Harken Vang mast pin size

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Hi all.
I got my hasty eBay purchased Laser1 today. Given the wind decided to move the rig from the radial bottom mast onto the full. Somewhat suprised to find the hole diameter on the mast bracket for the vang/kicker was too small for the (one and only) vang pin I have. The pin is clearly the right diameter for the vang assembly so getting a smaller pin didn't seem like the right option. On inspection I suspect the radial bottom section has had the mast hole drilled out (but could be wear).
The vang is Harken, so I guess this is an upgrade.
- Does anyone know if the harken and standard vang pin diameters are different? (Don't know the age of the mast sections)
- is it safe to drill out the mast bracket hole to accept the harken pin?
- any other options/obvious stuff I'm missing (this is my first foray into boat ownership!)
I'm just aiming for club racing, so not fussed what is class legal.



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I don't know what the Harken pin diameter is, but the class rules say, "The mast tang hole may be drilled to take a larger pin." No measurements given. I'd say it's safe to enlarge the hole to take whatever pin the Harken fitting takes.

The Radial isn't a reefed Standard. The different rig sizes aren't meant to be used by the same people in different conditions, but by different sized people in all conditions. They're essentially different weight classes. If you're just below 75 kg you can go either way with the Standard and Radial, but try to choose one or the other and adjust your weight a bit instead.

Club racing is racing, and if you're racing, you will have to follow the class rules. Many will likely tell you otherwise, but they're all wrong, period. If you have any rules questions, post them in the "politics" section - I am happy to (try to) answer them, and I believe so is AlanD, who used to be an official measurer. And of course, you can read them yourself here: Laser Class Rules – International Laser Class Association