Admiral Hornblower

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  1. Admiral Hornblower

    "Is the LP Laser gonna make it?"

    Here you go RobbieB
  2. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    my boat is a 73'
  3. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Hi, any tips for painting my laser hull? The gelcoat is faded and dusty as well as being covered in fine scratches. Could I use paint? Or does it have to be gelcoat? Would paint like this work https://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-206999-Marine-Topside-1-Quart/dp/B000BZTJT2/ref=sr_1_ I'm trying to get this done before the wet season sets in here in Ohio, (I would have to paint it outside)
  4. Admiral Hornblower

    "Is the LP Laser gonna make it?"

    +1 https://www.sailboats.co.uk/laser-harken-xd-kicker-top-bloc And for a dinky little block like that, we're supposed to pay the equivalent of $40?! and that's the sale price. Absolutely ridiculous! And if you want to buy the same article from a different but not Class "' approved" company, its illegal. Convenient. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr End of rant
  5. Admiral Hornblower

    "Is the LP Laser gonna make it?"

    https://www.velasailingsupply.com/laser-performance-laser-radial-race-version Like this? Are these boats class legal? If so, maybe this is the time to buy new lasers! $8000 vs $6000...
  6. Admiral Hornblower

    How to test if a dinghy will sink safely?

    Did you ever get her sailing?
  7. Details would be welcome, wind speed, type of boat, ect. Probably the fastest I have ever been on a dinghy was on a Fireball in 9 to 25 kts. Unfortunately I didn't have a GPS.
  8. Admiral Hornblower

    Whats the fastest you've ever been on a dinghy?

    Went out yesterday in about 15-20 mph, gusting 25. An absolute blast! I have never felt or been so fast on a single handed dinghy before. Bouncing and surfing off waves, getting soaked and blinded by spray, feeling like I was on the back of runaway horse... yeeeha! Pardon my excessive excitement, but we rarely get high winds here, and this is the first time I have been on a Laser in high winds! I love Laser sailing max speed was slightly under 13 mph.
  9. Admiral Hornblower

    What is this dinghy?

    https://www.offcenterharbor.com/videos/basic-sailing-nutshell-pram/
  10. Admiral Hornblower

    Whats the fastest you've ever been on a dinghy?

    some great pics of a Raven
  11. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    I would be VERY obliged if someone would ask the moderator to change 'lips' to 'tips' for me.
  12. Admiral Hornblower

    North American Laser Masters Sailing?

    https://sailingforums.com/threads/laser-204421-2013-for-sale-radial-and-4-7-rigs-and-sails.42967/
  13. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Thanks! I totally agree, and i certainly would be focusing on boat handling except.. the sailing season is over at our club which is a beastly shame, since the sailing season could be extended for at least another month. And, it is very difficult to have my mom take me to the water, for many legitimate reasons. So I'm thinking, I might as well get the boat as race ready as possible, to prepare for the next season.
  14. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Is this what you mean by a contour pad? And are you saying to use this instead of the orbital sander?
  15. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Come on, give me a break. I didn't notice that typo until the time limit for editing had expired.
  16. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    BTW, is there a way to check for stiffness?
  17. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    I can definitely get the hull to ''oil can'' by pushing down firmly with my hand in certain places. Will that affect my performance very much? the hull does seem quite stiff, though. Which I think is good.
  18. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Could a a orbital sander be used for the first couple rounds? And then finish off with the batten and the finer grit?
  19. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Thanks! this is just what I needed.
  20. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    yup, they worked.
  21. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    Wow, I think that might be the way to go for me! Much simpler and cheaper than painting. My laser happens to be a 73' as well
  22. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    For some reason I can't view those pics...
  23. Admiral Hornblower

    Iips for painting a Laser hull.

    how does a sanded polished hull...ect, compare to fresh paint in looks? someone from our club said that if I sanded down all the scratches without repainting it would weaken the hull...