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    Spraying Gelcoat

    Well, I think that dry sanding leaves about the same as wet sanding. no better, no worse. I use 220, 400, 800, 1000. then I buff it so it comes out really smooth. By the way, it isn't graphite paper, it is just using a very fine graphite to mark the area. you can do the same by marking...
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    Spraying Gelcoat

    I ALWAYS have to finish my work. But, there is hope. The better you spray, the less sanding you have to do, which means less chance to burn thourh the gelcoat that you just sprayed. If you don't mind dry sanding, which is what I choose to do, you can get a graphite powder that "dusts" all the...
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    Spraying Gelcoat

    True enough, but I works get for te small stuff. you can spray it and come back in about three hours and finish it out. But if you were spraying a whole hull, I would not use it, I should have metioned that. I sprayed the bottom of my laser and just used acetone. can out fine
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    Spraying Gelcoat

    There are a few options that you have beside using the duratec. I have been woriking in the marine industry for about five years now. I don't really use the dura tec that much anymore. I tend to lean toward a product called Pacth Aid. It thins it enough to spray and I believe that it helps...
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    Bad luck, need help

    Not too worried bout the mast, It is interesting the way it happened though. I hear all the stories of the bottom of the mast step giving and therfore ripping th mast out of the boat. But on mine the area around the tube developed a cack where the deck and the tube meet. the bottom of the...
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    Bad luck, need help

    Hello everyone. I was back home the last week, and got the chance to sail in the first small boat race of the year before heading back to Iraq. It is amazing what you forget when you don't sail for 7 months. Any way, it was fairly windy out but nothing close to being heavy. About 12-17kts...
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    Stupid Laser tricks

    The only stupid trick that I could think of is palying tag wth your friends head and the boom on a downwind run. Funny as hell doing it to them, but smarts when they get you back.
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    Laser Core?

    Thanks Rob. I thought it was about 1/2 an inch but without the boat being here, I couldn't tell for sure. Anyway, the project should start in march sometime, I'll put it on the board when I get it going
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    Laser Core?

    I am trying to find out if anyone knows how thick the core material is on a laser. I need to do some work on mine and am trying to get all the parts at the house when I arrive. Also any info on where to pick up material cheap would be helpful. thanks
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    The laser adventure

    Polyurethane Paints are Great. Defently agree with pete. You should be able to talk to any boatyard or friend in the business and get a good deal on some leftover paint if you want to do it yourself. I know when the end of the year can around, we had tons of leftovers from big jobs. a little...
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    The laser adventure

    You'll omly need to re-gelcoat the spots on the foredeck, if your not going to paint them. Personally, your deck looks like it's in pretty good shape, I would just gelcoat the spots you are repairing. When you sand those spots down, just be mindful to keep it small. you don't want to end up...
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    The laser adventure

    I agree with beaker about the top one needing to be glassed. My question is since you already have to glass the one, it wouldn't be too much more work to go ahead and glass the other one too. as for the bottom, I put a thread on here about a year ago when I redid the bottoms of two boats...
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    Intensity Sails

    Sorry bout the comparison, super delegate. It is a little unafair. I was jsut trying to make the point that in the sailing world we are still at the inexpensive end of the spectrum. As for everything else, we all know that intensity has a equal product if not better in some cases, and it is...
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    Intensity Sails

    I have to agree with everyone else about those guys up in RI. I have purchased a sail from them last spring and it is wonderful. Also purchased many other parts through them, seeing how I only do club racer, they keep the price down. As for Lasers being expensive to campgian, compare it with...
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    Storing A Laser

    thanks for the input. looks like i got some work before i leave.
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