Recent content by AlanD

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    New here, refurbishing an old Laser

    No need to use metal strips etc on the deck/hull joint and yes resin will run out of it naturally, it really is what holds the two pieces together. Years of abuse will mean that the bog holding the joint together is fractured and it will continue to open up because it's weak. Maybe consider...
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    New here, refurbishing an old Laser

    Interesting ..... I'm just flicking through same of the handbooks (1993-2017) and the wording hasn't changed in all that time other than deleting the phase "cockpit centre" at the start of the paragraph between 2000 and 2002. 1993: The cockpit centre mainsheet block.... -1993 Section 13(a)...
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    New here, refurbishing an old Laser

    I don't want to disrupt the thread. But I don't understand how you are differentiating between them. Your standard Harken/Ronstan cleat has swivel, I.e. The pin that you shackle onto rotates in the base of the block.
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    Smart way to rack lasers

    Ground level boats on their trolleys, other levels sitting on their bottoms with the trolleys stored up high. Priority on which level you are on is based on how active you are or whether you are on the class/club committee (benefit of taking on an official roll). It's easy enough to get the...
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    New here, refurbishing an old Laser

    The swivel main sheet block with cleat is still legal. Virtually no one has used that arrangement in decades.
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    I'm a laser owner... Again.

    For what it's worth, fake Lasers were being built in USSR / Russia at one stage, one of these making its way to Spain is far more likely than from different continent with the wrong makings
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    2017 Class Rule changes:

    Pretty simple, just because you can't see it does not mean it is not capable. It is therefore illegal in my opinion. I'm not in any rush to change from my Silva compass and I dread the day when it dies and I need to switch to the newer dual numbered card.
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    Do spars deteriorate?

    I fully agree with all equipment being permanently stamped by the manufacturer. The main difficulty with the legal gear being stamped is that it hasn't been stamped for the last 45 years, so anything presented which isn't stamped can't necessarily be identified as being legal.
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    Heart Rate Monitor

    Sloppy enforcement. Part of the issue when I was doing the job was that all the other IMs were also IJs,. For that reason I didn't get any gigs outside Aus/NZ, as it they didn't want to pay to get someone to regattas whose main role finished before the regatta started. However the IJs aren't...
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    Heart Rate Monitor

    They have also never had sail numbers at the Olympics and they are mandatory. Here has never been a class legal Laser at the Olympics including going back to 1996 in Atlanta.
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    Heart Rate Monitor

    My personal opinion s a former IM for the class is that it is not grey at all. The heart rate monitor is collecting data, it is in use and hence illegal. Just because you don't look at the data until later on is not a valid argument for saying it is not in use.
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    Do spars deteriorate?

    Stickers fall off with age. People also want to use their cheaper illegal equipment for racing their boats and so if removing the sticker makes it look the same as a legal spare which has lost its sticker.
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    Do spars deteriorate?

    A sticker isn't good enough as it's easily removed. None of the copy sails go out of their way to make themselves identifiable, even to the point of using blue corners and a red product label, just authentic radial sails. You try measuring a couple of hundred boats in 2 days and it's easy to...
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    Do spars deteriorate?

    Can you clearly metal stamp the spars with the Intensity Logo. As a former international measurer, it's almost impossible to identify "practice" equipment from the authentic equipment and this played a major component of me stopping being a class official.
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    Do spars deteriorate?

    As explained above, stiffness, how much your mast flexes is a factor or Young's modulus, diameter and wall thickness. Young's modulus is fixed for all alpha phase aluminium alloys irrespective of the heat treatment or hardness and chemical composition (alpha phase alloys only). The yield point...
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