Mast Head Wind Indicator Fitting

Discussion in 'Laser Class Politics' started by salvomontalbano, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. salvomontalbano

    salvomontalbano New Member

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    Hi,

    Can anyone tell me if I am allowed to make a small hole in the webbing at the top of the sail to attach a wind indicator fitting?

    I note that the rules say the sail cannot be cut, but it's not obvious to me if this constitutes part of the sail.

    Thanks!
     
  2. AlanD

    AlanD Former ISAF Laser Measurer

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    Contact the World Measurer
     
  3. salvomontalbano

    salvomontalbano New Member

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    Alan,

    Thanks for reply. Excuse my ignorance, but how do I do that?

    Thanks
     
  4. AlanD

    AlanD Former ISAF Laser Measurer

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    salvomontalbano New Member

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  6. jeffers

    jeffers Active Member

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    Why go to all that hassle? Why not get one and modify it so you can stuff it down the front or back of the sail like you would do with a traditional burgee?

    I find burgees are usually more sensitive that the plastic 'vane' type indicators.

    However if you do hear back from the measurer do report back here so we know the outcome. You never know you might start a new trend....
     
  7. salvomontalbano

    salvomontalbano New Member

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    Personally I've always liked the Hawk wind indicators (not the "Little Hawk"). But I don't like them attached on the bow fairlead, or on the mast, so I'd prefer it at the masthead.

    While it's easy enough to stick it down the front of the sail sleeve, at £17 a pop I'd prefer not to lose too many.

    I had an idea to attach it via a hole through the webbing. Of course I could just tie a light line round the webbing and onto the indicator, but I thought this approach could be made neater.

    I'll post it up when I hear something.
     
  8. LooserLu

    LooserLu LooserLu

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    There is no need to drill a small hole into the webbing:
    You're sure doing some biking (95% of the active Laserites do biking) Take a suitable piece of an old inner tube of a bicycle and pull it over the top of the upper mastsegment. Aft you have pulled the sail over the mast, you fix the wind indicator between the tube and the mast. There is enough space between the strap and the sail tube at its top. (This is a hint taken out of an old GER book for introducing into sailing the Laser, I own it from my fist years sailing Laser: "Laser Segeln" by Ulfried Biedermann & Walter Mai, 1979 ).

    A wind indicator a the top of the sail is very useful! It tells a lot more about the wind situation in the upper areas of the sail than a wind vane , such as the Little Hawk or a Surfpilot, at the gooseneck ever is able to do. I don't use one at the top, as I still to often capsize in shallow pools :oops: ...

    Ciao
    LooserLu
     
  9. salvomontalbano

    salvomontalbano New Member

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    LL, That sounds like a good plan... Hadn't heard that idea, but it sounds pretty good.

    I'll need to get a puncture first...!

    Thanks.
     

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