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    Laser taper in the kicker 5:1

    No. The rule isn’t very well written (which is why I voted against it), but it’s still pretty clear that you can’t use a splice as an excuse for additional tapering. The allowing of different diameters applies only to the splice itself. Although it would be great if equipment salesmen and...
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    Leech telltales?

    Leech telltales are important in a sloop rig to determine proper twist, but in una rigs with freestanding masts they're pretty useless, as twist isn't independently adjustable. I had one on my original Laser sail and never looked at it much. Reaching is the only point of sail on which they'd...
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    Spinnaker twangs?

    They're called "twings" and "snatch blocks" :rolleyes: Many Lightnings use the Allen A4475 here; I don't know if something larger would be more suitable for a J24. allenbrothers.co.uk _
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    Laser Kicker With New Allen Top Block

    I have to correct the previous post a little :oops: I thought the block you (Monty) meant was the A2031XHL-873. There was some talk about it a few months ago. The block that you're thinking about is apparently a brand new product as I found it in only one other place than Allen's own website...
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    Laser Kicker With New Allen Top Block

    Yes... 1) You don’t need the Allen key block. It’s rated lower than the Harken Line/Wire blocks and is massively overpriced. 2) You don’t need brummel (lock) splices. A simple (non-locking) eye splice is good enough anywhere on a Laser. _
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    Parker serial Number and Year

    Happy New Year :D Any luck with the Parker building year? I found a few pictures of Ziegelmayers' plaques (they include the "Baujahr"), which narrow down things a bit. There's 28920 from '91: And then there's 27352: The picture resolution is such that the year isn't visible, but I happen...
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    2:1 main sheeting system now legal!

    Good idea, but illegal. "Each sheet or line must be one continuous length of line of uniform diameter." (CR 3.7) :rolleyes: A class rule is in force only when it's incorporated in the complete rule document, and/or published as an amendment on the WS site. I have seen a not-so-competent...
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    Spectrum Gel Coat Paste for Gel Coat chips

    Should be the same, strange if it isn't. Comes to mind that they may have even been built in different places. There's been talk about where LP's boats (mainly Sunfish) actually hail from. _
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    Spectrum Gel Coat Paste for Gel Coat chips

    If your boat is a 2016 or later LaserPerformance build, then it's what they call "ice blue". I don't know what the right code for it would be, but it's an extremely pale turquoise-leaning blue. _
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    Arizona sailing experience?

    You've probably already contacted these people, or not? arizonayachtclub.org/sunfish/ _
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    Parker serial Number and Year

    Sure. KD Polyesterbouw is a composite manufacturing business in Medemblik, the Netherlands. They built about 400 470s beginning in the early 1980s, and they were very successful (meaning several Olympic medals) at the time. But much like Parker, the brand kind of faded away in the early '90s...
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    Parker serial Number and Year

    Interesting! The Morin is really old (mid to late 1960s), and seems to have been rebuilt at least around the mast gate (that's actually an illegal structure :confused: ) Nice to see it sailing! The other boat is a Dutch-built KD, and is from the very same era as your Parker. It looks like...
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    Parker serial Number and Year

    Alright :) Did you find out the building year? From the pictures it's clear that it's 1986 or later. (The other end of the timeline is a lot less clear, but I haven't found any evidence that Parker built any dinghies after 1992.) _
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    Hole in hull under mast step

    Ok, the boat was built in 1977 or '78, and was probably among the early ones built near Durban. The tube seems to be quite worn, so it's possible that it leaks at other spots as well, but you can't really test that before fixing the obvious one at first. Anyway, there are many much more...
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    Hole in hull under mast step

    Haven't seen anything like that yet :confused: Yes, of course you need to patch it, a quick fix from the outside should be easy. In the long run, though, you want to restore the inside of the mast step to the original level, and protect it with an anti-abrasion disc. Does the step leak water...
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