Recent content by Emilio Castelli

  1. Emilio Castelli

    Welcome to the Gamma Class!

    Since January Rule 31 was modified to shorten the rule voting process from six months to one month and removing “votes to be sent by post”. E
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    Starting: shooting up to defend hole

    Push the boom at your own peril... Basically if you backwind your sail you're at fault if anything happens; or even if nothing happens but the windward boat starts yelling at you. E (who got flagged for backwinding his sail though no contact had occurred and was told by the jury that they...
  3. Emilio Castelli

    Starting: shooting up to defend hole

    Backing your main will attract judges attention more than sculling. Neither is illegal when done within the rules but in y experience backing your sail is easier to spot for the judges and will attract their attention more than sculling. And you really don't want to attract attention. Time and...
  4. Emilio Castelli

    Starting: shooting up to defend hole

    In my experience, judges look at backing your main as a worse offense than sculling. E
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    But if the manufacturer no longer provides the class legal sleeve, I would not feel bad about using a similar generic alu tube. BTW, I have a class legal sleeve on order with ASP for a backup boom; we'll see if they deliver. If I only had one boom and needed a sleeve, I would not wait for the...
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    Boom were fully sleeved by the year 2000 or so, well before GoPro cameras. Sleeved booms are pretty bulletproof so no videos of any breaking. E
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    Or you can go to your hdw store and get 3' of alu tube 1.7/8"od and install that. E
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    Not next time, but eventually.... E
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    If it has a sleeve, it will be the short one; it will break at the mainsheet block. The new sleeve goes past the mainsheet block and make the boom pretty much bulletproof. E
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    You should flip the top mast if it has two rivets in the collar (which it will, if it's a 1988 mast). Reinstall with one rivet only. You should also install the sleeve in the boom. It will break even with the old style vang. E
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    If your upper mast collar has two rivets, flip the mast and re-install the colalr with just one rivet (whether the mast is straight or not). Then buy a boom sleeve Laser Boom Sleeve - 90418 and install that as well. Now you can go sailing. If you're into racing, upgrade to the new controls and...
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    New boom blocks

    Would it be legal to use a plastic top to make a boom? Thanks E
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    New boom blocks

    Full length sleeve will go past the forward block. I had a 99 boom with short sleeve; you need the long sleeve or your boom will break at the forward block (just like mine did). E
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    New boom blocks

    Does not look like you have the boom sleeve installed (Laser Boom Sleeve - 90418) Install sleeve and drill the right size holes in the sleeve and you'll be fine. If you don't install the sleeve, you will break the boom sooner or later. E
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    Nautalytics Simple Compass Gen2 Calibration

    Have you tried contacting Nautalytics? I have had exceptional support from them. E
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