The UK lasers used to have the first number painted on the hull ID plate in red and the other numbers was etched on, from how you have described your ID plate the first painted number has been rubbed off over time, so yes I would put money on your hull number being 139434.
Sorry but I remember the days of the old style kicker & it wasn't fun, yes you could bounce your weight on the boom after rounding the mark but by the time you rounded the top mark there was that much pressure on the rope you could hardly get it to free off again, the outhaul was on or off, the...
The 8.1 rig suits our lake well so yes even with the PY its almost a guaranteed win, thats why they don't like me using it, the latest comment was if you swap rigs you stay with the lowest PY all season being the 8.1 then the heavy airs using the radial you would still be handicapped as the 8.1.
Just looking on the Uk laser association website http://www.laser.org.uk/ & there it all is
the laser/torch update,
the law suit,
Bruce Kirby's side of the story,
it looks like the name & starburst will end & the boat with its new symbol will continue.
+1 For the cif cream cleaner, if you need to go a little heaver go for the vim type powder abrasive kitchen/floor cleaner & a bucket of mildish bleach,
I found scrubbing it into the textured surface leave for five minutes scrub again then wash off with clean water.
What must be avoided is...
Ive a crompton rudder blade I use for practice & its bent like a banana,
I heated it up with a hot air gun, got it to the pliable state & managed to get it dead straight.
I cooled it on a marble worktop until cool on both sides checked again dead straight.
The next morning went & checked my...
The older type trolleys are definitely easier to retrieve your boat back onto,
these new ones with the side stubby legs just catch the gunnel as your trying to pull the boat back on,
the older ones also seemed better balanced when moving with the rig up,
& that front horseshoe just seems like an...
Mine is the LP launch trolley & doesn't rest on the support under the front,
I think thats just to help guide the boat on & off,
the front horseshoe rest under the front gunnel is the actual support.
Out of choice I wouldn't buy one again the old bramber type was much better.
Great fun in light airs & a handful in a breeze thats my experience with one,
the only downfall with this rig is as Paul said you need massive amounts of kicker upwind & a lot downwind
& if your a little rotund & struggle under the boom then this rig isn't for you.