"Safari" Mirage 2700 Lying Essex
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Manufacturers Comments - (abridged from original data sheet)
Characteristically, Mirages are excellent to windward. The Mirage
2700 is no
Bold styling and a generous beam amidships allowed us to push the use of
space in the interior to new limits in this wide- bodied new performance
When we purchased Safari we were looking for a strong, safe, boat with plenty of room and a decent performance. We needed to accommodate six of us as we have four children. The Mirage 2700 has a deep safe cockpit which is very sheltered.
The saloon is beamy with a light and airy feel. The finish is in teak of a good standard as is the rest of boat. Myself and the previous owner (who is a friend and had her from new) have used her lightly - mainly up and down the East Coast and for day sailing. She has always been wintered ashore and has had long periods ashore and out of use before I bought her.
I have sailed her single handed AND with a crew of seven! She is easy to sail, with a light, well balanced helm. She takes the wind very well and the need for mainsail reefing occurs rarely. She is directionally very stable and holds a course very well.
We have done a lot of close quarters work and she manoeuvres well. She is surprisingly versatile in astern - she goes where she is pointed!
For sailing, all lines (except the topping lift) come back to the cockpit.
Last year we were not intending to sell her - in fact she has had quite a lot of new equipment in the last 12 months. However we have now found a larger boat which we hope will enable us to "live" on board for longer periods in preparation, we hope, for more extensive sailing on retirement.
Safari has been lightly used, built in 1980 but not launched until 1983. She has had only two owners from new and is stored ashore each winter. She was out of commission for four or five years prior to her current ownership. The Mirage 2700 is regarded for both its quality of build and for its space below for family sailing. Safari has been well maintained and is offered for sale in excellent condition.
This is one of the best presented Mirages that I have come across. She really does look lovely both inside and out. With her recent rigging, recent genoa and reconditioned engine she is well worth inspection.
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