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Everything posted by Bill5

  1. I don’t recall voting for a name change from ISAF. All racing is void.
  2. Hey Gouv. Neither the Constitution nor the rules say anything about an insignia on the sail. You have to buy a sail from an approved builder and can’t add or alter. That’s it. So carry on! PS if you ever organize an October event when ACL is on...
  3. I am also concerned about what appears to be a very steep angle from the thwart into those cleats. Those cleats are meant to be in shear as much as possible. You could have a lot of friction, and an awkward pull angle. Is the entry into the underside of the thwart the same as the top - through a fairlead?
  4. Have a look at the photos of boats from the UK - your post of Aug 16, Iain CE’s of Sept 7 and GBRNoah’s of Aug 18. You will see those boats have very little on the thwart - I believe most are on the centerboard cap like GBR’s or on the side of the centerboard box. The crew needs a place to sit and slide, plus you may find lines (spin sheets come to mind) getting hooked around those wood blocks. And your crew’s trapeze harness. Are those blocks screwed and glued? You may have the odd tack in a blow where the crew is coming in off the wire aft foot first and his foot smacks into one of those blo
  5. Lots of work! I do, however, see some problems with a thwart that is that busy.
  6. That price is pretty close to a Topper in the UK. How can that possibly be sustainable?
  7. This is key. Even as a SFOD in the early days there were certainly variances in specs and quality. Some of those Quebec boats were leaky messes. And one could seemingly order bespoke boats from LPE in latter years. Commitment to QC/QA by the builders along with vigorous and consistent monitoring by ILCA should create the most level playing field in terms of performance yet. I think variances between builders will be in the finish i.e. cosmetic in nature.
  8. And from the master: https://www.roostersailing.com/blogs/tuning-guide/laser-mast-rake
  9. So around the same period of time there were Lasers being built in NZ, Aus, USA, England, Ireland and Canada. It could be argued the boat never really was a true SMOD for more than a couple years. And there is no way those oldies were equal! And at this stage, I don't believe we have enough (any) evidence that the new regime boats are becoming less equal.
  10. Plus Lasers were being built in England in 1972 and Ireland along the way as well.
  11. And then PSA came along - I can't track down exactly when. Interestingly, Ian Bruce was involved. I met Don Trask at the Laser NA's in 1975 in Oxnard. Wind emptied out and we drifted alongside each other for about an hour. Nice guy!
  12. When do you think Laser discontinued being a SMOD? I recall as a kid folks taking about the Trask California boats being better.
  13. I remember the ad in Sailing World comparing it to “Brand L” with claims that upwind speed was comparable, but off the wind it wasn’t even close.
  14. Side bar of all side bars: Note Alberta just won the Briar. Few on this thread will have a clue...
  15. This is interesting - and nice to see nobody accusing someone of being an idiot or a liar. From a promotion standpoint, what should this entail for ILCA? They have a great website for all sailors - members or not - and will support activities of the District Secretaries. ( @RobbieB maybe you can elaborate.) Are we talking about advertising? Concerning the builders, I am thinking they will still do their own marketing. Ovington are already advertising the fastest ILCA. Note I have no strong opinion on this one - just interested in the conversation.
  16. @Mambo Kings- how many Viper builders are there?
  17. Found this: Your rights under the Consumer Rights Act are against the retailer – the company that sold you the product – not the manufacturer, so you must take any claim to the retailer. Go get 'em! You will make a lot more friends with your crusade!
  18. Interesting. Fees have been part of the cost of Lasers and sails for years. Do you poms get to sue? Who do you sue - the dealer?
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