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  1. Eddie_E

    Estimating Sailing Time?

    The piece that the vang key goes into is riveted to my Laser boom with 3/16 stainless steel pop rivets, as are the the out-haul cleat and most everything else. I won't be able to measure my boat until Saturday, but I'm guessing the boom is around 2" round aluminium tube and the lower mast is 2 3/8" round tube. I'm making a huge assumption that all non-race 14' sailboats built between 1982 and 2010 have a round boom, because that is the cheapest way to do it with a loose footed sail. I also assume that most of them have an oval extruded mast with a bolt rope slot. You might have to do some hillbilly engineering if you yours is different. My Holder 14 had a 1/4" bolt through the mast at the mast step, so I'm guessing another hole 3 inches above that might be OK. It might be worth looking over a Capri 14.2 to see how they did it at the factory. I think they sell a lower block that tightens in the bolt rope slot with 2 screws and wedges.
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    The Laser vang attaches with a T shaped key that pops right out when you release tension. Both pieces are here half way down the page. http://www.intensitysails.com/prspandfifor.html Watch a laser rigging video on Youtube to see how it works. Vang bottom http://www.intensitysails.com/orstvablforl.html Vang bottom http://www.intensitysails.com/orsttopvablf.html Vang key http://www.intensitysails.com/hoalcuvakeyf.html line for vang https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-5-16-x-50-Braided-Utility-Line/132801939
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    Intensity sells most of the "real" vang hardware in the Laser parts section of their site. They also sell 3/16 steel pop rivets to mount to the mast and boom. A real down and dirty test unit could be made by running a hose clamp around the boom with an S-hook and some cheap pulleys from Ace Hardware. Tractor supply sells a $10 cargo lift ratchet block that worked OK on my Holder for a while, but it did have some plastic in the housing. Mine never broke, but I wasn't really cranking down to bend the mast and boom like a modern Laser. Just keeping the boom from rising in 18+ knots downwind. The best answer would be to find a real vang from a 70's Laser. A real racer wouldn't be caught dead with the low powered unit, but most Laser racers are hoarders that keep old spares in the junk drawer. It would be an aluminium version of the one above.
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    Estimating Sailing Time?

    Well I don't have any great math for you, But I can say for sure that you want your upwind tacks to be out on the open ocean. The wind is smoother and steady away from the tree line and you might get lucky and find some 16 mph wind off shore and get the boat up on a plane. Tacking on a screaming reach is way more fun than trying to point too high in a channel at below hull speed.
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    I Want to Buy a Sailboat BUT.....

    I would be very tempted by that deal. Mostly because the motor, if it's running well, could be worth $750 and it has the roller furling upgrade that adds some value. After watching the video on the American Sail link, it has a better layout than my Holder with maybe an extra foot of cockpit space. I agree with others that it won't be your last boat if the family does like sailing. Even if you keep the motor and sell the 14.6 in a year, you still have a motor that will get a 17' Daysailor out of the harbor. None of us can tell you much about your family's reaction to sailing. Sometimes older and more civilized people run back to shore the first time a boat heels over a little never to return. On the other hand some will be hiking out in 20 mph winds. If your kids are teens, they might sail with you 5 times to learn the ropes and want a $400 Sunfish of their own. Heed the advice of those who say stepping the mast of a 17' is the max for one large adult and a young helper. Also boats get heavy once they start adding lead in the hull and cast iron center boards. A 14 is probably around 380 lbs ready to sail, a 17' DS2 around 600 lbs, A Mariner 19' 1150 lbs and a Catalina 22 around 2600 lbs. You don't want to become that guy with the 3000 lb permanent lawn ornament. If you do, there are people on CL that will pay you $100 to remove a 27' sailboat from the stands in their yard.
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    I Want to Buy a Sailboat BUT.....

    I have sailed many days in a 14 foot Holder that measures exactly the same as a Capri 14.2 and has the same sail area. I found the design to be very stable and passing boats, even V8 powered boats and packs of jet skis were not an issue at all. The big negative for my wife and I was how little room there was once we stowed a small cooler and 2 life jackets. They sail well with 2 adults or 1 adult and 2 small kids, but even with 2 adults, plan on a new sailor being tangled in the jib sheets and getting bruised on the swivel cleat from time to time. The good side is a Capri 14.2 is very hard to capsize and when you do one adult can easily right it and sail away. Search for a newer one that has a roller furling on the jib if you go this route. If buying other clones like the American or Holder, only buy one with a swing up style centerboard. I made the mistake of borrowing a friends O'day Daysailor 2. The wife loved it and found it more relaxing to sail and more stable, even though it's a bit faster. So for us around 17' is the sweet spot for boats that trailer easily behind a small truck or mid-sized car. If I find a Capri 16.5 I will buy it because of the newer design and more cockpit room. A DS is more stable though. If I lived at the ocean in NC, I would also be looking at Mariner 19's and O'day 192 CB models. They also trailer well, but they have some lead in the bottom and a cast iron swing up center board making them very stable in swell and the weighted CB can be left un-cleated to drag across sand bars. At 1100 lbs, they need a 4 hp motor to use an area like Murrells Inlet. The 14.2 can be moved slowly with a kayak paddle. I love the Hobie 16, but the wife is not so sure, as it takes 2 full sized adults to right one. The wife thinks I'm a bit of an ass because I like to fly the hull with her on board.
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    Cheap, Fast Dinghy

    One moved on to Fortnight and the other went kite surfing with Richard Branson.
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    How lucky are we?

    Nessey is going to eat good this week. Sail faster gentlemen.
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    Olympic classes support in the USA

    The Olympics are just not interesting anymore in the US. It's not just sailing, but any sport or hobby. You have good local support in most sports and hobbies that fill the void. A runner can go to the Boston Marathon, Triathletes can go to Hawaii for fame and glory. There are also many regional events that are far less expensive and are within easy driving distance. There are also more places for big sponsors to advertise, so they won't spend it all in one event. Even F1 car racing, who previously had unlimited funds, now has strict limits on money. The other issue in the US is that culture has changed. Any overt sign of national pride, Southern pride or any other pride is instantly linked to racism, even if none is intended and the participants are varied. No corporation wants to take that chance. Nationalism and racism is the one thing you can't defend yourself against with facts. It's really a matter of public perception and accusations. So support your local regatta and forget about the Olympics. This won't be an issue for long anyways, as most millennials won't look up from their phones to watch the Olympics or any sport they don't compete in.
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    The Onion

    One never jokes about The Onion.
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    Radio controlled sailing

    What are people running for servos on the main sheet and jib on small boats with a 300~400 sq/in main sail. I'm thinking about scratch building a small cat or two to entertain us between Laser races. I have several metal geared 100 oz/in laying around the house from helicopter and car projects. Do I need a continuous rotation sail winch servo?
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    What a money pit!

    We have re-located many Massholes to NH, so the taxes up there should be out of sight soon enough.
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    Cheap, Fast Dinghy

    Check the CT Craigslist in the Spring, like sometime in May. On a super cheap budget there should be a few options for a young sailor. Force 5's show up in your area for $800 all the time. Laser 2's around $1K that will both take a friend. If you plan to sail alone a lot with a few club races, I still think the plain old Sunfish with an Intensity race sail is the most fun per dollar that has ever been invented. You should be able to do the Sunfish with a brand new sail for $600 or less. If the cat is still in your mind, there will be dirt cheap Hobie 16's around in the Spring too. A Hobie Wave is a more durable boat over time. They also cost double on the used market.
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    I just bought a 'Mystery Dingy'! What is it?

    I wonder if one of the Zuma sails from Intensity would be similar enough to use?
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    Huh? New Sunfish Class?

    As near as I can tell, there are new boats being made in the USA that have a similar size lateen sail. One I found while looking for parts last year was Sunblazer. https://sunblazerboats.com/ I think there might be something else by American Sail as well. Once the race officials break the link to LP, club racing only gets better.