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  1. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    I have been messing around with control lines, every one is now a different colour. Lots of splices and loops too. Why spliced connectors? I rig up from the beach, I live in fear of losing a shackle or a pin in the loose sand. The more splices and loops used, the lower the risk of losing...
  2. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    I set up a bungee luggage web on the foredeck for carrying food and drinks for when I stop off at the nearby offshore islands. I haven’t finished tying down the bungee but you’ll get the idea.
  3. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    I made up this simple (not class legal) outhaul rig today, it does not involve shackles. The large loop goes through the fairlead and then down around the end of the boom. The small loop attaches to the clew end of the sail luggage tag style.
  4. kimbodious

    laser outhaul/cunningham rigging for light wind

    I made up this simple (not class legal) outhaul rig today, it does not involve shackles. The large loop goes through the fairlead and then down around the end of the boom. The small loop attaches to the clew end of the sail luggage tag style.
  5. kimbodious

    laser outhaul/cunningham rigging for light wind

    I am a recreational sailor. I am not interested in racing. That means I can use modifications that are not legal for racing in the Laser class. One illegal mod I use is the block at the traveler end of the boom (like you suggest) instead of passing the outhaul through the fairlead, works great!
  6. kimbodious

    Laser Sheet diameter?

    Here’s a photo of the mainsheet that come with my Laser and the one I am replacing it with. The old one was way too thick, the new one is 8mm diameter to suit my 3XL hands
  7. kimbodious

    Laser spar damage

    gday DDG, Second hand market of old Lasers in Oz is great isn’t it? The deal I did for mine was even cheaper than yours. The thing I have learned in the restoration process is to save money where you can by doing whatever work you can BUT be prepared to spend money on sorting those things that...
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    Inspection ports with storage

    check out kayak hatch bags!
  9. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    Wow, great tip thanks. I know what to buy when I have to repair/ upgrade the rudder!
  10. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    Thanks, I am not racing at all. It might be possible to run some deck lines between the bow eye and the cam cleats for the mainsheet without having to add any extra attachment points. I won’t know until I receive the deck bag and test that idea.
  11. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    What are rec/ day-sailors using to tote their food, drinks and sunscreen? It’s an 8km sail one way from my launch area to a nearby island. It is cool to take a break on the island and sit and check out the scenery, but it is hungry thirsty business. I have been curtailing my stops on the island...
  12. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    Confessions of a lazy day-sailor. I have about 95kg in a 1.8m frame to throw around. Hiking out the last outing was much of a case of “if I really have to (or I think someone may be watching) LOL. The rest of the time I was pretty content to let it heel somewhat. This can only lead to a dunking...
  13. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    Messing around with ideas for attaching the outhaul and avoiding the illegal use of a shackle. I came up the the idea of an endless loop of single braid dyneema threaded through the fairlead in figure eight fashion. Why figure eight? I wanted the loop to be captive so it is one less thing I...
  14. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    thanks for the explanation!
  15. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    I opted for a shackle to make disassembly of the rigging easy for my XXL-sized hands
  16. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    I am going to try replacing the mast end clevis pin on the swivel for the boom vang with a bow shackle. Hopefully I can tie the lines from the cunningham to the shackle? Legality? Current arrangement
  17. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    Rough track of yesterday’s sail. The wind swung slightly more to the west on the return leg.
  18. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    I didn’t push the Laser on my first outing with the Standard sail all that hard for most of the time. I was the only sailboat out yesterday and for the whole time I only saw two powerboats. When I returned to the shore on the mainland, I met a guy who came to check out my rig because they are...
  19. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    Great response thanks! As you’ve probably gathered, I’ve been using this thread to chart the story on my adventures on and off the water with my ‘70’s Australia-made Laser. The exercise video you shared looks great, and fun too. I am feeling remarkably well the next day with little stiffness...
  20. kimbodious

    gday from FNQ Australia

    Jeez it is a bit of a handful in the shallows with no centreboard or rudder. Any pressure at all on the mainsheet and the sailboat is blown over. With no one on the shore to assist I have to be quick to untie any knots in the mainsheet and pull it out through the traveller and boom blocks.
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