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    Inspection port installation tips (pic)

    I typed these up for people installing the Bottleport but thought they could help anyone putting in a port. This is in addition, of course, to all of the other install tips you can find by searching old posts here and note, of course, that YMMV: --HOW TO PLACE AND TRACE THE HOLE: What makes...
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    Anyone ever launched at La Jolla Shores?

    Was down there this weekend and was surprised to find out that the place where everyone launches kayaks next to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club also allows trailer-launching of small boats. The lifeguard said Lasers would be fine. Also cats, etc. I'm looking forward to giving this a try...
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    Bottleport reviewed by Tillerman

    For those thinking "will he stop posting about the Bottleport already," I'm sorry for the deluge. But I was really happy to read Tillerman's review on his Proper Course blog because I am a real fan. The Facebook group "Seven Reasons to Hate a Laser Sailor" was inspired by one of Tillerman's...
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    Bottleport fits Ronstan Inspection Ports (pics)

    I designed the Bottleport to be an exact fit to the Viking 5" inspection port, so I was surprised to find out that it also fits perfectly in the Ronstan 5" inspection port (#PNP97). You'd think that all the ports would be different, but the Ronstan has the same threads, diameter, O-ring...
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    The Bottleport is here!

    Hello Fellow Laser Forumites, I’ve been looking forward to making this post ever since the Bottleport was just a sketch on a piece of notebook paper almost two years ago. Since LaserForum helped me a lot with the initial research (one thread is even quoted in my patent application), it...
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    Zhik Skiff Suit size XL, like new $175 (250 new)

    Bought new, used literally twice. Like new, perfect condition. See more info here: http://www.zhik.com/TypeCategory.aspx?category=7&element=211 For sizing, I am 6'1", 185lbs and this suit fits me perfectly. Probably could also have gone w/a large but was sort of in between and went with...
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    Anyone interested in doing a casual group sail out of Long Beach Harbor?

    Though I traded in my Hobie cat for a Laser so I wouldn't have beg my friends to come sail (for whatever crazy reason they didn't always jump at the chance), it would be fun to have some people to sail with occasionally. Anyone interested? Feel free to email me directly at...
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    Any opinions on this mast step?

    Here's an inside shot of the 1980 standard rig Laser I just bought (with all of the bouyancy containers shoved out of the way). Hull and deck are tight and solid all the way around. Very happy with this boat and feel like I got a good deal for the $900 I paid (courtesy of a Boat Wanted listing...
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    '78 Laser Standard, $675 in Los Angeles

    I've priced this one low for two reasons: #1, I have another boat on the way; #2, the deck is uniformly soft all the way around. TRAILER IS NOT INCLUDED!! Most of you will probably be more concerned about #2 than #1 so I'll just say a few things about that. The deck is soft, yes, but I have...
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    WTB 90s Laser w/ solid hull (or 80s?)

    Looking for a Laser near Los Angeles, however I am willing to do a road trip for the right one. Would go up to, say, 500 - 750 miles, depending on the quality of scenery between here and there. Here's what I'm looking for: --No soft spots in hull or deck. Looking for great condition hull...
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    Splashdown...basic question

    Coming from cat sailing and still feeling my way around in a laser. Here's a basic question: When I'm fully hiked out (properly according to various guides found here) and get to the point where the boat is nice and flat, I constantly get smacked by waves. I don't mind getting wet (much) but...
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    Laser dolly in Los Angeles, $150

    Dolly works great and appears to be made from plans like the ones <a href="http://www.jdecm.com/laser/dollyplan.htm">here</a>, but with the addition of the padded cross-piece to support the stern. This dolly came with the Laser I just bought and looks to be nearly new, but I now have the boat...
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    Thanks LaserForum! Bow delamination repair completed...

    First post here in the forum. After getting tired of recruiting crew for my catamaran, I recently bought a used Laser and with the tips from posts here, completed the first repair--fixing a delamination in the bow hull/deck joint from someone ramming a dock or something long ago. Here are...
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    WTB: Laser w/trailer in SoCal area OR trade for H16

    I want to keep the price down so am fine to take an older model that's solid. Prefer one that I can just start sailing w/o repair, etc. The Hobie 16 I'm willing to trade is a great boat. Like-new trampoline; crisp sails in great condition; updated traveller; new Harken mainsheet cleat; new...
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