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  1. I can highly recommend the PT 11 dinghy from Port Townsend Watercraft. http://ptwatercraft.com/ptwatercraft/PT11Home.html
  2. To the original poster ("Why are people still encouraging kids to sail ancient boats like the Laser?")..... Well, because many of us still think the Laser is a truly great boat. Sure, the Laser is simple, and now considered an old (possibly "out dated?") design. And there are lots of other, more modern boats to chose from. But.....most Laser sailors would agree that it requires great skill and practice to get the most out of a Laser in all conditions. Its small rudder teaches balance and punishes lack thereof. Competing in a strict One Design class like the Laser is the opposite of an "arms race", and there's still lots to be said for that. It forces you to focus on things like fitness, kinetics, precise steering, and tactics. It's still relatively cheap, has three sail sizes, retains a reasonable resale value, and is easy and affordable to campaign and maintain. Recreational sailing in a Laser, in lots of breeze, and big waves, is still a challenge and a kick! Big grin for the buck, in my view. There are lots of fellow Laser sailors, of all ages, all over the world, to sail with and against. Now, I bought an RS Aero, which is a far more modern boat. And I love it. But I have kept my Laser, and I still love to sail it. Why is that? The answer to that question, which can be expressed in many different ways by different people, is why some of us still recommend the Laser. Just my two cents.
  3. Pick one of the rigs from the RS Aero?
  4. These are the ones I use: http://www.mcdavidusa.com/knee-sleeve
  5. Try Googling "knee sleeves". I use some of these simple, thin neoprene sleeves when sailing my Aero 9.
  6. I've been sailing Lasers pretty constantly since they came out (shows my age!). I've always thought that the Laser was a "great boat", and I still think so. With the new fittings package, it's a real pleasure to sail. When I heard about the Aero, I was excited, and put in an order right away. Now I've been sailing the Aero 9 for a whole season, and I love it. So I have both a Laser and an Aero 9, and they are kept in two separate locations (countries, actually). I sail the Aero 9 half the year, in France, and then the Laser the other half of the year, in Baja, Mexico. I really enjoy sailing both of them. And I still say the Laser is a "great boat"! Sure, they are quite different. But sailing the Aero has not diminished the pleasure I get from my Laser. The Laser is robust, and low tech. Like a pair of wooden cross country skis. It's all about simplicity, and technique. After sailing it for so many years (I'm on my 5th Laser), it's like an extension of my body. The Aero is much more sophisticated. Modern looking, much lighter, better more tune-able sail, nicer rig and fittings etc. A real blast to sail. But having both is like having the best of both worlds. A pair of book ends, bracketing single handed sailing. Not sure I'd want to sail my Aero right up onto the beach, the way I do with my Laser! My 2 cents.
  7. I've been sailing Lasers pretty constantly since they came out (shows my age!). I've always thought that the Laser was a "great boat", and I still think so. With the new fittings package, it's a real pleasure to sail. When I heard about the Aero, I was excited, and put in an order right away. Now I've been sailing the Aero 9 for a whole season, and I love it. So I have both a Laser and an Aero 9, and they are kept in two separate locations (countries, actually). I sail the Aero 9 half the year, in France, and then the Laser the other half of the year, in Baja, Mexico. I really enjoy sailing both of them. And I still say the Laser is a "great boat"! Sure, they are quite different. But sailing the Aero has not diminished the pleasure I get from my Laser. The Laser is robust, and low tech. Like a pair of wooden cross country skis. It's all about simplicity, and technique. After sailing it for so many years (I'm on my 5th Laser), it's like an extension of my body. The Aero is much more sophisticated. Modern looking, much lighter, better more tune-able sail, nicer rig and fittings etc. A real blast to sail. But having both is like having the best of both worlds. A pair of book ends, bracketing single handed sailing. Not sure I'd want to sail my Aero right up onto the beach, the way I do with my Laser! My 2 cents.
  8. I thought this thread was about the RS Aero....
  9. Here's my 2 cents, as an Aero fan (and Laser sailor / owner). I think the choice between the two boats is a very subjective and personal one. For me, the design, fittings, features and overall appearance of the Aero ticks all the boxes....I just like everything about it (...although I'll make myself a jazzier looking laminate sail). I've test sailed the Aero, and was delighted with its performance, and I have ordered one (the 9). As a "full grown adult", I prefer the bigger rig of the Aero. On the other hand, the appearance of the Zero hull / deck / and especially the transom is a turn-off for me. I like its rig and sail, but not the hull, transom, deck, fittings or cockpit. I'm sure that it's a great boat. I just don't like it. I'll be sailing the Aero on a lake in France, simply for the exercise and enjoyment of it, not racing.....and I don't give a damn about whether there's a fleet of the one or the other. I use my Laser the same way, down in Baja, Mexico. I have shown pictures of the two boats to many of my sailing friends, and we are quite divided about the appeal and appearance of the two boats. So I guess it's a bit like preferences in cars, motorcycles, guitars, planes etc. Whatever turns your crank.
  10. I don't have my Aero 9 yet, so I can't measure, but during my test sail, I had that very issue in mind. My impression was that if you measured vertically from level of the flat part of the Aero's deck , down to the cockpit floor, that measurement would be a bit longer (deeper) than the Laser. BUT, in fact when sailing downwind, and sitting in towards the middle a bit, I ended up with my butt at least partly on the downward slanting inner part of the deck, which made me (my knees) "feel" as though the Aero's cockpit was NOT any deeper than the Laser's. Actual measurements may not show this to be true...but that was the feeling I got. Hiking upwind, the Aero was much more comfortable, for me, than my Laser (which I love, and intend to keep sailing, ... the two boats will be kept in different locations). It felt as though there was noticeably more freeboard, so I could droop hike a bit, without dragging my butt in the water, and it was not necessary to "straight leg" hike. I should perhaps add that I'm 62, and 6'3" (190.5 cm).
  11. Nice to hear that the boom on the 9 does in fact come down to around horizontal when everything is pulled on.
  12. I agree. I'm thinking boom horizontal (not drooping) while fully sheeted on, going to weather. Then when you release the sheet slightly while tacking and jibing, the boom lifts a little.(limited by vang tension). My feeling when test sailing was that the clew of the (7m2) sail was significantly higher than horizontal, even when fully sheeted on, going to weather.
  13. Test sailed the Aero for a hour or so in Carnac, Brittany, France the other day. Me: 62 years old, Laser sailor since 1970. 192 cm, 110 kg. Aero: 7 m2 sail (9 not available due to missing lower mast for this sail size). Conditions: 12 knts average with gusts to about 15. Small waves. The boat was everything I had hoped it would be. Very fun to sail, both upwind and down. Very different feel than a Laser. Great control with the deep rudder, very light helm upwind. A bit hard to find a comfortable / familiar position, running downwind, perhaps due to the downward sloping faces of the inner side decks. But this may simply require more time in the boat. Upwind and reaching, the hiking position was very comfortable, with butt not dragging in the water! The rig / sail combination de-powered nicely in the gusts, so overall it felt like much less work to sail upwind than the Laser. Nice looking sail. I could definitely have used the 9 m2 sail, as I was never really fully hiked out with the 7. If I were to make a sail for myself, I would probably make the leech a bit longer, simply because I am not used to the look of the high aft end of the boom. Maybe the 9 m2 sail is different. I like it! :-))
  14. I'm not too surprised by that. To my eye, the two boats are sufficiently different that they would appeal to the aesthetics and tastes of two different groups. In my case, I'm drawn to the Aero more than the D Zero, but not because I necessarily think it's "better".....it just appeals to me more, for reasons that would be difficult to articulate. Entirely subjective......(like the sound of different guitars)
  15. Hi Williwaw. What don't you like about the sail?