Recent content by Rob Hair

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    Precision P13... I know... It's not a Laser... but...

    I'm not the forum moderator, but I certainly would be happy to entertain such inquiries.
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    Repair advice - chips near cockpit drain

    Your repair should be ok, but as LaLi said, a gelcoat repair kit would allow you to match the color. Let the gelcoat patch fully cure, then file, sand, polish until the patch matches the surrounding area.
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    Repair advice - chips near cockpit drain

    It sounds like a void created during manufacture, but that's largely just a guess. How about posting some pictures?
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    Need Help/Advice

    Please read and follow the rigging guide carefully. The Laser is not a complicated boat, but if you omit rigging steps you will have problems. Make sure you use the mast retaining line. And become an expert at tying a bowline - several are used on your boat. The battens are to be inserted...
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    Need Help/Advice

    It sounds like you we're in conditions that you were not ready for. And as LaLi said, it seems you didn't have the battens or vang installed correctly. Did you have the vang connected? Be sure that the vang is set up so that even with it full off (vang line released) its tight enough so that...
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    Reinforce mast step or not?

    I certainly would do it. Search for posts with photos of the damage done by a failed mast tube and I think you will agree. It's not a big job and since the work is hidden, looks don't matter much. The peace of mind was worth it to me.
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    New here, refurbishing an old Laser

    If it was my boat (considering its age) I'd install an inspection port near the mast hole (and off center) and reinforce the connection of the mast tube with the hull. If you search this forum you'll find lots of info about that and descriptions of the catastrophe you will avoid by doing so...
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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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