Recent content by Eyeper

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    Downwind Practice turns

    Since I don't race, I also don't sail DDW very often, unless it's the shortest course for the beach and end of the day. When I DO sail DDW, I definitely practice by the Lee and on the thin edge of a death roll. Mostly I love to work to weather and then enter my own imaginary slalom course...
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    Downwind Practice turns

    Hi, Ghost Rider. First, let me say a critical response is better than none! I actually believe that in my gybes the boom and sail are not really "slamming" in an uncontrolled fashion. It has taken me decades of practice in the Laser to (a) keep the boat absolutely flat, (b) make the tiller...
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    Downwind Practice turns

    It was a planned gybe, just not executed well. I should've backed off when I felt the boat wasn't flat-balanced halfway through it, but I tried to bull it through.
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    Downwind Practice turns

    - chilly day on Tomales bay, and a good time to work on keeping the boat moving through the gybes. (1981 Laser, 2006 sail - I have newer sails, but glad I used the beater this time as my last gybe of the day resulted in a complete turtle capsize and mast stuck in nasty mud!)
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    Mainsheet recommendations

    My Rooster mainsheet, combined with the "Ronstan/Frederickson" block, are the two best things I ever did for my Laser. Over fifteen years now, countless days, and not a hint of shred or wear on that sheet. Something sounds strange about that much wear, "Lasersailor."
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    Intensity "Square Head" sail

    I know racers and those who wish to stay class-legal probably aren't using them, but I have one. Been using it for a year now - mostly when it's not blowing 20 or more and like the shape and "feel" of more power. Any other sailors have feedback on this sail?
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    My Laser sailing herself into the new year. Cheers, all you wet boaters!

    My 1981 Irish-built Laser. sailed hard and put away wet all these years.
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    A Laser Day, nearly 18 years ago

    (I just ran across this old account of a pretty sporty day on Tomales Bay. Kind of long..... but I'm happy to report I still sail my Laser there. Maybe a bit more conservatively) Too Much Fun (almost) - TomalesBay, Northern California. February, 2000 Our little Laser-buddy group...
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    Early Laser days

    Geez, I had totally lost track of that thread and all the great experiences and photos from everyone. Thanks, Torrid. Too much salt water in the old brain....!
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    Early Laser days

    I'm about to take a three week vacation, and will be missing my Laser on Tomales Bay, CA. I just ran across this old memory from when I was pretty new in the boat (about 30 years ago, and I confess I'm still "learning.") Levels of Laser Sailing Level One: When it is just windy enough to...
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    Rebuilt Laser finally in water - Concerns about wear and tear

    Yes, that black line is just a marker tracing the shape of the "standard" rudder to show the difference. And when I first did this and brought up the idea of an improved rudder to the Laser Class, it started a veritable shitstorm, which got pretty interesting. (Fred Schroth might remember...
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    Two Lasers for the price of one.

    Nice photo, and good job on rockin' that old Laser!
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    Rebuilt Laser finally in water - Concerns about wear and tear

    Here's a non-legal idea that has worked wonders for my Laser for many years, now. I took a Hobie 16 rudder and made it fit the Laser Rudder head. And tweaked it to be more vertical. That, and the fact that it bites about 5" longer, has eliminated that annoying weather helm. (Hats off to...
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    Two Lasers for the price of one.

    Colored sails in the early 80's. That was a few of us at Crissy Field in San Francisco. My blue and purple sail was great until the mast broke and tore it in half.
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