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Brian Chislett 2642
I have just acquired a Wooden Miracle  in good condition, off a friend, it's only going to be used for cruising/camping. Has anybody else owned one?. One report states they a safe family boat others an exciting racing dinghy. I don't like the second description as capsizes are something I wish to avoid if possible. I have to fit rowlocks plus an attachment for my feather weight Seagull Motor. I don't think the main can be reefed so have thought of carrying a standard "Mirror" main and jib for anything above Force one or maybe One and a half.  I am not a big sissy but  I am a bit oldish!. All sensible comments would be appreciated.
Thanks
Brian
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Elizabeth Baker
I'm not familiar with the Miracle, but if it has a square gooseneck fittting, and slots into the boom rather than being loose-footed, it might be possible to roller-reef the sail. If you do this you will need to roll a sponge or piece of cloth into the aft end of the sail to take-up the slack and stop the boom sagging. Alternatively you could have reef points added by a sailmaker.
Liz Baker
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I have just acquired a Wooden Miracle  in good condition, off a friend, it's only going to be used for cruising/camping. Has anybody else owned one?. One report states they a safe family boat others an exciting racing dinghy. I don't like the second description as capsizes are something I wish to avoid if possible. I have to fit rowlocks plus an attachment for my feather weight Seagull Motor. I don't think the main can be reefed so have thought of carrying a standard "Mirror" main and jib for anything above Force one or maybe One and a half.  I am not a big sissy but  I am a bit oldish!. All sensible comments would be appreciated.
Thanks
Brian


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Re: Mirror Miracle

John Lidstone 1503
I haven't sailed one - only seen them. I think you are right to consider ways of reducing sail because the standard Miracle does carry quite a large area which is nice when you're sailing in your preferred light wind conditions.
From memory, Liz's suspicion is correct and they do have a loose foot on a simple tubular boom with a round goose neck. So you need a set of reef points put in right up under the bottom batten. This should enable you to quickly get the main down to about 50 sq ft when the wind pipes up.
You don't want a top sailmaker who is recovering costs for laser cutting machines and other techno. Try George Benney in Plymouth on 01752 606983 Tuesday to Thursday. He stitched up my cockpit tent.
Cheers
John
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Brian Chislett 2642
Thank you Mike and Liz for your advice.I have been a frustrated DCA member for some time having been unable attend Rallies as launching/recovering my Silhouette trailer sailer too difficult on my own. Now with the Miracle it's a case of
" have boat will travel". If  I can't sort the reefing out soon I shall look for some smaller Mirror sails.
Thanks again.   Brian
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Alastair Law 2624
Hi Brian,

Will we see you at Cobnor?

On 17 Aug 2017 at 7:26, Brian Chislett 2642 [via DCA Forum] wrote:

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> Thank you Mike and Liz for your advice.I have been a frustrated DCA
> member for some time having been unable attend Rallies as
> launching/recovering my Silhouette trailer sailer too difficult on my
> own. Now with the Miracle it's a case of " have boat will travel". If
> I can't sort the reefing out soon I shall look for some smaller Mirror
> sails. Thanks again.   Brian
>

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Sail when you can, row when you must, motor only
when you have to be at work in the morning.

Alastair Law
Yeovil, England.
<http://www.little.jim.freeuk.com>


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Sail when you can, row when you must, motor only
when you have to be at work in the morning.

Alastair Law
Yeovil, England.
<http://www.little.jim.freeuk.com>
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Brian Chislett 2642
Thanks for mentioning Cobnor Alistair. I am away in Germany for most of August
so cannot attend. I have my eye on a few rallies in September and October,the
Miracle should be more than ready by then.
Cheers
Brian

> On 17 August 2017 at 17:44 "Alastair Law 2624 [via DCA Forum]"
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> Hi Brian,
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> Will we see you at Cobnor?
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> On 17 Aug 2017 at 7:26, Brian Chislett 2642 [via DCA Forum] wrote:
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> >
> >
> > Thank you Mike and Liz for your advice.I have been a frustrated DCA
> > member for some time having been unable attend Rallies as
> > launching/recovering my Silhouette trailer sailer too difficult on my
> > own. Now with the Miracle it's a case of " have boat will travel". If
> > I can't sort the reefing out soon I shall look for some smaller Mirror
> > sails. Thanks again.   Brian
> >
>
> --
> Sail when you can, row when you must, motor only
> when you have to be at work in the morning.
>
> Alastair Law
> Yeovil, England.
> <http://www.little.jim.freeuk.com>
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> --
> Sail when you can, row when you must, motor only
> when you have to be at work in the morning.
>
> Alastair Law
> Yeovil, England.
> <http://www.little.jim.freeuk.com>
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