Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by Goonie, Oct 16, 2002.
What is a good weight to switch from Radial to Full? When did you guys and gals switch?
the brochure says optimal crew weight for the radial is at 110-150 pounds. the laser is 160-190 pounds.
110 is still too light for a radial - try 135 -160
i wouldn't agree with that. i'm 95 and have no prob keeping one down till around 17knts
Yeah, but after 17 knots, then what? 95 is too light.
ok poeple i'm just backing up what the brocheur says. what else would you sail, a 4.7?
Yeah! Why not?
okay, 135-160 is WAY too heavy for a raidal. The world champs a couple of years ago only weighed approximately 130!!!!
exactly why the optimal radial weight is 110-150 lbs.
I NEED HELP FAST!!! Can someone please tell me the OPTIMAL crew weight for the 4.7!!!
EDIT: Found it !
ive heard the optimum weight for a radial at about 140.... def dont wanna be over 150 tho... i guess you could do it but it would be painful in light air. it seems like too big of a gap though, b/c you're not going to be that competitive in a fullrig until 165-170. I guess you just dont want to be in the 155-165 range. too bad b/c thats what a lot of teenage guys would be.
It depends alot on the wind strength as well. If I'm just out having a good time I find that in heavy wind I can maintain much better control with a radial than a full rig. Consquestly providing me with the ability go faster instead of fight the boat for control. 8)
in regards to a 4.7, basically, i'd say like 90-125 or so. I'm not positive, but that would be my guess
See the PSE's (UK and Europe manufacturer's) site (www.lasersailing.com) for ideal crew weights. Select boats, then laser, then 4.7 and find the "tech spec" section. The figures are in kilos: 2.2lbs = 1kg. This will give a sailing weight not a racing weight so add a bit to the lower end of the range for the ideal racing weight but you should be able to handle a 4.7 at the weights specified.
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