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  1. Rob Hair

    Seeking opinion - 1972 Laser Mast Step Inspection Movie

    To emphasize LaLi's third point, using a replacement mast tube on your boat would make it a MUCH bigger job requiring that you align the new tube carefully. Adding a port shows that your boat was improved and the port is otherwise useful for ventilating the hull and verifying it's dryness for...
  2. Rob Hair

    gasket strips for Laser 2 dagger board opening

    Michael, nice to see someone else from DHS sailing Lasers!
  3. Rob Hair

    Dolly vs trailer for Laser 1

    I forgot to mention, I'd use only a sling or gunnel dolly.
  4. Rob Hair

    Dolly vs trailer for Laser 1

    My recommendation is to add Bearing Buddies to your Kitty Hawk and perhaps convert the lights to water rated LEDs. If your goal is to reduce the weight or to have both a dolly and trailer available depending on road travel or not, I'd look at some of the dollies made just for Lasers. Compare...
  5. Rob Hair

    Seeking opinion on potential mast step repair (pics)

    You're doing a good, thoughtful job!
  6. Rob Hair

    Seeking opinion on potential mast step repair (pics)

    The previous owner of the boat I own now removed the adhesive (Bondo or donut) before adding fiberglass and resin in order to reinforce the mast to hull connection. It looks very nice to anyone who opens the inspection port and shines a light in to look at it. :) On a boat I have since sold...
  7. Rob Hair

    Seeking opinion on potential mast step repair (pics)

    Photos like these moved me to reinforce the bottom attachment of the mast tube. There are more dramatic photos but this is what I found after a quick search.
  8. Rob Hair

    Seeking opinion on potential mast step repair (pics)

    John, at one time you could buy a stainless steel disc that could be glued into bottom of the mast tube. It prevented the mast from wearing through the bottom of the boat, as HelgeS mentions. I think it's a very worthwhile addition especially if your boat encounters sand and is easy to add...
  9. Rob Hair

    PICS I made a jib and it actually works

    Very creative work, John! Have you noticed any tiller balance problems like excessive lee helm?
  10. Rob Hair

    Seeking opinion on potential mast step repair (pics)

    If you are lucky the bottom of the mast tube is still held in the correct position by the big blob of Bondo like material. This was used to fix the mast to the hull when the hull and deck were joined. Since there was no other access to this joint during boat assembly, the recess in the hull...
  11. Rob Hair

    Seeking opinion on potential mast step repair (pics)

    That previous owner's assurance of structural soundness was a bit of an exaggeration! You should be able to be very successful fixing this and have a dependable boat. You'll find descriptions of what others have done by searching this forum. Most often it's the bottom of the tube that needs...
  12. Rob Hair

    Temporary storage at cottage

    Welcome to Laser sailing, Max. Like you, I keep my Laser at our cottage (on Lake Huron, near Port Austin, MI) and quick set up is important to me also. I do have a boathouse at the beach to keep the boat when not in use, but much of what I do may be of interest to you. I would not leave the...
  13. Rob Hair

    Hull weight

    It seems to me that using two bathroom scales, one at the bow and the other at the stern would be workable for those of us who have no more elaborate way to weigh a Laser. Of course the boat should not be in contact with anything but the scales. The boat weight is the sum of the scale...
  14. Rob Hair

    Hull weight

    Maybe check your measurement procedure?
  15. Rob Hair

    Can a Laser be rigged using only the top of the mast?

    I understand your question now but I'd still say no. If you found a lateen rig (that's what's on a Sunfish) you could adapt it to fit on a Laser but I really think that's not the best thing to do. You would no longer have a Laser, though if you didn't remove any of the Laser hardware you could...
  16. Rob Hair

    Can a Laser be rigged using only the top of the mast?

    It's not at all clear what you are asking, but if you mean, "Can a Laser be rigged without the bottom section of the mast?", the short answer is no. If you seek more info perhaps you can further explain your question.
  17. Rob Hair

    Advice for first time laser buyer looking to get out on water for least combined expense/effort

    Let's not loose sight of the title of this thread and the clear statement from the original poster that her/his budget for this boat was $1000. Racing was a maybe. I would hate to see this person get the idea that the only boat worth considering is race ready and give up on getting a Laser...
  18. Rob Hair

    Advice for first time laser buyer looking to get out on water for least combined expense/effort

    The boat with the inspection port near the mast has some delamination of the deck in that area around the mast. Maybe that was addressed when the port was installed, maybe not. Also, one of the gudgeons is bent, but no big deal. As far as boat age goes, the Laser I have now is among the...
  19. Rob Hair

    Advice for first time laser buyer looking to get out on water for least combined expense/effort

    It's hard to judge the blue boat from just that one photo but if that's it's only fault, the repair isn't too hard as LaLi says. It's been painted and the paint may have been applied to hide other problems. The paint will continue to get scraped off and being a different color than the gelcoat...
  20. Rob Hair

    Trailer

    The Trailex as mentioned above by Wavedancer is easily moved by hand (I have one and like it). But if you don't intend to use it to transport your Laser by car (not clear to me from your post) you would better served by a "dolly". That will be cheaper and lighter in weight. Google Laser dolly.

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