Well put Lu!
I hope not. I like his style and determination to keep the Laser from completely dying on the vine in South America. It is a damn shame that the continent that produced Robert Scheidt does not have its own builder, and is at the whim of the increasing monopoly of Laser Performance.Has Dr. Loser been sent on "vacation" from the forum?
OK, now that is a good question. And will there be enough orders in future for another builder? And if there's not a builder in SA, will a builder on another continent buy the license and ship boats there?Does anyone know why the builder went under in SA? This seems to be the heart of the matter. Did they go completely out of business or did they just not get enough orders to pay for their licensing?
All good stuff. Keep it coming....Tracy, do you have any insight on this?OK, now that is a good question. And will there be enough orders in future for another builder? And if there's not a builder in SA, will a builder on another continent buy the license and ship boats there?
Well, personally, I'd not be so pessimistic and hope people don't misinterpret what I was trying to say. In the end, I'm sure that a solution will be found and I don't for a minute think Laser sailing is going to end in South America. However, there are challenges and I think its important to keep them in mind when discussing it on this thread.Thanks Tracy, I think that summed the facts of the whole thread up nicely. Thats about what it ends up as then. Unless orders go up, there will be no builder in SA. Orders will not go up unless more people try out the boat, people who will have to pay extra to try the laser out. I hate to say it, but that sounds like the recipe for a shrinking class, at least it SA.
Dr Loser. I excuse you and I think we all do. All Laser sailors have passion for our boats and we sometimes get excited and carried away with ourselves!.
Thank you very much Mr.Tracy Usher, Miss Merrily, Mr. Rob B, Mr.fracisco, Mr mlemieux1978, Mr LooserLu and all the T.L.F. members that have understood what we wanted to say.
I am so sorry because I know that I have been a "bad guy" with my ofensives messages, but I know that all of you can understand me.
Excuse me, I am so sorry.
Thanks to all
Perhaps, for a while, importing Lasers is a way to go. But is that a good/durable realistic way, to go for a longer time at SA?I didn't think I forecast the death of the class. Its just that 10 large is a lot to pay. I'm not pulling that number out of the air, thats the price (16150 real) I got from the Boatspeed of Brasil webpage. I don't think anyone will misinterpret your statement of the facts as they are at this moment in public knowledge. The two closest builders are in Europe and the U.S. Its 5300 miles as the crow flies to Buenos Aires from NY and 9234 miles from Australia to Peru. It takes a lot of dead dinosaurs to go that far. Hopefully some of the production from the former Vanguard facility will go that way, as its shorter than London to Buenos Aires ( 6900 mi). ( these are statue miles by air) There are a lot of great sailors south of the equator and I hope they will always have great boats to sail, but those shipping distances and import costs are murder, as you state.
From this link:
Mr. Carlos Palombo (ARG) is no more Central & South America Vice Chairman,
now is Mr. Miguel Aguerre (URU)
One second to change a
Member of the World Council !!!!!!
A lot of days to answer an e-mail.
Cool man !!!!