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  1. Rob Hair

    1988 Laser Mast Step Repair Question

    I recommend the stainless disk but it MUST be attached with some suitable adhesive to the bottom of the mast tube. That way there will be no wear on the fiberglass at the bottom of the tube. Wear is still possible on the sides of the tube, so if it hasn't been stressed enough, :), avoid sand...
  2. Rob Hair

    1988 Laser Mast Step Repair Question

    One thing you certainly should do is install one of the stainless steel disks made for preventing that. It's not clear to me from the photos if you need additional material (glass) at the bottom of the tube before installing the disk. If you haven't done so I'd add an inspection port and...
  3. Rob Hair

    Rudder down-hold rope replacement

    I think my situation favors the opposite, or at least it seems that way to me. My tiller is a very secure fit in the head - I can't imagine it falling out even with no line. But more importantly, I launch from a very sandy beach but have to sail a couple hundred meters through an area with...
  4. Rob Hair

    Rudder down-hold rope replacement

    I have the extra purchase placed inside the rudder head. I saw that somewhere but don't recall if it was on this forum or elsewhere. It's worked well but it could be easier to set up external to the head as LaLi described.
  5. Rob Hair

    Rudder down-hold rope replacement

    I don't think nylon rope is best for this use. A lower stretch line rigged as 3:1 will make a big difference. I think you can find illustrations for that by searching this forum or Google. You may need a better cleat, too.
  6. Rob Hair

    Mast Step Dimensions and repair

    It looks to me that there was a plentiful supply of sand the made its way into the mast tube.
  7. Rob Hair

    Trailer question

    I was thinking of suggesting that you get a dolly and adapt your trailer to hold it just as you suggest. I don't think you will have any problem pulling your boat on the dolly up a ramp by yourself, unless the ramp is very steep or slippery.
  8. Rob Hair

    Is this a good deal?

    There once was an article linked to this forum that gave tips look for or more to the point, what to look out for. :) I looked briefly and didn't see it, but I'm sure a more determined search would find it. If that boat is more than a short drive away I'd get better photos from the seller...
  9. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823 pics

    Here is a sketch showing what I measured on two boats I have owned, hull #555 and #116810. I've since sold 116810. Distance A is from the mast hole to the rod tip and B is from the mast hole to the aft edge of the deck. Concerning the uniformity of the boats over the years, the spacer under...
  10. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823 pics

    I just realized my comment about the rudder position in the head compensating is wrong - makes difference greater. :)
  11. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823 pics

    I found the measurements I took years ago comparing my #555 to what was then also my #116810 (since sold). There is close to an inch difference between the rudder positions measured at the lowest point. However, if the rudder sits a bit differently in the head in original vs newer rudders as...
  12. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823

    Just a hunch, but could that name be Gregory Boat Company? And was it located in Micigan? If so, that is likely the dealer's name.
  13. Rob Hair

    New to me free boat

    You are referring to the two cam cleats on the deck near the front of the cockpit? Those are for the main sheet. Some like to use those, others dont.
  14. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823 pics

    I'm happy to see another hull with what appears to be exactly the same spacers as mine. Wonder if all Lasers with a hull number below ??? were from the same builder.
  15. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823 pics

    I think the spacers are necessary to get the right clearance to the aft edge of the deck. Also without the spacers the rudder rake (angle to horizontal) is different. If I remember correctly, with the spacers the rudder rake was about the same as on a newer Laser I previously owned which had...
  16. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823 pics

    Of special interest to me are the spacers under the upper gudgeon. My hull (#555) has the same thing.
  17. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823

    My key is bent but I don't know if it's original and, I hate to admit, I can't remember if I replaced it or its what was on the boat when I bought it. :)
  18. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823

    Mine isn't the 45° bracket. I've always assumed that my spars were original with the boat but it's certainly possible they aren't. I'm not the original owner. Nothing had been upgraded when I got the boat except that the mast tube had been re-enforced. Grab rails and foils are of course wood...
  19. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823

    Did any of you notice that that vang attachment point on the boom of the pictured boat is closer to the mast than is normally seen? My boat is the only other one like that I recall seeing and it's hull #555. I wonder if the very early boats were built like this.
  20. Rob Hair

    Old Laser Hull 823

    He has a vang but it's hard to see, being blue.
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