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I'm looking for my first boat. I am a novice sailer. Did most of my sailing as a scout and some catamaran sailing in the Caribbean. I want a trailer sailer that's not too expensive and will work on the Chesapeake Bay/James River area. There is a Mirage 5.5 on CL for a little while now (which is what had me worried) It's been stripped down. Needs paint and to be essentially put back together. The boat comes with everything to put it back together, a working 6hp Edinrude and a trailer. Guy wants $800 for the whole thing. I don't mind painting and putting it back together. But is it worth it? I appreciate anyone's input. Here's a link to the ad: norfolk.craigslist.org/boa/5760304106.html  

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I have had my Mirage 5.5m for many years now. Not a bad boat, but it has it's drawbacks. The keel is iron, rusting is always a big issue, especially in salt water. It is not a very big keel, so going upwind you will be making a lot of leeway. It is not a very heavy keel either so stability can be an issue when heeling. Don't push it. The boat will pound like heck in heavy chop. Install better companionway boards because there is not much to stop the water in the cockpit from entering the cabin (very low sill). I have camped on mine for week or two on Pamlico Sound. Cramped but I don't mind. Great boat to explore shallow waters. Fast and responsive. $800 is a great deal IMO.  

I have just bought a mirage 5.5...i need to find a mast or new sail plan altogether  

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5.5 was my first boat. I pretty much ditto what krisscross said.  

I know this is an old thread, but did you buy this boat, and do you still have it? Because I just got a mirage 5.5 from a friend in Virginia who got it from another guy, and given some of the dings and nicks in the photo, I'd swear it's the same boat.  

Update, for whatever it's worth... after further research, I'm certain I now own this boat. It's currently wintering in Illinois while I give it a makeover... just finished adding a locker up front for the anchor rode, now working on wiring for new lights.  

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Mirage 24 is a 23 ′ 9 ″ / 7.3 m monohull sailboat designed by C&C Design and built by Mirage Yachts Ltd starting in 1972.

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The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

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Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

Nearly the same as the NORTHERN 1/4 TON though originally designed to compete under the MORC rule. Tall Rig: I: 29.50’ / 8.99m J: 9.00’ / 2.74m P: 25.30’ / 7.71m E: 8.30’ / 2.53m Sail Area (100% fore+main triangles): 237.75 ft2 / 22.09 m2

Short Rig: I: 26.50’ / 8.08m J: 9.00’ / 2.74m P: 22.80’ / 6.95m E: 8.30’ / 2.53m Sail Area (100% fore+main triangles): 213.87 ft2 / 19.87 m2

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