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    National Class Contributions?

    I messaged our national treasurer about this but he hasn’t answered yet. The annual membership is only 35 € (paid it last week!) so a 25 USD ILCA fee sounds highly unrealistic. In any case, it's very reasonable compared with the other ILCA of which I'm also a member: the national association...
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    Soft Shackle Clew Tie Down

    You can use any rope or strap for the clew tiedown. With a "soft shackle", do you mean a line with a spliced loop at one end and a stopper knot at the other? Legal sure, but would you get it tight enough? _
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    Mid 70s 470

    Yes - like in the link in my previous post :rolleyes: It's because you want the shrouds to be as loose as possible when adjusting them. Could you post pictures of the head and tack areas of your jib? Is the luff wire sewn in place? (I see you've already contacted David Hughes. Guys like him...
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    Mid 70s 470

    The correct length is the maximum length, or at least reasonably close to it... I can't give you a number, but the method of measurement is in class rule C9.2(a)(4) on page 12 of the .pdf']class rules. The diagram describes it better than any words. 1) There's no guarantee whatsoever that the...
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    Mid 70s 470

    3048 mm is close enough to solve this one by simply moving the bolt to the forward hole. But it's strange that the mast step looks like it has been moved aft from an original position. _
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    Looking For Repair/Restoration Advice

    Yes, your boat was built by Performance Sailcraft in Montreal (or Pointe-Claire, Quebec to be exact) in August 1973. The hull/sail number is 9363. No zeros! If you're using a sail that was originally purchased before 1 June 1993, then the number may be of any (one) colour. But if it's newer...
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    Mid 70s 470

    2 x hoist height + distance from mast foot to transom + some extra for knots and takeup = 14.5 metres should be enough for the halyard. The elastic is a bit trickier... it has to be tested in action. It depends on its thickness and elasticity, and the purchase of the takeup system. Generally...
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    New Laser Class

    Andy, I don't understand what you're trying to say about your country's ranking and selection systems, and I think it's a bit off topic. I'll just add that as far as I know, ILCA isn't requiring my national class association to do anything we wouldn't do anyway. But this one has to be shot...
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    Mid 70s 470

    I have the same problem with my Lightning. The opening is some 5 mm to starboard... A pole that is too long is less of a problem than a too short one. The 206 - 208 cm range sounds like a Lightning pole (I've made dozens of them). A Thistle pole is a little short at 183. If I were you I'd...
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    New Laser Class

    I am a European Master. I don't quite share your concerns and I strongly disapprove of your methods. Please don't speak for me. How slow is "very" slow? The current plan (pandemics notwithstanding) is to have all the new builders up and running by late 2021. What if I want a new boat now...
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    Mid 70s 470

    The fact that the mast gate "arms" flex when you pull them vertically doesn't necessarily mean that they couldn't deal with the horizontal load from the mast puller. But if you don't need mast bend fine-tuning on the water, then chocks are fine. To specify a bit more, the optimal chock width...
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    Laser dimensions

    Max beam is 1.37 metres, so centreline-to-gunwale is half of that. _
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    Mid 70s 470

    I don't see why it wouldn't be. All that the aft puller does (from the hull's point of view) is to push the mast gate against the bulkhead. And it's worked in all boats for the last 40+ years. _
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    Mid 70s 470

    The red/black "Funky Starfish" bags look pretty sharp :D Note: all the bags seem to be made for a Mackay hull (or a 420!), so they won't be a perfect fit on an old Vanguard. Shouldn't affect their function though. A length of 5 or 6 mm stiff double-braid rope + a CL211Mk2 cleat. A Clamcleat...
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    Mid 70s 470

    If you use a spinnaker you have bags, period. What choices have you looked at? Doesn't really matter. The point is that they're high enough. A well-working pump-up system is great, but fairly complicated and not really necessary for recreational sailing. Simplest choice: a piece of low-stretch...
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    EurILCA extraordinary meeting

    Haven't actually talked with my national association people, but I'm quite sure that we voted against any stupid secessionism. If it came to a choice between ILCA and EurILCA it would be easy and natural to dump the latter. The next step may be the formation of rival national associations in...
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    Tiller separation

    Looks more like someone/-thing has hit the tiller from the front. Mine doesn't even go flush with the stainless part, but ends a few mm inside it. I don't think lubricating would help much, but it won't hurt either. _
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    Tiller separation

    Plastic hammer. How did it go that far? _
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    Advice on Fiberglass Lightning

    In certain corners of this planet (of which mine is one), there's a whole generation that experienced sailing primarily through the Lightning. Our national class association takes part in the local boat show every year, and every time there are these old folks that come up to the stand to tell...
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    Advice on Fiberglass Lightning

    In one word, delamination or osmosis are not likely to be an issue. Badly repaired cracks, and leaking bailers and hatches may very well be. Ask me how I know :confused: If you have a specific boat in mind, you can post pictures here, and I can try to say something relevant about it :rolleyes: _
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