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    Hull coating for racing

    I like this stuff. Lasts for most or all of a full season, applicable by hand and this tub would last you for years. Another nice thing is it fills small scratches if you apply it thickly in the correct areas. Also, support small businesses when you can...
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    Dressing for colder weather

    I'm not sure on wetsuits, but in March you may want to consider a drysuit as well.
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    Laser Hydrofoil Kit Cost

    Thanks for the response, do you recall what the exact price was? If not, no worries!
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    Laser Hydrofoil Kit Cost

    Does anyone know how much these kits cost? The main ones I see are from Foilsz and Glide Free, but they do not list a price on their website unless you make an account and I do not want to give them my information. Apparently both are "very affordable" - but fail to attach a number to that...
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    Repair Outhall Friction

    A lot of people use a bungee. Attach one end to the clew strap and the other to the gooseneck/mast. I have seen people attach their bungee to the mid-boom outhaul clam cleat as well, but that is most likely illegal. Attaching the bungee to the clew strap and mast is best because it help keeps...
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    How to clean an old hull?

    I would go for some light buffing compound without a lot of abrasives in it, then use something like McLube Hullkote as a "racing finish" and see where that leaves you. I would not sand the hull or do anything else until you see if you can bring the shine back or not. If your son is worried...
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    Different Trailer options

    I have the RightOn and use the Intensity Sails dolly wiht it; the setup works well, though it is best suited for Seitech/Dynamic dollies on the trailer for stability. My thoughts are: - Kitty Hawk/Trailex is more stable but can make for greater launching difficulties. The degree of difficulty...
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    Laser mast step possible leak

    After looking at the pictures, it appears that Lali is right, there is a crack in the step. There are ways to repair this I am sure, but it does demonstrate the the mast step is not strong enough to be 100% bulletproof for sailing in all conditions. You could probably cut a hole in the deck...
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    Bailer repair

    That is a painful situation, but not impossible. I would not try to punch it through, you will almost certainly damage the surrounding gelcoat and fiberglass. I honestly am not sure, but maybe try getting a super sharp and tough drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw shaft is and...
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    Mooring a Laser

    I have 0 experience with this but my initial thoughts are: - Do not moor the boat by the bow eye alone, it may not be strong enough to hold the boat during high winds/chop (even small chop on a 350 acre lake) - Make sure your boat really has 0 leaks (maybe leave it in for a few days and check...
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    Rounding the leeward mark?

    Right, the scenario is 10 knots, and I am not talking about capsizing, I am talking about blade stall/unnecessary helm drag in general. Having a bit of board up can help reduce or prevent unwanted drag and general boat balance. My point is that it is a judgment call based on the situation...
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    Rounding the leeward mark?

    I think it depends on the conditions. If you're in light to medium breeze and flat water, having the board down slightly early probably will not affect your gybe as heavily. Conversely, if you're in choppy, heavy wind, you are more likely to "trip" or stall the board/rudder on your gybe, so it...
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    How to reinstall the traveler cleat?

    Toggle bolts would leave you with unnecessarily large holes that would also need a lot of sealant, but would almost certainly result in a potential leak area. Option 1: use a thick epoxy (west system with colloidal silica mixed in or something like west system six-10 would work) and add...
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    Looking for a new Dolly trailer for Laser

    I have also heard of Kitty Hawk and Trailex making Laser trailers. No idea if either ship to Puerto Rico, good luck!
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    Bunk/Rail locations for deck-down trailering.

    Across the boat, with a lot of padding. Ideally, you want the bunks to be as close to/on top of the aft end of the cockpit and the mast step. That's where most of the structure is.
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    Bottom compound and wax

    Fast Finish - International Lightning Class Association Not the article I am thinking of but here are some statements from pro sailors here in the US about bottom finish.
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    Bottom compound and wax

    I read an article a couple of years back that involved Lightning sailboats and a hydrodynamics study re: what finish is fastest. The study determined that, for the first day or two, a 500 grit, wet sanded and unpolished finish is the fastest, however, its performance quickly degrades as dirt...
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    Bottom compound and wax

    I have used Eelsnot boat therapy. Sticks around for up to 2 years (in my experience) and can be applied by hand. It's even kind to the environment as well. Eelsnot Boat Therapy 20oz
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    Anyone with the Right On trailer?

    It's basically a standard Harbor Freight low-weight utility trailer with U-shaped brackets bolted on the top of the aftmost cross-member. There are also two rollers up the middle that you use to roll the boat/dolly up onto, and then a bow bracket that fits the dolly handle nicely. I have one...
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    Is this a good deal?

    @beldar It being a late1980s boat it is unlikely that it has an M rig. Most likely a Radial or homemade cut-down job. I do not think M's were produced/that popular in the late 1980s, however, someone else here probably knows exactly when the M's were discontinued.