Laser hull number and stacking boats

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  1. Owen Cannon

    Owen Cannon New Member

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    1. Just got my second laser and it doesn't have a serial number on the stern like my first one. It has a sticker in the cockpit but it's illegible. Trying to register the boat is getting tricky.The only number I see on the boat is under the bow handle and it reads 3495. I read somewhere that's the serial number for the oldest lasers? is this right and what year would it make this boat?

    2. I want to stack these boats on my single boat trailer. I see intensity sells a a foam stacker kit but it has no place for spars. Does anyone sell what I'm looking for now? I've given it a good thorough search, links? Or does anyone have a DIY idea on this? Seems easy enough I reckon.

    Thanks and Cheers,
    Owen
     
  2. Owen Cannon

    Owen Cannon New Member

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    Found this in the forums...

    The "drLaser" list, in a more readable form:

    1971 95 - 718
    1972 2100 - 2205
    1973 3230 - 14305
    1974 15430 - 22496
    1975 23926 - 32167
    1976 33426 - 44847
    1977 51221 - 51626
    1978 52604 - 60996
    1979 69547 - 79977
    1980 80467 - 90547
    1981 95129 - 100630
    1982 104258
    1983 109837 - 112339
    1984 114372 - 117859
    1985 117982 - 120978
    1986 121539 - 128447
    1987 129199 - 129368
    1988 134145 - 134953
    1989 130211** - 136849
    1990 138878
    1991 144077
    1992 147273 - 148395
    1993 148878
    1994 152196 - 153019
    1995 153020 - 158000
    1996 158005 - 159878
    1997 160976 - 162136
    1998 164394 - 165011
    1999 166098 - 166145
    2000 166843*** - 168261
     
  3. LaLi

    LaLi Active Member

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    Recognizing my own writing in the above post, I want to add what I said in a later post in that original thread: ...the drLaser list isn't comprehensive by any means. I understand it represents, for each year, the smallest and largest numbers known to its compiler. As some years have only a single number, it indicates that the list is based on a fairly small data set.

    Also, the numbers on that list are very likely reported numbers, rather than confirmed ones.

    So, the early 1970s boats' building years will remain only estimates until better (preferably official/original) data shows up. (And there's uncertainty over the late 1970s, too, and I would question some early 1990s years as well.)

    But if you want to know more about your boat, post pictures of it which could help in determining its age: of the cockpit decal (no matter how illegible), bow number, blades, cockpit rails, rudder gudgeons, the sail (numbers and the tack area), and hull/deck colour.
     
  4. AlanD

    AlanD Former ISAF Laser Measurer

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    It's also quite inaccurate with the Australian/ NZ numbers.
     
  5. LaLi

    LaLi Active Member

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    Yes, we're not even talking about how the different builders' (of which there were nine active at the same time during the peak years) numbers correlate. I believe they're nowadays given in yearly batches; no idea how it was done in the 1970s, and it's possible that there is no documentation left. Maybe only Kirby himself would remember.
     
  6. Owen Cannon

    Owen Cannon New Member

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    I will get some pictures up as soon as the weather cooperates.
     
  7. AlanD

    AlanD Former ISAF Laser Measurer

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    My understanding from PSA is they order and receive a batch of numbers. Australia typically 50 numbers, but I suspect in the USA/EU the batches are probably 100 or 200.
     
  8. Rob B

    Rob B Active Member

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    So, yes. The number on the bow is your number. You have yourself a great granddaddy boat!
     
  9. Owen Cannon

    Owen Cannon New Member

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    Here are a few pictures of the boat. The sticker is on the stern side of the cockpit and the number picture is where the bow eye would be. 20170205_102054.jpg 20170205_102102.jpg 20170205_102114.jpg 20170205_102125.jpg 20170205_102148.jpg
     
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  10. LaLi

    LaLi Active Member

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    Wow. Everything practically screams early 70s!

    Based on the information in Dick Tillman's original Laser Sailing (1975), I would say your boat was built in late 1972.
     

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