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    Zim Assumes LP's Role as Sponsor of US Sailing Events

    A slight edit and you could turn this into the identical argument for buying legal Laser parts instead of copies. :cool:
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    How To Get In Shape For Laser Sailing

    Use this to tow your trailer to to and from the regatta site:
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    Zim Assumes LP's Role as Sponsor of US Sailing Events

    See this press release. This means the Byte CII will replace the Radial at the US Sailing Singlehanded Championship and will also be used at the Junior Champs.
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    Class Measurer Is Going To Be Busy At The Worlds

    Just a couple of points to keep in mind regarding the charter boats for the Men's and Women's Worlds: 1) LP/Maclaren are NOT involved in the charters, in fact they are the reason these events are breaking from the traditional supplied boat event. The local German dealers are handling the...
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    Tight tolerances

    First I have heard of "LaserPerformance United". Well, one can't say that we don't live in interesting times! For the record, LP is not handling the charter boats for the 4.7 and Standard Youth Worlds, ILCA will be.
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    Tight tolerances

    "Official" announcement for sponsorship here.
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    Tight tolerances

    You are correct in that YOU, as an individual, can go to, say, Australia, buy a boat and import it back into your home country (which may be in, say, LP's trademark region) for you PERSONAL use. That is a clause in the Olympic contract signed by ISAF, the builders AND ILCA. You cannot buy a...
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    Tight tolerances

    The trademark. Nobody, not event ILCA, can buy boats from one builder and bring them into the trademark territory of another builder without that builder's permission. Whether is profitable or not is open to debate but, in the end, we don't have access to the builder's books so can't...
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    Tight tolerances

    That's an interesting conclusion to draw from that statement, though maybe not the one I would make. Traditionally the builders have provided charter boats to the world championships - specifically the builder owning the rights to the region in which the championship is held (e.g. PSA for the...
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    Helium?

    And the problem there, of course, is that first you have to find them!
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    Helium?

    Remember, helium has no special "lifting" property to it, other than its mass. So, for example, an airship achieves neutral buoyancy and "floats" in air because the mass of air displaced by the the volume of the airship equals the weight of the airship. The standard gas used in an airship is...
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    Helium?

    I would argue that the Fundamental Rule would say its not class legal since you would need to modify the boat to make it airtight (in particular sealing the air hole under the hiking strap). But in the end it would be the interpretation of the Chief Measurer that would matter. That said, I...
  13. SFBayLaser

    Tight tolerances

    Two points: 1) remember that the price differential between "replica" parts and real parts is predominantly due to removing one or two links from the supply chain. For things like sails I'll bet the replica folks are paying the same to slightly more as the builder on a per sail basis, the rest...
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    Tight tolerances

    I'm not sure I think its fair to draw a comparison between a company that builds 1.6 MILLION vehicles each year to a group of four factories that produce ~2500 boats a year - with one producing half of them. As we all know, the actual cost to build a Laser is substantially less than the retail...
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    Stuff it Kirby!!

    Some reference points to help guide idle speculation: 1) ISAF have simply not acted on the rule change, everything being said in this thread is pure speculation based on assumption. 2) Farzad Rastegar owns the companies that hold LP Europe and LP North America. From a working perspective, Bill...
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