I sail in finn and laser too, and I founded difficult and annoying, to sail the laser in very light wind dw without the JC Strap. The JC is a very important part of the finn. Am I allowed to use a JC strap in the laser during the regattas? Is it legal? It's important for me, I used to sail with it in the finn.
So. We have a game that works fine. In fact it is the best and most popular sailing game in the world.
A few individuals want the rest of us to change the game so their particular tastes can be better accomodated.
Let's asume there are actually 1000 of you who really really want to use the JC device.
if we allow the device, all the rest of us will have to go get one so we can compete with 100% equal boats...which is the onbject of laser sailing...
If half of us, about 100,000 sailors build and install the devices at the least expensive prices quotes above.
Your request will cost the rest of us over $10,915,000
I am certain those who love Laser sailing can do better things for our game with $10,915,000
I agree with gouvernail, this is how the laser is, if the change dosn't vastly improve the sailers experinece with the boat at a reasonably cheep prize, or makes the class cheeper it's really no use changeing.
Sure, the laser formula has it's flaws, it can easily lead to certain things beeing vastly overpized, which we can obviously see =P. Another issue is of course how there is only one kind of mast so the sailer has to change his weight to fit the mast, instead of changeing the mast to fit his weight (of course this only applies to sailers on a quite high level).
There are many issues like that, but it seems like in general people consider the advatages of the laser idea bigger than the dissadvatages.
If you don't, buy a finn =p
can understand advantage of JCstrap on a Finn where mast at deck level somewhat constricted - but on most lasers the mast at deck level is free to move somewhat. In most cases the rig becomes very stable running by the Lee in a laser because of this. Unless you have a particularly narrow mast tube at deck level is it really needed / an advantage????