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    Re-Gelcoating entire deck

    UPDATE.... The repair is done! Painting is done! It's turned out very, very well. I will post pictures of the whole process in the next few days - the drilling the holes, the filling, the sanding, the painting, etc. We're pretty proud of how well it went considering that 100% of our Laser...
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    New to sailing

    I am not a sailor so take my advice with as much weight (or lack thereof) as you want..... But....my son has been a member of our local club sailing school for years now and that means, as a parent, I have spent countless hours watching new people learn to sail. I would also agree that you need...
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    Re-Gelcoating entire deck

    Not harsh. I welcome the advice from all fronts. And, YES, we are inexperienced boat repairers. Hubby is incredibly handy (having put in our kitchen, all hardwood and finishing our basement when we built our house) but painting gelcoat is a whole different beast, I am sure. Anyway, after...
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    Re-Gelcoating entire deck

    Well, we have thought about this. But what do you think the chances are of us matching the gelcoat of a worn, 30 year old Laser? Is this realistic? Obviously if it could be done I would MUCH rather do this. Further thoughts..... I don't want the boat to look like total crap. But, I also...
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    Re-Gelcoating entire deck

    What we did was drill holes, about an inch apart in both the textured part of the cockpit and the sides of the deck adjacent to the cockpit. In the cockpit we used West Marine epoxy/resin/fiberglass to fill each hole until oozing out. On the deck we also drilled holes and used a water proof...
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    Re-Gelcoating entire deck

    Has anyone successfully done this? Obviously I understand what materials to use and all about ensuring the deck texture is still there. I am looking for tips or techniques anyone who has done this might have used to make things work out a little easier. Basically, I want to learn from any...
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    Spongy cockpit floor

    Well, I've called around...... quotes are in the $1000 range. Seems steep to me. Okay, wise Laser people.......now I need DIY repair advice or hacks to get this fixed. Hubby is pretty handy and we have lots of tools. If my understanding is correct, there is about a 15 mm space of foam right...
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    Spongy cockpit floor

    Thanks for the info. As for sailing.....son plans to keep sailing in future years. But, he'll be 18 in May and, this is his last summer of kid freedom, if you know what I mean. So, if he continues it's on him. He'll be working starting September with free room and board at home (I'm not ready...
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    Spongy cockpit floor

    Lali........ To answer your question.....yes, it visibly moves when pushed. Not a ton of movement but definitely moves. It's worse near the front of the cockpit than the back. And worse at the sides than the middle. As for knocking.....yes, it sounds more hollow in the spongy parts. To...
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    Spongy cockpit floor

    Hi everyone! We just pulled my son's 1989 Laser down from its winter perch in our garage. It seems to be fine but on further inspection it seems that the cockpit floor is spongy. When you push down on the floor you can hear a "spongy" sound. The centre of the floor also "seems" to be slightly...
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    Broken but repaired upper mast section

    I'm in Ontario. I have looked around online since it was mentioned here, and in Canada the suppliers either don't have them listed for sale or they are all on pre-order. And I won't buy one from the US because the duty will be too expensive. I don't know, it's a good thought but with the latest...
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    Winter Laser/Sailing Jobs

    I wonder what a position like this pays. Not that I am interested but this is something my son is thinking of pursuing in a year or two.
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    Broken but repaired upper mast section

    No, it's just the regular aluminum mast (or whatever they make them out of - I am not an expert at Laser parts!). I didn't even know they made plastic masts. Is this a new thing? What would be the advantage of a plastic mast over the metal masts?
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    Laser upper mast

    I agree and was saying something similar to my son just this week. This conversation came up when I attempted to purchase a set of Laser Performance, class-legal, battens for him to use at CORK. I contacted a number of suppliers only to be told they had zero LP battens and did not know when they...
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    Broken but repaired upper mast section

    Huh....I never would have thought of that. Are they the same diameter? I assume I can just buy an end piece to fit the gooseneck into? It wouldn't be class legal but he could use it for practice.
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