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    1983 Laser

    Nice boat from mid-eighties, good shape and fast. White deck, gray bottom. Very clean hull. Very few scrapes, one fair repair on deck. No step leakage! Spars v.g. Sails old but clean. I'll add pics soon. Homemade wooden dolly. Asking $2000. Boat in Montclair. George. 973-744-4724.
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    New Youtube Video

    Yeah-waves. Once I was surfing at Ditch Plains in Montauk on my heavy old longboard. There was this windsurfer who took every wave he liked no matter where it was, he'd just go there, match it's speed, speed up out of it and go around and take another. Could WE do that? There are many times in...
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    Accelerating at the start - playing devil's advocate

    Ya know when yer pumping- Interesting story-I was racing with an old retired guy in the middle who knew my boat real well- well, we're racing, and he was a great coach-I mean great-he knew it all. So we're rounding a mark, and a guy fouls me bad. Well Bill gets very upset. He said, "This is...
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    Accelerating at the start - playing devil's advocate

    Personally, I avoid anything that looks like pumping and only skull to get around in a bad tack.
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    Old School Vang System. 6:1?

    I haven't made any new holes. The deck bracket is the same as the store-bought one, lower angle, $2.35 worth or fiberglass and polyester resin, same blocks, no hooded fairleads. LESS than upgrade. Well, I can use it at the club, and borrow the exhorbitantly expensive one when I go to the...
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    Old School Vang System. 6:1?

    Thank you, I'll do that.
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    Old School Vang System. 6:1?

    Thank you, Gentlemen, for the rigging sites. Very useful. I don't need the "turbo" rig, but I've always hated jam cleats. They eat rope. I made my own bracket with some Harkens. Only five to one, but with a cam cleat. It's gotta be legal! It's less of an advantage than other upgrades. I made no...
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    why so strict?

    Cost, Cost, Cost. This is the largest fleet in the world. It's not just because the boat is fast-there are many faster boats. Economy keeps this class strong-probably growing in a declining sport. Lightning Class has limited innovation and still has priced itself into a corner. The great thing...
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    Masts, Spars, Carbon, and prices

    Re: Price of Laser sails Tony, I'm almost convinced. George
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    how do you propose new additions to the rules?

    Geezer, You make me laugh out loud. but the sails should last longer.
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    how do you propose new additions to the rules?

    Geezer, Thank you for you entertaining and I don't doubt painfully accurate view of this class's politics. I'm new to Lasers, and am not used to such unresponsive leadership. I laud conservatism and am very frugal, but upgrading the sail to a better nylon would even be cheaper, and Harken blocks...
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    Masts, Spars, Carbon, and prices

    Re: Price of Laser sails Well-the best main i can buy for my lightning is 6 and change when they're on sale. I don't want kevlar in this class-I am inherently conservative about things that work well and i'm poor. But the cost is high for a low quality sail. heavier cloth would last...
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    2006 Laser Worlds underway!

    Re: Monday Morning Tactician (12 March 2007) Leebow Effect: Debunked (Campbell Sailin Ok-read the whole article-or most of it. NOW- to address it I have raced my Lightning and race patrolled for Lasers a lot. We have very bad current in Nyack. If current and wind are same or similar directions...
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    2006 Laser Worlds underway!

    Re: Monday Morning Tactician (12 March 2007) Leebow Effect: Debunked (Campbell Sailin sorry-don't know article- BUT-i sail on the hudson in current-i have many times raced buoys. current doesn'e affect pointing, but it does affect my relationship to the mark. do lasers have more leeway than...
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    Bad Old Nylon Blocks

    How often must they be replaced? I've never replaced a Harken or a Schaefer. They don't break-same price and cheaper.
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