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    Class Politics ILCA, LaserPerformance and equipment changes

    Guys who do Olympic campaigns buy sails regularly and stop using them long before the end of their competitive life. I've bought used sails from these guys and have gotten great mileage out of them, so if you can get a good used sail from someone who buys new ones a lot, you can put off buying a...
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    Paint Laser Hull Pink

    In junior sailing I used to sail against a pink boat fairly regularly. It was the only one I ever saw, but I think it was custom ordered from Vanguard just before they sold to LP. Photo by Tim Wilkes
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    laser cover

    For what its worth, I've seen Colie Sails covers that are 15-20 years old and still doing their job with no problems at all. I doubt you can get higher quality than that - and they look great.
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    What happened to colored Lasers?

    @ Max, the yellow/dark grey was probably not their best choice ever. But yellow/white wasn't too bad though... But is there a way to permanently color an existing white or grey laser? I don't know much about paint, but won't it need replacement as time goes on?
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    What happened to colored Lasers?

    Among other things, one of my biggest gripes about Laser Performance in N.A. is that they have only made white and grey boats since 2008 or so. I understand that this makes the boats more alike, but I used to like how everyone's boat looked different with different colors across the fleet. It...
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    What Blade Bag?

    For any kind of covers, I would only go with Colie. The quality is so superior and it will last for decades. Even though the intensity one is nice (like all of their stuff), it doesn't fit the longest tiller extensions (48" +) in the pocket - it's just a little too short.
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    Class Politics Coaches- why it makes laser racing less fair

    There are a lot of reasons why having a personal coach on the water is unfair, and having them hold gear is not the biggest one. First and foremost is that coaches have the potential to give sailors a big tactical advantage by feeding them information about the races that a competitor cannot...
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    PFD/ buoyancy aid question.

    I use a CG approved life jacket whenever they are required by the SI's and a buoyancy aid when they're not. At the regattas that they are required, I see plenty of people wearing buoyancy aids, and most of the time, they don't get in any kind of trouble for it. But for that small percentage of...
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    Mainsheet Blocks

    It wasn't the blocks themselves, but the hook joining them together. I'm not sure what that part of the block is made of but I don't think its a very reliable material. Or maybe it is and having 2 sets of broken blocks is like lightning striking twice... I was thinking about writing Holt Allen...
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    Mainsheet Blocks

    The "new upgrade" traveler blocks also have the added benefit of not snapping or breaking after a lot of use under high stress. My own traveler blocks (the old holt ones) broke just before the start of the first race of North Americans, costing me my drop and keeping me out of top 10 at the...
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    New laser in 10 days - transport questions

    IMO, isnt it a whole lot easier to just cartop it and not worry about damaging the hull? Even if your car can't carry a boat, swapping cars with a friend who owns an SUV/Jeep that can handle the boat on the roof would work great if you dont mind the poor gas mileage. That would also solve your...
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    Getting under the boom

    I think turning your whole body forwards a bit during the tack makes it easier to get under the boom when its really windy or any time there is a lot of vang on. Think of it like trying to go under caution tape or a low hanging tree branch. You would probably not just bend straight over and go...
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    Flying with a tiller

    I took my tiller and extension setup to Midwinters East in a cylindrical mailing tube and after some degree of haggling about it being fragile enough to carry on (carbon fiber, etc.) they just let me take it. It was a cardboard tube that my tiller extension was shipped in when I bought it. I...
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    Special Edition Lasers

    Its funny he mentions the graffiti one because someone told me that there were only 2 or 3 of them ever made and they were design prototypes for the Atlanta Games that were not selected as the final design (the flower one was, mentioned above). If you found one of those that is a very special...
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    Advice to Newbs - Lessons learned from first sail

    About the vang, maybe tie a knot or begin a daisy chain at the point where the vang will be "max eased", or as loose as you would be willing to let it go on the water. Do this on land before you leave the dock/beach and you should probably never have the boom/gooseneck problem again. (It will...
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    New Foils

    But its also true that the foils Laser has been making the last few years have been really bad, and they chipped frequently and early on. I have chartered four times in the last 2 years and the centerboard chipped two of those times (and not from abuse or neglect either). And when it wasn't my...
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    Charter Available in Clearwater

    still available
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    To tack or not to tack?

    If you can get off of the line in clear air, not behind or below somebody that is probably most important. A pretty good rule i used to use when I was beginning to race is to always try to keep the mark within your line of forward vision, i.e. if you have to crane your neck around to see the...
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    carbon tiller extension marks my gunwales!

    i dont think i would use wax, maybe some type of marine polish would work just as well. also, maybe tape over the spot on the tiller extension that its rubbing off and see if that helps