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    Top section leaking

    Depending on the size and location of the entry and exit holes, one can imagine a fast fill/slow drain scenario. _
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    Top section leaking

    Of course, if you dunk repeatedly, things go from bad to worse :confused: I tried to calculate how bad (and how fast), but there are just too many variables, including the location and size of the holes where the water enters and air exits, and that the filling rate isn't constant in any case...
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    Top section leaking

    Rob, that's what I was thinking, too. The volume of the topmast is something like seven litres, and if my calculations are right, you'd need to fill it about halfway to make it problematically heavy for someone who's the exact design weight for the Radial: So yes, you'd have to keep the...
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    Top section leaking

    1. Find the place where it leaks. There are only three possible areas, as there are only three fittings involved. Submerge the spar for a few minutes and then see where the water comes out (maybe you've done this already). 2. Drill out the rivet(s) in question and remount the fitting(s) with...
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    Special Edition Lasers

    Oh my, the :eek: "stamp boat" is truly crazy... both in good and bad ways. Full points for creativity and execution, of course. I wouldn't mind the visual "busyness" either, but that deck will probably look nasty when damaged or even worn, and impossible to restore! I'd say it's the all-round...
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    Special Edition Lasers

    Gate starting different classes at the same time is a bit problematic: if the gate boat is slow, the fast boats want to start early, and vice versa. A gate starting area also extends windward at least 0.5 times the combined boat lengths, so I don't think it would work in the described area...
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    Dumb daggerboard question

    Nitpicking again... but you actually do get lift either way, you just get more of it with less drag and less chance of stalling if you orient the foil the way it was intended ;) _
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    Dumb daggerboard question

    It's a scientific fact, not a "consensus". In general, I don't see why the/a bottom edge should be at a non-zero angle to the flow. In the context of previous-generation Sunfish centreboards, I'd go for a longer leading edge, just to get a nicer cross-section at the tip. But as there seems to...
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    Can't depower the boat or keep the boom out of the water

    Strange. The only thing I can think of is what I already mentioned in the other thread: The sheet should be about 13.5 metres long for light air downwind, but in in heavier going you might want to tie the free end so that it's de facto shorter by 1 m (or so - you have to test it yourself, I...
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    Can't depower the boat or keep the boom out of the water

    It doesn't have to be a "Coach" with a capital "C", anybody who's even moderately experienced with Lasers and willing to help will do. You just have to ask! If you haven't done it yet, contact your state class association (you might as well join it, too) officers and tell them your story and...
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    Can't depower the boat or keep the boom out of the water

    Having sailed single-, double-, and even triplehanded dinghies for decades, I can say that the Laser is one of the easiest boats to right. It's not the singlehandedness that is the problem. You're highly likely making some very basic mistake when trying to right the boat, something which a...
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    Special Edition Lasers

    I think It's 157459, which would mean it was built in 1995. Now that you mention it, I remember seeing several other "Techno" boats in the past, and they didn't seem any "special" in any way, besides the text itself (just like with "Graffiti"). What does the other sticker on the back wall of...
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    Sunfish production has begun in the UK

    I understand that they've been built at the Banbury plant for some time now, and that the flotation has been switched from styrofoam to cubitainers, Laser-style. Concern has been expressed that this would weaken the structure, but then again, Lasers aren't falling apart while being similarly...
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    Catfish (?) Project

    I thought exactly the same. The bow profile is practically identical to that of the Buccaneer. He designed several very similar-looking cats but I don't think any of them is a match; what's most different with this are those cockpits... Just out of curiosity, you (norcalsail) might want to...
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    Buyer’s guide??

    Sail number 136983, built by Pearson in Rhode Island in December 1989. I understand that Pearson isn't exactly the highest-rated Laser builder, but at least the most vulnerable part - the mast step- has already broken and been fixed with the standard repair set. Agree totally with torrid that...
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    Buyer’s guide??

    There's this on the ILCA site: Buying a Laser – International Laser Class Association If you (or any others) are thinking of buying a specific boat, post pictures of it (the more the better) on this forum, and we'll tell you if it's any good :cool: _
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    Can't depower the boat or keep the boom out of the water

    As I said before, I don't think this is a solution. All that the different rig sizes do is to change the point of getting overpowered a bit up or down the wind scale, so they work like different weight divisions. You're the perfect size for the Radial, and I'm afraid going to a 4.7 would...
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    Can't depower the boat or keep the boom out of the water

    Have you been out on the water since that capsize you wrote about earlier? How's your shoulder? In 15+ knots, you should be overpowered. Everybody should... if not, they're too big for good all-round performance. You're doing pretty much the right thing with the controls; "crank" on the vang...
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    No such thing as a free boat...

    I have never even seen a "new" Sunfish centreboard, but I assume the construction is similar to the Laser foils, as the two have shared the same (North American or English) builder for the last 30 years. If that is correct, then... the 1993 -2010 boards are made of foam over a steel grid...
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    New to Lasers (but not to sailing), looking for some tips & advice

    Cool boats! I am more familiar with the British Cherub but they've obviously taken it to a more extreme direction. I think that would be a waste of money. It's not likely to "feel" very different (I don't have any experience with the 4.7, but I can't feel much difference between the Standard...
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