.

I put new mahogany decks and rubbing beads on it and put fiberglass-epoxy coating on the outside - I know, I know: the beginning of the end. But it looks good for the time being. The original plywood was rather inexpensive, Israeli-made AW100 and it was prone to blue-rot. Unfortunately the boat has picked up weight in the exercise, but it is still fun to sail. It is equipped with Proctor spars and Harken hardware. I had the sail re-sown and added additional hand-holes for completely drying the flotation tanks, as well as self draining ports just ahead of the transom. Since the center-board case was always a weak point my father added additional stiffeners. When adults sail the boat, the standard joint between the transom and the outer hull flexes and breaks, so a stepped wooden stiffener was added here. An unsolved issue is the centerboard seal. I replaced the original bottom-mounted hinge with a hinge that attaches to the top of the center-board case and reaches down to the hinge-point via stainless-steel plates. This avoids hinge bracket movement under loads which loosens the fixing-screws and lets water seep into the hull plywood. The historic center-board seal, however, was also attached with brass plates and would, again, breach the outer skin. No good. No solution found yet.

I may put a self-cleating traveller on it this winter, since the old aluminum traveller rail does not withstand the required loads when hauling the traveller and boom windward under heavy conditions. Also a rolling jib may make it easier to sail with children, as belaying the jib halyard requires considerable "manual power".

The boat has sailed on Bavarian lakes for 40 years and has been to the Med (Spain). Although it is a "Mirror", it is probably not a very good family boat. It is a true offshore racing dinghy. Two rather nimble adults required in order to sail her in blustering winds. Not the optimum for a relaxed weekend cruise, but loads of fun as soon as Junior takes to the trapeze ...

Looking forward to feed-back!

Cheers,

Corvin

Mirror 14 (pic. 2)

Mirror 14 (pic. 2)

Mirror 14 (pic. 2)

Mirror 14 (pic. 2)

Mirror 14 (pic. 2)

Mirror 14 (pic. 2)

Thanks for posting those pictures here - I can't remember seeing any images of a Mirror 14 before, and it's come as quite a surprise to see a Mirror with a trapeze and open back end. Is it designed to take a spinnaker? Anyway, it looks beautiful and must be a pleasure to own and sail. I hope there are more survivors out there and that Google will start to point their owners here.

62816inBerlin's picture

Here's a more public welcome to Corvin. "Corvus Rex" -- any linkage to Jack de Crow :-) ?
@ David : in Pete's article on Roy Partridge, there are pictures of both a Mirror 14 and a Mirror 16, see http://forum.mirrordiscussforum.org/node/37 .
Cheers,
Gernot H.

I must have seen pictures of the Mirror 14 before as I recognise the M with extra bits at the top, but I've never seen it shown as well as it is in the photos above. I know the Mirror 16 well though as there was one for a short time at my club.

Ashydasher's picture

Hi Corvin,

Very happy to find this forum, thank you for setting it up. I recently purchased a very run down Marauder sail number 51. The boat had been sitting in a sailing club dinghy park, very exposed, for at least 2 years so the condition is poor. I've started stripping all of the paint and varnish from the decks and cockpit and plan to epoxy the plywood, and redo all fibreglass seams. The hull isn't that bad but will need some attention. I'd post some pics but can't work out how to share them with you.

Any advice would be gratefully accepted. I am tossing up the relative merits of the transom flaps, and for the life of me I can't understand the raised floor for the crew. Is that to give strength to the centreboard case? I also don't have a spinnaker and would like to get one if I could.

Best

James

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I hope to complete a Mirror 14 kit purchased from Bell Woodworking in the early 60s by my late uncle. The project was 80% finished before being mothballed in his workshop. My boat has a wooden boom which presumably was either a cheaper or earlier variant than Corvin's.

Steve