if i had an old laser (given that the hull was sound) i would wax it up well and make a mold out of it, and then lay the mold with carbon fiber and make a laser that a kid could lift with one hand..... what do you guys think?
As a matter of fact, they do make a carbon fiber dinghy. There is one at my club. it is a Stevens design and it is completely carbon fiber. GORGEOUS! i am aware that there are only 9 in the world and that you can obtain plans and materials to build your own or have a yard in Rhode Island build it. very expensive though.
I got it backward. A 30 pound hull would move the center of balance way up with the weight of the spars and sail and skipper. The boat would fall toward you unless you stayed close to the centerline or you had a mighty wind to counterbalance your weight. You'd have to hike less, and it sounds to me like it would be unstable.
There can't be a carbon Laser, unless the maker in North America paid for a license from Vanguard or got some other kind of dispensation--say for research. Besides, Brendan said a Steven's design dinghy.
no, i never said that there was a carbon laser in production, believe me if there was i would have one... i was simply saying that there is a dinghy made completely out of carbon fiber... sorry for the misunderstanding.
Another note, i was just saying that it would be easy to make a carbon fiber laser if you had, say a mid 80's hull in good condition that you dont want. then all you would need to do is wax the hull really well and make a mold out of it. after that, you just need to lay the gelcoat, epoxy, and carbon fiber in the place of fiberglass. all it really is, is "Set it and forget it". once its dry pop in out and you have a carbon laser. Sorry for any bad spelling or punctuation, i am in a rush to get to a regatta as i type this.
id start with an extremely well waxed layer of particle board, then id lay it up with west systems epoxy and a very very light fareing putty. sound good? i actually think im going to do this over the summer because im just a freshman in highschool. i will probably just use it to goof off in but it will be fun... i hope!