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    My boom vang connection looks different?

    Old school design from the years 72-76, roughly. Australian boats may have had it even later, but if your hull is a ’92, I’d say the boom is from an older boat. Definitely not worth changing. That’s one of the last places where you want extra holes! _
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    Year of my Laser

    Ratystast, your boat is an early 1996, possibly a late 1995. At that time, the PSE boats had no transom codes yet (I think they were introduced in ’99). What the bow number means, I don’t know. The ones on boats they built from the early 80s through the early 90s were rather inconsistent and...
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    picked up a Laser II a while back

    Measured/calculated from the measurement diagram a mainsheet length of 8.2 metres, plus knots and tails. Having done that, I found the old PSE rigging manual that gives the factory length at 9 m, so I wasn't totally off :D But the sad news is that the Laser 2 apparently isn't a World Sailing...
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    picked up a Laser II a while back

    The emojis on this forum aren't that great. But I view and use the "eyeroll" as a well-meaning gesture :rolleyes: You don't need to raise the mast to measure the mainsheet length. Just rig any existing rope as a stand-in, set the boom so that it mimics the maximum outboard position (mast step...
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    Laser full rig

    Not an expert on the North American market either, but 1970s Lasers seem to cost less than USD 1000, at least if there are none of the mentioned "extras" included. Spares don't add that much to the sum. _
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    picked up a Laser II a while back

    Mistake number 1 with Laser 2s: comparing it in any way with the Laser :rolleyes: They are totally different boats, with only superficial similarities. Mainsheet length is one of these: since the L2 has shrouds, the mainsheet doesn't need to be nearly as long as the Laser sheet (which has to...
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    ILCA 80?

    Privacy...? Now this is getting too weird. You get a boat for free, you don’t (initially) know what it is (and apparently neither does the donor), it’s nearly totally stripped, it may or may not include a sail but nothing else, you’re afraid that it’s stolen and now you don’t want to say the...
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    Laser full rig

    Builder: Performance Sailcraft, Montreal. Sail number: 22322. Building date: November 1974. 46+ years old. I wouldn't pay 1500 for it, especially as there's apparently no trailer, trolley or covers. _
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    Old Laser Hull 823 pics

    Beautiful! Smart. You should have posted about this on Sunday so I could have told you to not shorten anything :confused: 36 in is about 91 cm. The next standard length up is 107 cm (42 in), which I think is the absolute shortest you can get away with... my own extension is 120, and quite a...
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    Old Laser Hull 823 pics

    Interesting that there's no hole in the centreboard top forward corner, but a separate fairlead. If you want to make one, it's 10 mm in diameter, and its centre is 25 mm from both edges. At first it ooks like the blade goes too far down - the rule of thumb is that the topmost part of the...
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    New to me free boat

    The sheet cleats are a bit too far forward, nothing else strange about them. I installed some pretty close to that position a few years ago on a club boat. It used to be legal to attach them anywhere on the hull, but now you have to use the backing plates whose position is shown on the...
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    Old Laser Hull 823 pics

    This mast step has clearly been repaired/reinforced, and it looks like a clean and good job. One less thing to worry about. Riveting into fibreglass should be outlawed :confused: But no problem if this doesn't leak. So the original vang blocks have been even more original! The lack of...
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    ILCA 80?

    Probably not, but if you give the whole transom code, then we can try to look for something. _
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    Old Laser Hull 823

    Performance Sailcraft, in Pointe-Claire, on Montreal island. And your boat is a 1971 - as far as I know, boat number 1000 was built before that year's end. _
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    Old Laser Hull 823 pics

    :eek: Wow, there's so much to comment on, thank you for posting all that! I have to take some time now for research :D Most Lasers were technically from the same builder until 1983, when the trademark was split between the de facto different builders in different countries (some, at least the...
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    Old Laser Hull 823

    Thanks Rob, mystery solved! So the earliest boats had that six-rivet key fitting, at 335 mm (measured to the aft end of the fitting as in the measurement diagram). Means that 4bdennis's boom is original. The 45° strap was then used roughly between 1972 and 76, and the current one that looks...
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    gday from FNQ Australia

    Ok, now I get it. You’d have 25 mm of solid plastic to replace same length of aluminium tube. Might work. I’d still get a new topmast... or just wrap grey tape over the ugly parts :rolleyes: _
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    Old Laser Hull 823

    Found some photographic evidence to validate the speculations. This is on the back cover of Dick Tillman’s legendary book: The vang fitting is farther forward, and is not the 45-degree strap type. The boat is number 995. _
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    gday from FNQ Australia

    :eek: I’d get a new one and trash that, or make a spare boom out of it. The topmast should have proper end caps anyway. They don’t add any ”extra” length. _
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    gday from FNQ Australia

    I wouldn’t do it. If you’re end-for-ending the spar, the corroded end goes to the top, where it shouldn’t cause any further problems. (Had to look up what ”FNQ” and ”ute” mean :rolleyes: ) _
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