Double hiking strap?

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by sk8ingsailor, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. sk8ingsailor

    sk8ingsailor Member

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    So While I was practicing for Bacardi today, I thought why not use the awesomeness of a double strap on a laser? Is it legal? I know how to do it, just is it legal...:confused:
     
  2. ChalmersP

    ChalmersP Member

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    Like would you do an opti hiking strap or two individual hiking straps?
     
  3. sk8ingsailor

    sk8ingsailor Member

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    I guess you've never sailed a star before?

    You keep your legs in the strap, so you can just go. No kicking for the strap.

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  4. 49208

    49208 Tentmaker

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    It's not legal
     
  5. Ross B

    Ross B Guest

    What I just read for part 17, on page 36 for hiking strap, it says nothing about what kind of strap must be used, be it single style, Opti-double style, or that very cool Star style.
     
  6. gouvernail

    gouvernail Active Member

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    Pose it in the measurer's area of this forum and see what answers pop up

    Or come to the Easter Laser Regatta and show me your proposal and I will chat with you about my opinion regarding its legality.
     
  7. Rob B

    Rob B Active Member

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    OK. I"ll ask. Why?
     
  8. LPW

    LPW New Member

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    Stars dont capsize. Lasers do. Dont know bout you, but i dont like the idea of getting trapped under the boat unable to get my feet out of the straps.
     
  9. Ross B

    Ross B Guest

    Star's do capsize! They will lay on their side! Not so much turtle, but they will lay right over.
     
  10. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    If it isn't specifically allowed by the Laser class, it's illegal. Clearly, such a (double) strap would give some people an advantage. Therefore, I will vote for 49208.
     
  11. Ross B

    Ross B Guest

    how can it be illegal if they don't even say what kind of hiking strap can be used?
     
  12. sk8ingsailor

    sk8ingsailor Member

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    then your not athletic enough!

    Its alot easier to get out than you would think.
     
  13. sk8ingsailor

    sk8ingsailor Member

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    For some reason, It wont let me edit my posts. Mods?


    There's a simple solution to that! Dont capsize!

    But yeah, so stoked that it's "legal". Even if it isnt, It would be cool for club races and such.
     
  14. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    You only have a few minute window to edit your post. Don't remember exactly how long. If you tried to edit your post immediately and it didn't work, then we need to get Bradley on it.
     
  15. Eric_R

    Eric_R D10 Secretary

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    You can assume that when it means hiking strap it means only one. Opti style would therefore be out.
     
  16. Ross B

    Ross B Guest

    You can't assume, it has to be written in the rules, which it is not.
     
  17. sk8ingsailor

    sk8ingsailor Member

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    Oh ok thanks mer! I tried to edit it like... 20 mins after I posted it, so yeah...


    And why would I want opti style?
     
  18. Rob B

    Rob B Active Member

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    The general rule of thumb on laser class rules is this. "If it is not stated in the rules then it is NOT allowed."

    Also, I can only see an advantage to this thing on long weather legs, (which does not happen often).

    How quick can you get out of it if you capsize and, (more likely) run into the surprise starboard tacker???
     
  19. Ross B

    Ross B Guest


    Ok, I understand this, but it doesn't even say that it must be a single strap, it doesn't say anything about the strap at all!
     
  20. Rob B

    Rob B Active Member

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    OK. Let's say it's legal. Why would you want it?

    Other than the, (not too often) long heavy air weather leg where you are on one tack for an extended period of time I would see the thing as more of a distraction and added possibility of getting stuck in it at the wrong moment than being an overall advantageous piece of gear.
     

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