Foredeck Shuffle

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    Absolutely, positively Laser

    Totally agree. You will never look back. Fun is as fun does.
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    US Sailing OD Survey

    Worth another shot. And the status needs to be understood by clubs. Some are disallowing any boat that does not have a USS D-PN.
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    US Sailing OD Survey

    What a world it would be if US Sailing took up the cause of pushing for more inclusion. I took some time, the last time you and I discussed this, to see how many boats were included from classes in the D-PN list that seem far fetched to me and found that there are some that had very few built boats. I think there a number of not really OD boats on the list because USS was much more accepting of new data to include boats, in decades past. For example, what is an X-14? How many B-14's ever made it to the US? And how about all of those Catalina 13, 14.2, and 16.5 OD's? The MX Ray, there's a booming past OD, yes? Was the Wizz 14 ever popular? I think a hint is included in the rating list where there is a lack of ratings in different wind ranges for many boats. How does that happen in an active OD sending in data? I think I'm being fair here, I'm using old OD texts to research this, see one of the books inner covers that I'm checking in on, "The Sailboat Classes of North America". And back to USS favored boats, the Musto Skiff is on this list how? Accepting data for new boats doesn't seem to be something that USS does anymore. Why doesn't a boat like the Flying Moth, RS Aero, or VX/One have a rating at this point if USS were still trying to rate OD classes? Seriously, RYA has a rating and is actively changing it for the RS Aero yet the US with multiple fleets and more boats every week has nothing? There are other, newer OD's classes but find evidence that USS is bothering? If you think I'm wrong, tell me who I'm supposed to be sending data to when I have boats without USS D-PN ratings that sail in recorded races against boats with USS D-PN's? I will be excited and happy to be proven incorrect. And I'm a member, been one for a long time, I'm not throwing stones. I want help, but USS is silent. High-jack their survey for a good cause.
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    US Sailing OD Survey

    I high-jacked the survey to reply about Portsmouth, knowing I'll be ignored. I'm encouraging you to do the same. OD dinghy sailing starts many way: A Few Juniors: Opti --> C420 --> More OD's Many Juniors: Opti --> C420 --> ??? (likely quit for some other sport) Most Juniors: Some Old Boat In Porrsmouth --> Some Old Boat In Portsmouth They Own --> ??? OD or New Portsmouth A Rare Junior: Family OD --> Maybe Something Else But Often Another old OD Adults follow a similar pattern minus the out of date Opti/C420 paths. While where I live it is always the path of the first two bullet items above, I feel that most sailors, adult and junior, follow the path of the last two bullets. And US Sailing does nothing for that. I have seen no proof that US Sailing updates Portsmouth numbers unless they are new boats that have been selected for the Olympics. Very few dinghy's built after 1998 are in the US Sailing Portsmouth list, meaning that many places have no idea how to rate them and some regattas reject traveling Portsmouth boats. Last year I emailed several US Sailing reps about this and received no replies. I have sent in results using US Sailing forms for times for boats not on their list and received no reply. Not everyone wants to sail a dead, former OD.
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    Peeling Gelcoat Project - Laser

    Thank you Gouv! This is the post I needed for this winter.
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    Peeling Gelcoat Project - Laser

    No. Based on advice from those that know and posted a reply here, decision was to wet sand, compound, polish, and go sailing. This winter the old gelcoat will get sanded more thoroughly and new gelcoat spayed.
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    Does your dinghy have a name?

    Torched Flamingo Scurvy Flamingo Rhum Gone
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    Craigslist Finds

    I would buy it if not that the cost of transport far exceeds the cost of the boat.
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    Peeling Gelcoat Project - Laser

    Didn't know about sections, I have several standards and the one I cut is from the 70's. Found a used Radial section for nothing. Boat awaits compounding and wax (her project now), otherwise complete with a good practice sail.
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    minimum wind prediction for regatta

    On the east coast of the US this sounds close to a typical summer day; go racing. This is why you should always race a boat with an SA/D (with crew) in the range of 30-45 upwind, 80-120 downwind, and a D/WL (crewed) of 60-120. If it blows 20+ and this isn't your thing, stay on shore and have a cocktail and marvel at your own brilliance. The other 95% of the days, go racing and enjoy being quick in 4kts.
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    Peeling Gelcoat Project

    The owner tried it out, wife ended up liking it for sails on a lake, had kids, life moved on, they just kept the boat for no good reason. It moved out of the garage and was outside and they decided to let it go. It turns out the hull is in excellent condition.
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    Peeling Gelcoat Project

    Tom, Thank you! Didn't know that. I'll have to find an old radial bottom section and the old bottom section I cut is kaput. Update. All parts replaced, new vang, some other new parts, others from parts I had, cut down a spare full bottom section I had to Radial size, replaced vang strap with plate for vang key, new plastic caps, boat is in XD configuration except I did not use the 2018 hiking strap rigging method. Hull wet sanded down, tedious but the results were good and it is a lime green hull. The hull is stiff and the smell of off gassing from the long past filled the garage while re-bedding or replacing everything. Minor repairs to foils to prevent water ingress in case there is foam in either. Various lines were color coordinated with different colors of green and orange except the gray mainsheet buzzline, we are going for a 70's vibe. Still need to finish compounding, polishing, and waxing this weekend and then she will go sailing and racing. This winter the gelcoat will be sanded down more aggressively, matched lime green gelcoat sprayed in the spring, sand, compound, and polish again. Damage to the foils ground back out, filled, sanded, and gelcoated international orange, polished back to standard Laser form. Wood hand rails and tiller revarnished, new carbon tiller extension added. I suspect this boat will look nicer than most of the boats in our yard. Thank you to the folks that answered the gelcoat question, gave confidence to get the boat in the water asap and do a correct job during the winter.
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    Peeling Gelcoat Project - Laser

    Update. All parts replaced, new vang, some other new parts, others from parts I had, cut down a spare full bottom section I had to Radial size, replaced vang strap with plate for vang key, new plastic caps, boat is in XD configuration except I did not use the 2018 hiking strap rigging method. Hull wet sanded down, tedious but the results were good and it is a lime green hull. The hull is stiff and the smell of off gassing from the long past filled the garage while re-bedding or replacing everything. Minor repairs to foils to prevent water ingress in case there is foam in either. Various lines were color coordinated with different colors of green and orange except the gray mainsheet buzzline, we are going for a 70's vibe. Still need to finish compounding, polishing, and waxing this weekend and then she will go sailing and racing. This winter the gelcoat will be sanded down more aggressively, matched lime green gelcoat sprayed in the spring, sand, compound, and polish again. Damage to the foils ground back out, filled, sanded, and gelcoated international orange, polished back to standard Laser form. Wood hand rails and tiller revarnished, new carbon tiller extension added. I suspect this boat will look nicer than most of the boats in our yard. Thank you to the folks that answered the gelcoat question, gave confidence to get the boat in the water asap and do a correct job during the winter.
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    Peeling Gelcoat Project

    Thank you everyone, greatly appreciated! Why do this? This was the boat she could afford and I had nearly all of the rest; parts, a spare full section that can cut down to a radial, a repairable dolly, and pair of full and radial sails with less than a season that I can spare. While most of us here on this site can buy and throw away a Laser and not think about the cost, most people on the planet cannot. She is also participating in the repairs and will be able to maintain the boat long term and hopefully graduate to other boats.
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    Peeling Gelcoat Project - Laser

    Cross linking this because I need an answer quickly before this boat hits the water. If you understand fiberglass hulls well, do me a favor and read/reply to this post. Peeling Gelcoat Project - Laser