These boats are built with amazing quality and care. While not as weighty as the Cape Dory"s neither of the Mirages I looked at were decaying from core rot that seems to plaque so many other boats of the time period.
This particular Mirage is the Tall Rig version. Which set it ahead of the other Mirage I looked at off the bat. The Tall rig has a slightly taller mast equating to a bit more speed. Not that we are planning on racing but some times a bit more speed can help us cruisers get to our destinations a little sooner and can help us duck incoming poor weather.
Overall the boat is in good condition, structurally. The previous owner being a mechanical engineer clearly spent some time making sure bolts were torqued, fittings were done right and deck hardware was re-bedded when needed.
Aesthetically the boat needs some work the hull is heavily oxidized even though the pictures don't show it. I'm hoping this will not involve wet sanding the gel coat but suspect it may.
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