I like the redundant rope in addition to the ratchet straps. As a personal preference, I would tie at least the bow to the front bumper too.
This is something I have said many times before, at least in other sailing forums. Cartopping is great for a long-distance trip over several days, but...
Nothing wrong with cartopping if properly secured (tied to crossbars AND the bumpers), but that arrangement looks really sketchy. The hull angled up like that is going to create a bunch of drag and could cause the boat to fly away.
The PVC pipe rack idea would be a big improvement. It would...
A good rule of thumb is if you can't step the mast, it's too windy for you to go sailing.
If you are able to windsurf despite having a "dodgy" back, I don't think a Laser will be any trouble for you. Also, the people who DO step the mast/boom as a single unit (not very many) work the rig like...
Would the class rules allow for a gyroscopically-stablized self-tacking mast mount for your compass?
Seriously, I hope they come up with something similar to the white plastic spider. I’ve used it for 20 years with no trouble with my Silva/Nexus.
That's a pretty common spot to get cracks in the gelcoat. I think it's due to the fiberglass and gelcoat having different coefficients of expansion. As long as the fiberglass underneath is solid and doesn't flex, it's mostly cosmetic.
I second Emilio's opinion to just go sailing.
For the record, I don't think the AYI of the company I found from Seattle has anything to do with the AYI from the hull ID on Chuso's boat. However, Camet showing up in both places is a strange coincidence.
Checking the "AYI" hull ID code against American manufactureres, I get this:
ADVENTURE YACHTS INC
MIC: AYI Status: Inactive
Company: ADVENTURE YACHTS INC Company Official: JUTTE, PATRICK
Previous Company 1: CAMET INTERNATIONAL (OOB)
That one does not appear to have any GPS in it, but it does have the ability to store a heading and show +/- degrees for lifts and headers. That would make me think it violates the "wind direction" wording of section (d) from the new rule.
(d) A compass or timing device must not be capable of...