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  1. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    I found this. https://www.einforma.pt/servlet/app/portal/ENTP/prod/ETIQUETA_EMPRESA/nif/515433764/ Your guess is as good as mine as to the fine detail, but it may mean little or nothing. Its not hard to imagine the company appearing dubious financially, after all that fine new factory must...
  2. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    When weight equalisation was fashionable in the UK in the late 90s there didn't seem to be a major problem with people wanting to sail with minimum lead and max wings, at least at class events. But it was policed and people kept their eyes on their competitors. 
  3. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    Hmm, what is cool? When, for example, it comes to celebrity rock star owners the Sunfish scores the biggest fish in the pond...
  4. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    That can be exaggerated. A new Solo, these days, is a boutique craft bought by a committed racer, and yes, they frequently like to customise little things about the boat. But the its much less true of the mass market SMODs. The number of folk tinkering with boats in a dinghy park these days is a...
  5. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    I've never really sussed out the subtleties of the ergonomics. You never here of a Laser being described as a kneeling boat, and yet that's as shallow a cockpit as they come. I built my last Cherub. which was a design with a fair it of freeboard (rather more than a Fireball for instance) with as...
  6. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    I think you are missing out that for many its simply not what they want to do. I have plenty of sea miles on both trapeze and sliding seat boats. Too difficult as in not competent is generally not the issue. The high performance boats are intrinsically very demanding. There's not much recovery...
  7. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    I've long thought that the sport needs a boat/method where destroying your knees with extreme hiking is not possible. Have you noticed that quite a number of sports are having to treat long term health problems caused by participation a lot more seriously than they used to? I suspect this is a...
  8. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    Actually we have fewer active one design classes than in the golden age.  The RYA list ~75 dinghy classes in the current PY list and listed 89 back in 1985. There has been a big switch to singlehanded boats though and there are more of those, about 40 now from 21 in the 1985 PY list. Interesting...
  9. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    I imagine its a development boat. That looked like a convenient way to rig it so that you could easily move the take off point to see what works best. Apart from anything else a fixed point would be cheaper on production boats.
  10. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    That link has gone. This one works https://www.laserperformance.global/pages/portstar (for now?)
  11. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    So the Laser EPS reborn. Remarkable. Hope the hull is a better shape. 
  12. JimC

    Is LaserPerformance planning a new dinghy???

    Lousy hull shape and flawed rig. 
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