Hey all, I started sailing a Laser about a year ago, it came with the completely original sail controls ie. 3:1 kicker etc. I found all of them virtually impossible to adjust when sailing in anything other than very light winds, especially the outhaul. I have upgraded the kicker to a 6:1 system and also the downhaul. The outhaul is the original one and I find it completely unusable. It feels like a bit of a vicious circle, I dont seem to be able to depower the boat very well in higher winds which means I just end up having a nightmare of a time. It is probably worth mentioning that I am not the strongest of people. I am wondering what you guys might recommend, somebody recommended that I upgrade to an XD equipped boat, would this make control adjustments much easier? Are there any widely used upgrades to the standard controls that dont require XD equipment?? Hope you can help, Im getting reluctant to sail in winds above 8 - 10 knots which seems ridiculous!!