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  1. jeffers

    rs aero

    The laser is an old heavy boat that in Australia at least suffers from shitty build quality, a supplier that doesn't support retailers, who supplies direct to customers, who has no structure in his pricing, not exactly playing the long game. In the rest of the world, the class is suffering from infighting in many areas. Crappy quality sails, and now they have changed the rig as well. Awesome! I agree on the Laser having many faults but it is still the boat than many a budding dinghy sailor will cut their teeth on and will do so for many years to come simply because you can buy an older boat that with a bit of work and a new sail is perfectly competitive for club level sailing. The retailing model in the UK is the same though. There are 1 maybe 2 'dealers' (how well they are supported i could not say) but most people buy direct from Laser Performance (I appreciate the we don't have the geographical issues that you do in Aus). As for the sail change, the new ones look good and seem to be lasting much better. Not so convinced on the composite top section in the short term though. I don't think any of the new classes (D-Zero, Aero or Melges 14) is likely to challenge the Laser for many years to come. I am guessing you have an axe to grind with GS though.
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    It isn't just me then... I thought I was special
  3. jeffers

    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    No a question was asked and I answered it as I believe to be the truth (with regards to the way the Aero halyard cleats). Feel free to correct it if you think it is wrong. Anyway it is true about the D-Zero (but then again being an apparent paid troll I would say that wouldn't I, still waiting to be paid though)
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    The halyard is spliced onto a short piece of thicker line and that engages in a cleat at the top of the mast. There's then a boss on the side of the mast that you route the halyard around to another cleat on the front of the mast. If you get it tight it does not flap that I've ever noticed. The remaining tail then tucks into a sail pocket by the tack. All rather neat and simpler than I'm making it sound.Anybody figured out how to modify mast bend with this setup? Or is the mast layup designed to take this into account? Does what sounds like a wraparound halyard chafe against the mast as it flexes? Is the mast top cleat a halyard lock? On the Aero is it a v-cleat I believe. A halyard lock would work better IMO. That is what we have on the D-Zero and no chance of it popping out as long as you make sure the ferrule goes in to the lock properly when you hoist.
  5. jeffers

    rs aero

    Is it legal? Kinetics are a lot easier. Don't know if you could do it in an Aero or Melges, but it is fun to stand on a Laser Bow and air row the main. Almost touching the water with the boom is fun. What would standing up in your boat be illegal. Nothing in the RRS to say you must be sat down in fact many performance classes end up with the cre standing on the Foredeck in light winds and following the jib round the front of the mast. Class rules may of course limit this but not in any boat I have sailed in (similar to the 'no hiking' in classes like the SB20 which are 'enforced' by having rails).
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    do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    Not sure how you work that out. Boom height on the D-Zero is more than a Laser so even a tall guy like me has no issues getting through even on max kicker (or vang as you like to call it).
  7. jeffers

    F101

    Probably the same as people who say foiling is the way forward in sailing for everyone. For a lot of people and clubs foiling is not the way forward and is not practical. Foiling, in my view, will be a niche part of sailing.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    A royalty is payable on the sail to someone, that is the reason for the 'button' I believe.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    More to the point do we care?....... On another note.... LP have used strong arm tactics on the 'replica' parts issue. I know of one supplier who has stopped supplying them because another side of their business would suffer as dealers in the UK and US have been told if they deal with any company that provides replica or training parts they will have their dealership status revoked. Fair enough some might say but had LP not been so greedy on the price in the first place it would not be an issue. We were always told one of the reasons genuine parts were so expensive was because of roylaties that needed to be paid.... ya know the ones that weren't being paid...apparently.... I'll get my coat....
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    I think this thread can rest until we hear whether this is the end of the matter or a further settlement or further litigation ensues. If only.....
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    Not that complicated really. Even a self confessed numpty like me can learn to use one pretty quickly. On the Icon I used it on all legs except upwind. I am sure Blaze720 will tell me it should have been in use upwind though ....
  12. jeffers

    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    On the one i sailed it was permanently attached and used on all points of sail except close hauled.
  13. jeffers

    rs aero

    I would be up for that.
  14. jeffers

    rs aero

    ...they often do that for laser now too. The #'s are getting rather pathetic otherwise. The UK Nats are rarely well attended as they do not form part of the international qualifying circuit IIRC. The Masters events are usually very well attended but the sailors there attend for different reasons. The masters crowd are a good bunch on the whole.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Because, if the ICLA was under no obligation to include the trademark, did it not have an absolute right to remove it? Just a minor point, I thought the the ISAF (aka World Sailing, formerly known as IYRU) were the people who controlled issuing the plaque? So the more pertinent question is were they party to the agreements as well as the ILCA. I'll get my coat.....
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    New 2 handed boat from Rondar.

    Having sailed an Icon I can say it is a very nice boat to sail. Surprisingly fast for a 2 sail boat and very simple in terms of rigging and boat set up and carries weight well. I think the US boat will be different though but based on the Icon. I know the guy who developed it has been working very closely with Rondar on this for a while.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Au contraire, its doing its job of making that part of the executive class that works in the legal profession rich. We mere working people shouldn't fool ourselves that the people in the executive services (law, senior government, banking, directors of large companies etc) are there to serve us. That's very old fashioned thinking. That is just a cheap shot. If the parties were to settle this out of court then lawyers would not make a cent, or at worst very little. Lawyers act entirely on their client's instructions, if the client wishes to pursue legal proceedings then that is their choice and their money to spend. It may be that either or both sides have been advised against their course of action, but have proceeded anyway. Or are you saying the lawyers are deliberately offering bad advice, or worse colluding, in order to extend the case? Clearly you have never experienced the Family Court system in the UK which is a license to print money for lawyers (or used to be until the UK Govt cracked down on legal aid for ciivil cases).
  18. jeffers

    rs aero

    Are you able to share the name of the company that does the Aero manufacture? No big secret, Mtag Compisites build them: http://www.mtagcomposites.co.uk. Also they are in the East Midlands not Northern England, (proper north doesn't start til you hit Yorkshire).
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    rs aero

    Hat tip to http://propercourse.blogspot.com/ And this as well. Missed the puff rolling in. Brrr... That was at the Tiger Trophy it was seriously windy. Day 1 got canned and day 2 was not much better but they got 3 races in. I would suspect the Aero needs a similar setup to the D-Zero/RS300 as it too has a flexible carbon mast so keeping kicker on to prevent the mast tip going forwards should help. That and getting weight back and keeping hold of the mainsheet would be useful!
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    meh. I'd be betting the Laser debacle is a small fish in the ISAF barrel Possibly, at the moment all that is happening is the class is damaging itself in the eyes of those who give a damn. At least the finally got the new sail signed off, only took 4 years or so..... Now the carbon top section that is ready for market, think they will agree on that soon? How do you figure. We got dozens and dozens of folks frostbiting Lasers. Can't remember the last time this topic came up (winter or summer) in the club level fleet. Even over beers after racing. There are people who sail and people who talk about it on the internet. Not sure how much any of them sail - or sailed ever - in the Laser fleet but I suspect not many do. The talkers talk and type. The sailors are all still sailing and having fun. Because in the UK the club level laser fleets are in decline. People have had enough of the Laser and are voting with their feet and their wallets. Some traditional classes such as the National Solo are picking up a lot of club and open circuit level sailors. Others are trying the new classes such as the D-Zero and RS Aero and are liking what they see. For example my local club (which is a small club) used to get up to 20 Lasers out for a fleet race through the summer usually averaging out around 12-13. Now they are lucky if they get 2 or 3. Most of the class stalwarts have moved to other classes.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    meh. I'd be betting the Laser debacle is a small fish in the ISAF barrel Possibly, at the moment all that is happening is the class is damaging itself in the eyes of those who give a damn. At least the finally got the new sail signed off, only took 4 years or so..... Now the carbon top section that is ready for market, think they will agree on that soon?
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    rs aero

    In the UK at least the boat is being treated by most clubs as 3 different classes with a different PY for each sail.
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    Lasers - Applying a Blow Torch

    Nice to seethe 'patented' mast tube has cured the nasty crease issue from the clew to the mast join then......
  24. jeffers

    rs aero

    A few have appeared on Apolloduck in the UK but you need to do an advanced search for 'Aero' as there is no Aero section in the RS part of the site.