Plexus is the industry standard for fixing thermoplastic ie non epoxy tracks. You have to chisel track off though. I've heard that getting the hair dryer on it can get results.
For glass or carbon track, you need gurit/sp spabond 345, it has similar shear properties to neat epoxy but is toughened with rubber particles so far less brittle, and is a great consistency for filleting.
Whilst not directly endearing per se, or politically correct, I don't think his speculation regarding ones "lifestyle preferences" constitutes actual homophobia.
An explicit assertion of fear, hatred or prejudice towards uphill gardeners would be truly indicative of homophobia.
I just get the feeling he isn't your #1 fan.
I'd say that his style is somewhat abrasive, but he has more of a clue about modern dinghies and how they are sailed than many prolific posters here, whether his "clue" is first hand or not is immaterial.
Patents can be made on aspect of boat hulls. Google ulstein x bow. Although that is many pages of waffle to patent a form that existed in years BC.
Right, and you can perhaps copyright the plans for scantlings - and in this case the builder's manual. But you cannot patent the hull itself since the hull itself is not a unique object and derives from a lot of prior art that is "obvious". Particularly with the Laser hull, the kickup rudder the daggeboard section, sleeved sail, etc. are all not patentable. Never were. Now if you want to assert that there is something unique about the hull or rig of the Laser - well I think you have a tough row to hoe.
So this is all about trademarks and copyrights. And it absolutely is true that pretty much any builder could take a mold off of a brand new Laser hull and deck (or just copy enough dimensions into a CAD system that it is measurably indistinguishable) and grind out new hulls.
But they could not sell them under the LASER brand any more than a sailmaker can take a brand new Laser Sail, unstitch it, knock off the panels and resell a million knockoff Laser sails while calling them such. A sailmaker CAN do a knockoff, and sell it as a "knockoff" but the trademark protection keeps it from being sold as a LASER sail.
this isn't unique to boat building or hulls or sails. The company that makes sheetrock taping machines apparently does not sell them. The reason is that they are actually pretty easy to knock off. What they do instead is lease them. And the leasing contract requires that you protect the units from being copied. And thus you create a web of contractual liability to protect IP that otherwise would be hard to protect.
I'm fully aware that the laser does not contain anything patentable, somebody had written something wrong on the internet about boat designs being unpatentable and I was just being an annoying pedant.