there is such a good 2nd hand market for Lasers and they hold their value so well
For example, the modification below saved using a $40.50 deck plate that fits into the existing jam cleat screw holes. However, it required four new holes in an area of the deck that was never designed for them.
This next modification created two new holes in a $265 lower mast to use a $50 component instead of the $245 legal component that uses the existing vang tang. However, even the $50 component was unnecessary since the old vang components can be used to create an excellent and legal vang system (shown in the subsequent photo).