I love a windy reach but I love a downwind even more. I sailed in the 70s and early 80s and then stopped until 2010; the new downwind technique is so much fun and more challenging than a reach. Give it a try; you'll get hooked for sure.
Torrid, have you tried it?
I have; I sailed quite a bit with a cut off standard mast.
A proper radial section works better of course but I didn't think we were talking racing.
For playing around a cut off standard section works fine. Save your money and go sailing.
Just out of curiosity, how would you establish whether a bailer or a gudgeon is class legal or not?
The old ones are identical, w/o any "Laser" stamped on it.
Will try to steer clear of your and LaLi's club even though my boat is legal....
If you're planning on sailing at a world championship and bringing your own boat, then consider buying the class legal bailer.
I don't even think there is any markings on the class legal bailer distinguishable. Same for gudgeons.
Then there are a bunch of other fittings (cleat base, double pad...
50 cents. But you'll have to buy your own new sail.
I just donated my 1988 boat to a sailing school. Three sails, full new rigging.
Really, a Laser that old should be donated to anyone willing to sail it.