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The Boat's History
The Boat's history is always something interesting in my point of view. What I know about the history of Mirage 28 comes from various articles of yachting magazines. If you are able to fill up the gaps please Email me sharing your knowledge.
Thames Marine a yacht building firm at Canvey Island in Essex UK that were producing the Snapdragon range of boats decided to branch a new brand name in the middle seventies. First came the Mirage 37 and around December of 1975 the Mirage 28. It was offered as a "sports cruiser" suited to a family.
According to a quote of the Boat designer David Feltham derived from Yachting Monthly magazine, the brief that he received when ordered to design the boat was "to create a poor man's Swan, a tough, modern cruiser with a performance edge at a sensible price". In other articles I have seen as designer of the Mirage 28 Walsh Wakefield. If you can clarify this for me please do so.
Mirage 28 producing line started in around 1975-76 and lasted until 1985 when it was replaced by the Mirage 2700. Around 506 boats were built the first 300 of the Mark I version until 1979 that Mirage 28 had a facelift with the Mark II version. This had a modified cockpit and a taller rig following criticisms of poor performance in light airs.
The Mirage 28 incorporated many innovations at her time and was an instant success. It was offered at all stages of completion and so many boats have been owner finished and customized. It was popular with flotillas in the Med and probably EFAKI is one of the boats of "Mirage Holidays" that owned more that 30 boats, arranged in flotillas in various parts of Greece.
After financial problems the company finally ceased operations in the mid 80's. The Mirage range was for some time offered in the market by a company called "Boating Scene ltd". A fellow member of a boating forum had in his archive a price list which kindly sent me to present here. The boats were offered ready to sail or for home completion.
Recently I found some more data for Thames Marine. These are from the scanned handbook of a Snapdragon 670 of the early seventies.
The full scanned handbook exists in the site of: Gerrit Wiersma's - Snapdragon 670 named 'Eagle' at: http://www.xs4all.nl/~gwiersma/gerrit/SnapDragon/
This page was last updated: August 30th 2006.