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    Car topping with a T-bar in the hitch

    If you've got a trailer hitch anyway, then why not just use a trailer?
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    All about to kick off....

    Sounds like they took Kirby's name off the new ISAF plaques.
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    Acetone deck?

    I suggest using Soft Scrub with Bleach and a stiff nylon bristle brush. It did a good job of getting the stains off my deck after some mice made my Laser their winter home.
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    All about to kick off....

    These are "intent to use" applications applied for by Bruce Kirby, Inc. Identical marks are owned by Farzad Rastegar through Karaya (Jersey) Limited. A few speculations on why these applications were filed: - Perhaps Kirby is preparing for potential outcomes of the lawsuit. - If these...
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    All about to kick off....

    Bruce Kirby's Mk 1 International 14 design was also called "Torch." Here's a photo of him sailing it: Credit: http://cbifda.blogspot.com/2012/02/picture-of-bruce-kirby-sailing-his-mk-1.html
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    All about to kick off....

    The Kirby sailboat seems poised to be named the Kirby Torch, with this as its sail insignia: Not a bad name for an Olympic class to carry the torch of the former Laser class.
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    2011 Rule Changes - Fundamental Rule

    Re: rule change, builder Yes, patents expire. US design patents expire 14 years from their issue date, so both of the Kirby patents listed above are expired (although neither relates to the Laser itself). Copyrights have a defined term. The exact term can be complicated to calculate...
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    2011 Rule Changes - Fundamental Rule

    Re: rule change, builder In the interest of promoting transparency by giving everyone all the available information, here is some information on some of the intellectual property related to the Laser. The following copyrights are recorded at the US Copyright Office: A copyright on a...
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    Bottleport reviewed by Tillerman

    Thanks Alan. I understand your position much better now. However, Rule 20 specifically permits inspection ports, so they are not a repair or preventative maintenance to the deck. They are, instead, specifically permitted equipment, including their covers. Is the shape of the deck part of...
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    Bottleport reviewed by Tillerman

    The permission to use storage under hatch covers has nothing to do with the fact that the Bottleport is a watertight, threaded cover. I would be interested to learn more about the reasoning by which the Bottleport is not a cover.
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    Bottleport reviewed by Tillerman

    Was Jean-Luc's response an Interpretation of the Chief Measurer per ILCA Bylaw 3(3)? Has he issued an Interpretation of the Chief Measurer?
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    Bottleport reviewed by Tillerman

    I have not posted here or even looked at this site for a very long time. However, I am in possession of a Bottleport, so when I saw this thread I had to respond. The rule says that "watertight threaded covers" are allowed. The Bottleport is a watertight threaded cover. It is (1) watertight...
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    outhaul

    All the information you to do a basic rigging upgrade (new deck hardware, no new vang components) is here. Photos of the finished product here.
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    outhaul

    Yes, it was difficult/impossible using the old style rigging.
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