Recent content by Rob Hair

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    Re-Gelcoating entire deck

    Perhaps I was a bit harsh because I'm sure someone sufficiently skilled or careful can put a beautiful paint job on a Laser. My problem with doing this is the inevitable scratches that will penetrate to the old gelcoat, especially in places like the cockpit floor and other high wear spots. If...
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    Re-Gelcoating entire deck

    Mom, gelcoat patch kits come with pigment tubes that are to be mixed until the right shade is achieved. I did the same as LaLi with one of my Lasers. You may have to redrill the spots to get a depression for the gelcoat. If you are worried about the boat looking like crap, the last thing I'd...
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    Re-Gelcoating entire deck

    What method did you use to repair the soft areas? Is your intention to cover the signs of the repairs you just completed? Or do you just want to remove scratches or small dings? If the later, I'd do something like Ghost Rider suggests. Even if the former, I'd be reluctant to re-coat. If...
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    Laser Radial Weight?

    Rob, as soon as you actually step a Laser mast you will find that the weight of the rig is not the issue, as Torrid said earlier. If the mast is too heavy for you to lift you will never be able to lift one end of the boat to get it on or off of a trailer or dolly. The real difficulty (and this...
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    Older boat (74) condition

    You will have to install an inspection port to do the reinforcement. The port has other uses - helping you to dry the inside, storing small items in the bag that comes with most ports, etc. Install to one side of the centerline as shown in other threads.
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    Older boat (74) condition

    As you will see in many other posts about mast steps on a Laser, its WAY more work and expense to do the repair of a mast tube that has broken loose than to reinforce a questionable tube. The former almost always results in severe and extensive damage to the deck. I mention this because even a...
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    Bottom hull filling with water

    Norgold, now that we know your boat is a Laser 2 you can disregard the advice about the mast tube! (Some Lasers have a metal disk in the bottom of the mast tube - that's what I thought you meant.) In fact, I have no idea if the advice about re-attaching the deck to the hull is applicable to...
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    Bottom hull filling with water

    Norgold, I second cskudder's advice about pre-failure reinforcing of the mast tube! One of my old Lasers had extensive separation between hull and deck. I found it easy to do this repair with the boat upside down. Use a Dremel or Rotozip type of tool to thoroughly clean all loose or damaged...
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    Need help with rudder issue

    RBruce, it looks to me that your rudder is backwards. The thicker part of the cross section should be forward.
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    Two Lasers for the price of one.

    I won't be at Stoney today, but the Creek Fleet has their weekly race there tonight. It's a very welcoming group and the racing is low intensity. All classes are together and they do a couple of handicapping schemes to rank results. I think they start at 6pm. Rob
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    Two Lasers for the price of one.

    MarkP, your experience reminds me of my own. I purchased a very old (hull #555) Laser with trailer that had clearly been treated with some care by previous owners, but had some soft areas on the deck. I then bought a bare hull Laser that had lots of cosmetic work needed and some areas of deck...
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    How can you tell if its a laser or laser II

    Perhaps it's neither a Laser or Laser II and was erroneously described as such, either mistakenly or intentionally.
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    Old laser

    I recommend installing an auto bailer. While it won't work as well as a good auto bailer (like an Elvstrom bailer, which won't fit on a Laser), it is a big improvement from what it seems you have now. And I strongly agree that if you don't have the brass through hull fitting you should get...
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    Does my Drysuit Leak?

    I just ran across this and it might be of interest: How to Leak-Test Your Drysuit I do think, though, that if you get water in the suit without capsizing or otherwise actually getting in the water, then the water is most likely from your own perspiration.
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    Does my Drysuit Leak?

    A dry suit, especially if it is not one with breathable fabric, can indeed collect a considerable amount of water from your body. I've often wondered the same thing after wearing my dry suit. If you jump in the water with your suit on for a few minutes you can see if it leaks. You won't get...
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