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    Launching in the waves

    I was thnking the same thing. The surf can be brutal and unforgiving even for someone with help and experience. Last thing I wanted was to get hurt or destroy the boat. It all all turned out for the best. I'm out sailing my Mirage 5.5 today. Much easier to manage launching and recovering.
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    Launching in the waves

    I managed to find a place to launch my Laser in the intercostal shipping channel. Launched from a sandy shore that gradually dropped off into deeper water. Everything went pretty well considering the wind was light and variable. The only real issues were the boats flying by and when I got a...
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    Launching in the waves

    Thanks so much for your advice. I'm hopeful that the waves will be smaller as the winds are suppose to be lighter. Either way common sense will prevail, if it looks too dangerous I'll opt out and go fishing instead. BTW I did find a Marina about 10 miles from where I'm staying so driving...
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    Launching in the waves

    I wish I knew a place on the bay side but it doesn't seem likely as most areas are without roads/access. I always sail alone :( None of my friends are cool enough to sail..LOL. I wish I knew some locals to connect with, that would make the trip much better!
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    Launching in the waves

    I'm headed to Port Aransas, Tx tomorrow for the weekend. I'm taking my Laser and hope to launch and sail off the gulf side of Mustang Island. I've never sailed in the surf before and will be self launching/recovering. I have a small dolly to get the boat into the water but I'm not overly...
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    MC scow owners manual?

    Mine has some weird angled piece of metal with small blocks Im guessing all the rigging is original Ill send you an IM. Thanks, Steve
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    MC scow owners manual?

    I just bought a 1988 MC scow today in pretty good shape. I've been searching all over the internet looking for an owners manual to see how to rig the boat. The previous owner hadn't sailed her in quite awhile and couldn't figure out how to attach the vang, cunnigham or outhaul where they come...
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    Maiden voyage- smooth sailing

    Mine is 44' so around 1/2 meter short of what you recommend. Still like an awful lot of line in the cockpit, especially if you have big feet like I do. Steve
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    Maiden voyage- smooth sailing

    Eric, My main sheet seems a little too long. If I was to let the sheet all the way out the boom end would be almost to the bow of the boat. Not sure I would ever need that much. Steve
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    Maiden voyage- smooth sailing

    Sailorchick- Keep the boat flat and it should want to sail a straight line. If its wanting to head up you are too healed. We all get tangled feet in the mainsheet. Have you tied the end off to the toe strap or just left it loose with a stopper knot? I tie the end of my mainsheet to the front...
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    Maiden voyage- smooth sailing

    Took my Laser out today for the first time. Winds were 12-14mph and a little shifty. The boat went together easily and within 30 minutes I was sailing out of the marina. Thanks to this website and all the great info from it's members the repairs I completed all proved good and the boat hull...
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    Rigging questions before my first time out

    Thanks guys for the replies. I'll be taping the mast joint, making sure the top rivet is facing the rear, using braid on the rudder downhaul and on the hiking strap. I'll be sure to add a knot to the cunningham to keep the mast in when I capsize (pretty sure that will happen). The screw holes...
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    Rigging questions before my first time out

    I finally completed all the hull repairs on my Laser and rigged her for the first time today in the parking lot. Hopefully tomorrow will be her maiden voyage. After everything was assembled I found I had a couple of questions. 1. The connection between my upper and lower masts tubes is pretty...
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    First time out

    dredies- thanks for the reply and link. Great information I'll use on the repairs I have ahead. I'll plan on just painting over the epoxy repairs to protect them from UV damage, just seems easier. Yesterday I totally scrubbed/cleaned the the entire boat. I found several areas that will require...
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    First time out

    Ops. I forgot that I don't have a hiking strap. It and a few other things are on order so I guess I need to wait on that before I can take her out. Today I'll give her a good cleaning, pressure check the hull and start making some repairs. Hopefully I won't find any other bad surprises...
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