My quest for a used Mirror dinghy in North America

When I decided I wanted to own and sail a Mirror again after a 40-year hiatus, I started looking for on-line sites that might be used as a market place for them in North America. I live near Atlanta in the USA, and soon realized that most North America Mirrors are found in Canada near Toronto, Ontario, or in the USA near the Great Lakes. Here is my journey and experiences, shared in the hope it will speed up the process for others searching for a used Mirror in North America.

OMDA:
I soon found the OMDA Ontario Mirror Dinghy Association web site http://www.mirrorsailing.ca/for_sale.html and its list of used Mirrors for sale as well as those that had been sold through this site. A great price comparison tool. I was not ready to buy at that time (2013) and was just browsing. A few years later I was ready to buy (2016). I went back to the site and contacted all the sellers of the boats I was interested in. I soon found that most had been sold, so I contacted all 10 owners listed on this site. Of the 10, only 4 were available. One was sold during my research, so 3 left. I contacted OMDA to have them update their site which they did. Sadly, it now appears that the OMDA site is no longer being maintained as the posting are aging with no new content.

Craigslist:
Craigslist.com is a great site to sell items locally in the USA. If you want to see items out of your area, it requires changing the search areas, one by one. It is also difficult to keep track of which areas one has searched. I was then introduced to Search Tempest, https://www.searchtempest.com/search?location=31635&maxDist=50000&region... . This site searches all Craigslist and eBay listings according to your search criteria. I chose the USA and Canada (in the link above). There is an option to view results in a Single List, or Direct Results (which sometimes flushes out Mirrors not listed in the Single List for some reason). I found Mirrors in many USA states, though it does seem to be seasonal, so don’t expect to find more than one or two at a time, and often none. I did not find any Mirrors on Craigslist from Canada. I did find my ‘new’ Mirror in Ohio through Craigslist.

eBay:
I have only seen one Mirror come up on eBay in the USA.

Mirror Discussion Forum:
https://www.mirrordiscussforum.org/ A great resource (Especially for advice on refurbishing Mirrors) but not many US boats advertised. Well organized content.

Facebook:
The group “People who love Mirror sailing dinghies” will sometimes carry boats for sale, but mostly in the UK. But still a great resource especially if you are looking for uTube videos, refurbishing pictures, and Mirror visuals, etc. Not as easy to navigate as the Mirror discussion forum.

Other Mirror sites: (though probably won’t help with the search)
1) Google Groups – usmirrorsailing mostly dormant but some interesting older posts
2) http://www.mirrorsailing.org/ - the official international site – Lots of stimulating racing info, and links to local fleets where they exist.
3) http://www.usmirrorsailing.com – This is the old site for the US Mirror Class Association, but it no longer works.

Canada:
I have no idea what sites they use to sell items, though I have tried several without any Mirrors to be found.

Mexico:
I did not search here as it is too far away from me.

I hope that this will help any prospective Mirror buyer in North America to find the boat they are looking for and hopefully save another one from a ‘Viking burial’.

Should anyone have any other web sites that one can use, or other buying insights, please add to this list.

Bill
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Hi Bill,
Thanks for sharing your experience on getting a used Mirror Dinghy and Congratulations on obtaining one.
Another available option is to purchase a new Mirror Dinghy kit from http://www.mirrorsailing.ca/msd/index.html

Pete

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It's good to hear that you like our forum. I assume that you have read about the Mirror for sale in Houston. The United States are a huge country ... so I suppose transportation is a problem if you don't find a fitting boat in a nearby state.
Excuse us for not always posting when a boat has been sold. Feedback on the sale should come from the buyer or the seller but this is frequently forgotten.
Maybe Pete and I should put a time limit on the sales postings and delete them after the limit is reached, even if no feedback is received.
Cheers,
Gernot H.