Mirrors are now available in Wood and Composite Glass Reinforced Plastic (a fibreglass - foam sandwich). One of the advantages of a wooden boat is that they are relatively easy to fix. Wooden boats are beautiful, however they do need regular painting and varnishing but a carefully applied paint system should last five years.
The advantages of GRP are that it is lower initial maintenance, but it still requires a lot of care and attention. The disadvantages are that no GRP boat can match the beauty of a well maintained wooden boat and that GRP deteriorates with age, use and exposure to UV light.
New wooden boats can be bought from Alistair Duffin, and the IMCAI web site also mentions that Edwin Brennan in Dunlaoghaire also builds wooden boats.
No special skills or tools required to build a Mirror, and a good dinghy requires approximately 120 hours build time. ISAF approved kits can be acquired from Trident UK the supplier in Europe.
Second hand boats can be found on the International Mirror Class Association of Ireland website or any Clubs notice board. If you are new to this game you should get an experienced hand to carefully check the condition of the boat. Any boat showing signs of neglect or a poorly executed paint job may have hidden problems.
The Mirror Class is administered by the International Mirror Class Association and the Irish branch is the International Mirror Class Association of Ireland.