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  1. If they could afix a WS plaque to the hull (in the USA), that would add a bunch more % of value to the boat
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    Laser Class Rules. Control lines

    I paid a bit more than I should have for 32xxx (a 74-ish build) then overcapitalised by updating the controls (with second hand parts). That took me from floundering a lap behind, up to mid fleet in our small and broadly capable club (occasionally 10 Lasers, ranging from kids who never raced the club Optis they learnt in, up to former national champs). Then I upgraded to 196***, which placed me about the same in 2 races before COVID killed the season. My new boat feels nicer, but that's probably as much new boat smell as anything. It doesn't leak, which is nice. Hopefully I'll continue to improve when we can race again. If you're going to be finishing mid fleet or worse, your boat is less of a liability to your results than you are. But spending money upgrading a wrecked boat is not good economics.
  3. I'm known by my cycling mates (some of whom also sail) as Billy Goat, because I usually wear a 2-3" goatee beard. So there's that angle as well. I call my catamaran "Two Goats" for consistency. Unfortunately (actually not unfortunate at all) a local winery also knows the joke, and makes a "One Goat" Shiraz. He has got his One Goat into the bar at the sailing club. So people assume my One Goat is somehow related to his One Goat, and don't understand the backstory of either. But yeah, new Laser is ready to go after iso is lifted (in time for next season at least?), so that confusion can be consigned to history. Just need to lock in a new name. But will I change my username or not?
  4. That joke is usually told with regard to one goat. That's (part of) the origin of my yellow Laser's name. Now I have a newer Laser (and can't sail it). Needs a more tasteful name, methinks.
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    Vinyl wrap foils?

    We know that ultra polished foils give better lift:drag performance. Has anybody considered wrapping them with a gloss vinyl? Either as a sacrificial protective layer for training and club racing, to protect the factory coating which can then be stripped and buffed up for important regattas, or as a special ultra slippery finish applied fresh for regattas. Even something DIY like window tint film (done well) would be a lot smoother than my foils, and potentially easier than elbow grease. I've read of people vinyl wrapping keelboat hulls for cosmetics, but how does the drag compare?
  6. Their affordable one-design boats cost relatively more on the second hand market than similar age and condition boats of unknown and/or development classes. The previous owners also probably paid a little over the odds for the boats when they were near new and in regatta condition, considering how simple and technically unsophisticated they were. But they got good use out of them and knew they would have some residual value after a few years ownership. The people who bought the boats new paid quite a lot for their simple one-design boats, including a modest levy to support the organisation that regulates their one-design construction and arranges the big well-attended international regattas they chose to play in. They accepted these price tags and levies because that's the price of entry to the game they have chosen to play, and they know that there's a thriving market for lightly used boats at a reasonable price, covering a significant percentage of the new boat cost when they update every couple of years. Everybody benefits from the class association, directly or indirectly; everybody contributes to the tuning costs of the class association, directly or indirectly.
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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    The event sails for an ILCA event had the ILCA logo on them. Has anybody looked at the rest of the boat? Any Laser starbursts on any of the rigging?
  8. When the International Olympic Committee organise a regatta, they put the Olympic logo on the mandatory event sails. When the ILCA organises a regatta, they put the ILCA logo on the event sails. The boats are supplied by PSA in a territory where PSA has the rights to brand them as Lasers. I'd bet pounds to peanuts there is Laser branding somewhere on the boats, and after the regattas, they will be sold off as Lasers. Re: attached image - ermagerd, they've banned the Laser name and renamed us the Olympic Single Hand Dinghy class! (2016)
  9. The "original vision" never considered the fact that the boat would go considerably faster if you bend spars and stretch sails way beyond their original design parameters. Once that had been established, you're not going to win races unless you can bend and stretch like everyone else. Extreme trimming is standard racing technique. That means brute force and esoteric techniques that are peculiar to Laser sailing, or it means mechanical aids like cascading vangs. And once we all know about the benefits of extreme trimming, things are going to break regardless whether you vang on mechanically or by sitting on the boom or kicking the mainsheet. Modern Laser sailing is nothing like the conditions the TGIF was designed for. Nobody predicted this. The original hardware wasn't appropriate for the new reality of club racing, let alone professional sailors training 7 days a week and flying around the world to win races by inches.
  10. Sail area is a self-controlling factor in skiff racing. If you carry too much sail, you swim. If you don't carry enough sail, you don't go as fast as the guys who carry more sail. Until they swim and you sail past them. How much is too much sail? Depends how good a crew you are. And that's how skiff racing remains a true competition of skill, not an equipment arms race. Anyone could go bigger if they wanted to, but you don't win races if you can't control it. So they don't.
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    Craigslist Finds

    I reckon this wasn't an original Laser gelcoat option. Somebody did this on purpose. Designed to induce uncontrollable nausea in opponents? Location - small Australian country town of Yinnar - says it all, for those familiar with the iconic Australian expression "Yeah, nah". ("Yeah"; yes, I have heard and understand your statement: "nah"; no, I don't agree with your statement or proposition).
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    Sunfish / Laser Innovations

    Whatever is easier to find. I understand they share a lot of content but also differ in other content. I think I have the earlier version. Haven't seen the other. I also have his "Fast Performance Technique" which is more about the sailor than the boat. Haven't finished either - I'm digesting slowly as I go. I trained in naval architecture (but never worked in the field - I spent 20 years in noise and vibration engineering (via fluid dynamics) before retraining in clinical audiology. So I probably have a more analytical reading of his material than those with less formal technical training. Some of HPS is quite heavy going... but with real lightbulb moments.
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    Sunfish / Laser Innovations

    Kent, as an aero engineer with a budding interest in dinghy design, you would absolutely devour Frank Bethwaite's books. A fellow aero man, his experimental work on 14' dinghies in the 70s through 90s has revolutionised skiff and is now heavily influencing modern keelboat design. Track down a copy of High Performance Sailing (of which there were two quite different versions). Not everything he explains will be relevant, but you're going to walk away much better informed regarding your Sunfish tweaks.
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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    Victoria (Australia) State Laser championships are on this week in Melbourne. The astute among you might recognise Melbourne as the location of the Worlds this (southern) summer. And the Australian Nationals, also this summer. Huge season in Melbourne this year. This photo was posted by Vic Laser Association's Facebook page this afternoon. Is that a class-legal ILCA sail I see there among the class-legal Laser (TM) sails? The new world order... Interesting to have an ILCA here in Australia, where we still have a local trademark-owning Laser (TM) manufacturer. But I guess PSA is allowed to sell class legal boats and hardware under whatever brand names they and the governing body have agreed to.
  15. Are they certified and documented by the International LASER CLASS Association? They are "boats of the Laser Class". They don't have to be Laser branded boats. It's in the constitution. There was some discussion around this recently, you may remember it.