Rule Change Question

Discussion in 'Laser Class Politics' started by BobM, May 2, 2008.

  1. BobM

    BobM New Member

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    Now that the Laser finally has a vang that works a downhaul that can be adjusted while hiking and an outhaul that can be adjusted without flipping over, isn't it time to allow Laser sailors to put the rudder down all the way?
    How does one go about proposing a rule change?
     
  2. dougreynolds10

    dougreynolds10 Member

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    The rudder would have to be redesigned and everyone who wants to race would need to buy a new one.
     
  3. BobM

    BobM New Member

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    All you need to do is file a little grove in the head of the rudder where it contacts the front of the rudder head. No new rudder or redesign required. Add a simple rule that states the rudder cant go under the boat to limit the amount of rudder rake.
     
  4. gouvernail

    gouvernail Active Member

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    Have you ever just ground one out and tried it?

    I have and I don't think the difference was all that huge. I did it in 1985 because a few guys swore it was "the way to make a laser faster."

    It did change the feel just a little but if I had not carried two rudders and sailed with each one within minutes, I never would have been able to find a difference.

    Mostly I know this to be true. The rudder is fine as is. If your rudder will not steer your boat, you are doing something else to overcome the rudder's force.

    Example: If you want to bear off, heal teh baopt to weatehr or ease the sail.

    You could probably bear off more easily with a J-24 rudder hanging off teh back of a Laser but, you would go more slowly 100% of the time to buy that extra steering.
     
  5. dougreynolds10

    dougreynolds10 Member

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    I think there are more important things to be done first such as new rules to prevent wear in the centerboard trunk.
     
  6. gouvernail

    gouvernail Active Member

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    That's easy. Ban centerboards
     
  7. SloBoat

    SloBoat New Member

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    Can you wait until after our local Centerboard Regatta?

    Otherwise it might affect t-shirt sales . . .
     

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