Definitely, some people win major events on some old boats. Good technique will always go a very long way on the Laser!
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Definitely - rolling is the way to go.
This for sure.
A rivet tool this style works really well: https://www.amazon.com/Scissor-Action-Accordian-Industrial-Riveter/dp/B00O2KJPGO
Use your boom vang liberally going upwind. Most people don't come close enough to how much vang is needed going upwind in most conditions. We have...
Aluminum is what is used on any plastic fittings- like the end caps on the top section and boom. However they are much weaker than stainless, so...
stainless steel is great - just make sure to use lanacote or some other kind of corrosion prevention if you plan on sailing in salt water!
I believe West Coast Sailing has some in stock which you can buy online.
As long as the holes aren't damaged or drilled out you should re-use them. The standard rivet size is 3/16.
Is your tiller a cylinder or a flat carbon fiber one? The older or aluminum style tube tillers are more of an obstacle than the flat tillers.
Your traveler should be very tight and of course a zero-stretch line. As others have mentioned, the smaller the triangle, the better...
Our normal style is to keep the rudder down at all times and tighten the bolt. All you have to do is click it into the gudgeons. This is faster to...
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Could help answer some questions.
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