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    Daggerboard drag

    Where are you installing foam? The centreboard brake? _
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    Water in mast

    Looks like the Hobie 16 blade we've talked about before. _
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    Water in mast

    Besides being a little rough on the hull :rolleyes: , that drains just what's between the mast and the step (in any reasonable time). To empty the mast itself, you need to take the mast out, keep it vertical for a moment (I let the foot rest on the gunwale) and let the drain hole do what it's...
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    Water in mast

    If the conditions are such that any waves wash over the deck, the mast step gets filled, and as the lower mast bottom plug has a draining hole (it's not supposed to be watertight), you sail with the mast foot filled with water up to the deck level. As impractical as it sounds, it's normal and...
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    Laser 2

    This question comes up regularly. The answer is that trying to singlehand a doublehanded boat is one of those things that are possible, but not recommendable, or even fun or safe. Someone else will probably tell you it's great, and you will believe it because you want to. But you can't fool...
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    Special Edition Lasers

    I found one last weekend at a local club that I rarely go to. And I have to admit I was wrong about the 1995ish Sunfish Laser -built boats being the "Graffiti" ones! This was a basic ("dawn") grey PSE boat with only the purple-and-blue text "Graffiti" on the topsides near the transom and next...
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    Olympic status

    The WS Council actually voted today at the mid-year meeting! The final results were as expected: The Laser was selected as the Paris 2024 Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Equipment, subject to agreement of the Olympic Classes Contract for 2024, following a ballot vote. Under Regulation...
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    From Aero’s Facebook Page. Not good...

    Whoops - I see now that those were the actual Equipment Committee numbers. But Council is another matter. _
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    From Aero’s Facebook Page. Not good...

    How do they think they know 1) that there's a vote to begin with, and 2) those are the numbers? WS council represents the member nations, which I don't imagine are too excited to throw out their most popular class. _
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    Daggerboard drag

    That blue-and-white "Mk 2" brake may not be a good choice, as there are credible reports that it wears out quite quickly, after which it may damage the trailing edge of the board. Padding the forward corner of the case of course makes sense. _
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    Daggerboard drag

    It's supposed to look roughly like that, and it should be just tight enough so you can raise and lower the board comfortably. Yours looks like a (badly) homebuilt replacement, though. Get a real one (and a spare or two) from here. _
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    Boat supply Open Letter

    They haven't given a straight answer, which indicates that they want to keep the option of not deciding before November. I understand that was the original plan anyway, but I think they'll give the ok now to the easier cases, like keeping the 470 (albeit as a single, mixed event) and the RS:X...
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    Boat supply Open Letter

    The number has been going down, very slowly, since the early 1980s. The peak years were 1978 to 1980, and it was market saturation and an economic downturn in those markets that killed the growth (of the growth!) then. The Olympic status came ten years later, and it didn't have an immediate...
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    Boat supply Open Letter

    The end of the Olympic status would mean the end of the class as we know it, and the builder/trademark/name issue would move into a new, completely unpredictable territory. If the RS Aero gets chosen for 2024, it means that the Laser has only little more than one year "left". Demand would...
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    Fairlead replacement

    To prevent that from happening again, you could use the cast-aluminium version of that fairlead. (The traveller and outhaul fairleads are the same.) _
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