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    Drysuit vs Zhik Superwarm Suit??

    Once again great stuff!! Folks bringing the info, correlating kit vs. conditions, very useful, thanks!!!
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    Drysuit vs Zhik Superwarm Suit??

    Hey Everybody, Great discussion!! Thanks for all your inputs, hopefully everyone who read the thread took some value away, I sure did! First "frostbite" last weekend (not exactly Newport or LI Sound cold) was mid-40's airtemp and mid-50's water temp. Most wore wetsuits with a couple of...
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    Drysuit vs Zhik Superwarm Suit??

    Good discussion from all on the real topic and given the international nature of our sport, how exchange and shipping rates affect buying power. Particularly good thoughts from 663, thanks. A friend recently recommended Trident Drysuits, made in the UK. Significantly cheaper than what I have...
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    Drysuit vs Zhik Superwarm Suit??

    Wow, should I take it as telling that no one has responded after 112 views?? Do folks see Zhik's gear as too pricey hence the seeming lack of market penetration here??
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    Drysuit vs Zhik Superwarm Suit??

    After years spent not frostbiting it's time!! Trying to decide between going with the old standard drysuit or skipping the "420/FJ" wear and trying the just as expensive Zhik Superwarm combo of skiffsuit and top. Anybody have direct experiences or for that matter, alternatives? FWIW...
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    Replica Gear: Let's Get It All Out In The Open!!

    I am hearing BJ09, Gouv & Tracy but I just can't agree on the suggested methodology to get us all back in class legal gear! And NO, the ILCA folks have done no wrong in allowing "other" folks to advertise on the website with the result being the large scale proliferation of replica gear. Per my...
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    Replica Gear: Let's Get It All Out In The Open!!

    I have purposely stayed out of the mix for a day or so to see how the string would develop. Specifically, I have avoided responding to a few direct shots as others weighed in on the invalid line of thinking in the shots and called the baby ugly when it was. However, a few folks have stuck to a...
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    Main Sheet Line Length

    To add to Alan's post, being able to allow your boom to go all the way forward is hugely helpful if you are forced to make a downwind approach to a beach or similar scenario. Once you are close to where you want to be simply let the mainsheet go and you are done!! No worries about trying to...
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    Replica Gear: Let's Get It All Out In The Open!!

    All, First, thanks for keeping the post going! We have slowly migrated back to the true purpose thanks to Tracy's effort to explain the differing processes and Gouv's effort to keep all focused. Jeffers, Alan, Ian & Tillerman have all sounded off and help us get to the bottom line: If class...
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    Replica Gear: Let's Get It All Out In The Open!!

    Alan's comments are well taken! My original issue was specific to vendors rather than competitors signing a form stating that they were sailing a boat that is class legal. Yet again, I cannot agree with the use of the term in that context. We don't call the guy passing the funny money a...
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    Replica Gear: Let's Get It All Out In The Open!!

    I must take issue with Tracy Usher’s note to district secretaries in the Summer ’09 issue of The Laser Sailor. First, the easy part: Tracy characterized gear that was not Laser class legal as “counterfeit”. Webster’s defines “counterfeit” in adjective form as “made in imitation of something else...
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    Bloc-to-bloc speed vs easing

    I use about a fist's worth of space between the foot and the boom and vang moderately tight (& will try easing the vang a bit if i feel slow...)
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    Bloc-to-bloc speed vs easing

    I have found that using Campbell's "gouge" settings from his Sailing World article seems to work for me and I weigh about the same as you: Light Air (1-10Kts.) Mainsheet: 1 to 10 Inches between traveler blocks (reverse order from breeze, i.e.: 1 knot = more than 10", 3 knots = 7" 6 knots =...
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    Great place to sail in SE Virginia

    John, The park sounds like a great spot to launch & sail from! I would be interested in coming out on a weekend afternoon for a sail and can try to drag along some of the other Norfolk Navy and Broad Bay Laser bubbas... Meanwhile please come down an sail on Wednesday evenings at Willoughby Bay...
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