It seems that its been a slippery downhill slope in quality among the newer lasers. Mine was sailed for the first time as a charter boat at the 2007 Laser Midwinters East. Note the number 188924. My teammate bought his boat about a week before I did (his was also one of the 2007 model charter boats). Both of our boats are already showing signs of wear and just plain bad quality manufacturing. In some of the older models, the hull and deck meeting points in the daggerboard trunk are flush with eachother. In the new boats, they are not flush, and when the boat is upside down, you can see the lip of the deck hanging down when you look into the trunk. This isn't so bad in itself, but listen to this: The hull and deck don't meet squarely, so the daggerboard will always be turned in one direction, causing the boat to be faster on one tack. My teammate's boat must be skewed 5 degrees. Mine is a little better, but still not perfect. Another thing: on the back corner of the trailing edge of the trunk, there is a lot of wear. Your thoughts?