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Never sailed. Buying a laser. Should I worry about a boat that was repaired?

never_sailed

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Link to ad, and anything else I should know about lasers or getting started?? Tips on transporting one from my place to the boat launch (2km away)??
 

andyatos

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A Laser 2 is best sailed by two people. Do you have a buddy that you are planning to sail with?

- Andy
 

Rob B

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If you've never sailed I think there are better options than the Laser or Laser II. Something more stable would be better. Otherwise you're likely to get very frustrated after 3 attempts, sell the boat and not try sailing again.
 

never_sailed

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Thank you for replying to my post :). Yes, me alone controlling it in the beginning anyway. My partner would like to fish off the back. I like the idea of sailing with a friend. I think I would find a friend to sail with at some point, for windy days. I'm 28, 6 foot 1, 175lb. There is also someone close(ish) to me selling a bombardier invitation 4.8 for a little more, but it seems to be twice the weight with the same sail area (according to google?). The light weight of the hull on the laser is attractive to me, because I think I can probably make-do transporting it on my car roof for now since the boat launch is literally down the street.
 

Rob B

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This is not a boat for fishing off the back or really any part of while under way/sails are up or even sails down. I get the idea of it being light and easy to transport. However, being light = instability on the water. These boats do and will capsize without a lot of effort.

I love that you want to sail but you need a better/more stable platform. Look at a Flying Scott. It's much more forgiving and surprisingly larger for only being a few feet longer. A boat on a trailer would also make launching/rigging much easier. Do you have ramp access?
 

LaLi

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The Laser 2 would actually be a great learning platform, if you had someone experienced (in sailing, not fishing :D ) to helm and teach you. Sailing a doublehanded dinghy by oneself is a circus act of sorts for anyone, and definitely not something to start out with as a newbie.

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never_sailed

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Yes, one launch is a ramp and the other is a beach. Both come with a dolly. Thanks I'll have a look at the Flying Scott
 

never_sailed

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So the laser 2 has a jib and that's presumably the complication that makes a crew member necessary. Is it possible to start rigged with only the mainsail? Or maybe rigged with just the jib to pull away from the boat launch?
 

LaLi

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Is it possible to start rigged with only the mainsail?
This gets asked regularly... and the answer remains, it's possible, but not recommended. It has to do with the physics of dinghy sailing, and the fact that a multi-sail boat simply doesn't become a singlehander by reducing the number of sails. It can be done (I expect Riv to comment on this :D ), but I don't think it's good for learning.
Or maybe rigged with just the jib to pull away from the boat launch?
That would be even harder. Nearly impossible to steer (except dead downwind).
The seller also mentions that there are a couple of soft spots on the hull, is that a big issue?
Probably not. Depends on how soft, how large, and where. But as said, unless you can get a relatively experienced (and fairly light) partner to sail it, I don't think this is your boat.

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