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    Draft stripes

    Well... what I actually tried to say is that it's not worth buying a boring-coloured boat just to try to hide in the starting-line crowd :rolleyes: After a long hiatus, I was working on a committee boat again last summer, at the Zoom 8 class worlds. Almost all the boats were white, and they...
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    Laser Value Question

    Looks like a very normal post-1986 Mark 1 Standard, probably made by North Sails if it came originally with a Sunfish Laser -built boat. _
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    Q. for USA-based Laser sailors: what's USA's best area for (Laser) sailing?

    Now that was a cool film, literally! Informative, too, as I didn't know about the history of that scene. But it's not really winter if you can't walk across your sailing waters :D _
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    Question about rigging line and extra parts

    Grant, if I were in your situation, I'd go to my favourite local chandlery and buy a few boatlengths of both 3 mm single-braid Dyneema and 5 mm high-quality double-braid polyester rope. Add a few small single blocks, and a swivel for the vang, and you can build highly satisfactory...
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    Draft stripes

    No, if you by "tells" mean telltails, which are pieces of thread or light cloth taped on a sail to show whether the flow is turbulent or not. The stripes are tapes that go horizontally from luff to leech, to show the horizontal profile of the sail. Draft stripes are quite useless in a crosscut...
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    It does look like the vang fitting in a Force 5. (The cleat arrangement is kind of Force 5-ish, too.) _
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    Size of the blocks: how important is it?

    To answer the title question: not very. Of course, the larger the radius of a sheave is, the less friction there is. Same with thinner rope - a large part of the friction in a purchase system comes from within the lines, so the less sharp the turns are, the better. In practice, the difference...
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    Probably has to do with the double-ended controls, which don't look very well-working at all (in addition to being spectacularly illegal). Get rid of it, and the fairlead below the vang tang as well. That lower mast has quite a few extra holes to snap at. Good. Their being at different...
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    Seen this? New Kid in Town. Laser with 29'er-ish sail

    Well, I reread Julian's Improper Course interview (can't link to it now because of technical problems), and it was posted earlier than I remembered, in late May. The video was uploaded to Vimeo four months ago, so it was recorded in early August at the latest. No word since. Yes. But...
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    It's even more likely to break! If you go sailing with that, be sure to rotate it so that the middle rivet points aft. But yes, that spar should really be end-for-ended. _
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    The length and location are easy to measure through the hole in the front plug with a long stiff wire or some such. Of course you can't see whether it's an original part or not, but that's beside the point, which is rule compliance in general. Is it ok to cheat if you don't get caught? _
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    Laser Full Rig Sail

    Just unfold the sail enough to see the red tack patch. A Mark 2 patch says "Laser class legal sail 4.5" and has a long serial number, while on a Mark 1 it says just "New numbers 3.8". _
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    Seen this? New Kid in Town. Laser with 29'er-ish sail

    Thanks for the links, Gryphon. If anything, it's getting even more cryptic with none other than Tracy himself saying "no white sails in the future"! On the other hand, they're developing a new lower mast for the existing (white!) Radial rig... I really, really don't like the mixed messages and...
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    And your boom won't be a Laser boom after that. This one needs to be an original LP part. _
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    You may have simply installed it too far forward... but it doesn't mean your boom will break next time you go sailing. _
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    I have the short (65 cm) sleeve, but I don't worry about my boom breaking anytime soon. I'd say switching to the longer (90 cm) sleeve isn't worth the trouble, but if you have none at all, then go ahead and get one. Emilio already posted a link. _
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    If the joint sleeve is attached with more than one rivet, it multiplies the risk of breakage at that point. If there is only one, don't worry. It actually doesn't have anything to do with the purchase ratio of the vang. But if you can make your boom more durable, why not? You'll even have more...
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    Special Edition Lasers

    I don't, but you seem to have quite a few... that is, your boat IS a "Graffiti" model, it's just that I was under the (possibly wrong) impression that it wasn't intended as a "special edition". _
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    Commissioning a 1988 Laser that has not been used in many years

    The mast step probably isn't a problem in a 1988 hull. Rig your boat, take pictures and post them here so we can see if there's anything that would be smart to update. _
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