Recent content by AlanD

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    The future of the laser: sorcerer's apprentices and the goose that lays the golden eggs by Gilles GLUCK

    I'll add a couple of points. For the Olympic Sailing for the Sydney 2000, you did not have to be perched high on a ferries. Depending on which course the boats were on the boats were very visible from the shore. All but one course was inside the harbour and were visible from the normal...
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    The future of the laser: sorcerer's apprentices and the goose that lays the golden eggs by Gilles GLUCK

    I have to agree LaLi. The first 8 pages were entertaining. After that they become fanciable, little more than the old anti anglo rant which I thought had died decades ago. I'm not all up in the politics of it all, but there are clear inaccuracies in the technical aspects of the article that...
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    Holt Vang vs. XD

    Which is part of the reason why I got out of the measuring game. I absolutely blame the Laser sailors who purchase "practice equipment" and those that sell it. If people refused to purchase this illegal stuff, then there would be no question if the equipment was originally supplied by the...
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    Holt Vang vs. XD

    I'd suggest you re-read the rules. 3.a.ii. For the purpose of these definitions, the Standard Fittings are the: Plastic cunningham fairlead Plastic cunningham clam cleat Mainsheet block Plastic outhaul clam cleat Plastic outhaul fairlead Vang cleat block Vang key block Vang key Plastic traveller...
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    Holt Vang vs. XD

    Possibly, possibly not. Unless you know the construction manual contents. I can't speak about the Holt fitting as only once was one presented for measuring. However the manufacturer supplied Harken fitting is stamped with "Laser" and the Laser Symbol and this stamping process may form part of...
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    New Laser Class

    You sure Haarstick had the green thread? I remember they tack decal well as they had Haarstick and computer cut. Pretty sure Haarstick were the standard supplier of sails here and they had white thread, but we got a few imported sails that had green thread that were from Hyde I think. It doesn't...
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    New Laser Class

    The buttons, plaques, stickers etc were all introduced to help identify equipment manufactured by class legal builders. As a measurer, it always came down to experience to identify older boats and equipment without the identifiers. If someone turned up with a 40 year old hardstick (spelling)...
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    New Laser Class

    I think your issue is with the UKLA rather than the ILCA.
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    New Laser Class

    From my prospective the Europeans pushing for the split are just like the Brits who pushed to leave the EU. The perceived loss of power in controlling everything (just like the rest of us deal with) leads to a dummy spit. The Brits are coming to the realisation the leaving the EU might not have...
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    New Laser Class

    It's slightly amusing. The say they are the "most democratic", but they wouldn't accept the umpire's decision.
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    Trailering laser on dolly on trailer

    Slide off the back. The tandem+ set up usually involve removing the trolley wheels, but the singles the wheels normally stay on.
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    Trailering laser on dolly on trailer

    Trolleys in our region aregenerally A framed, gunnel supported with no straps under the hull. All are designed to sit on top of the road trailers.
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    Suggestions for a low gudgeon?

    The issue is very often with the base of the tiller being worn leaving to excess slop and wear of the deck etc. also check the grudgeons for excess wear.
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    Can't depower the boat or keep the boom out of the water

    Yes an no. In flat water this works. In choppy water, particularly where Sailor Girl is, you need to go low and feather the sail.
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    Can't depower the boat or keep the boom out of the water

    Not a class in Australia
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