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Thomas Johnson

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1250
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Amherst
For sentimental reasons, want to locate and purchase an early Laser manufactured in the 1970s (I raced #1013, the first in San Diego). Hull needs to still be stiff and not waterlogged. New England (best) or Middle Atlantic. Text (571) 730-8523. Thanks, TJ
 

Coastal Redneck

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Wasn't far behind production-wise, I sailed Laser #2069 outta Dago for decades... I get the "sentimental reasons" part of your post, had more fun aboard that Laser than any other class, hands down. Hey, your initials could stand for Tijuana, LOL. :eek:
 

Thomas Johnson

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Sounds like you were another pioneer. I worked for the company that had the first Laser dealership in SD and the guy who ran it had #2002. Part of the fun of the boat was throwing it on top of my VW camper and heading off to the races. The classic for me was the '72 Western Regional Championship at Lake Mead. And yes, I went by "TJ" for many years. Cheers...
 

Coastal Redneck

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My best memories involve sailing a Laser to Los Coronados and landing on all four islands, pulling rad overnight voyages and hanging out with the wildlife... you can read all about those voyages in my "Laser Island Voyages" thread, links & photos are on the first page. I also sailed the length of the Salton Sea, right down the centerline of that bad boy, but that was aboard a 12' Minifish. I cartopped for decades, no lie... I'm a cheap b@stard so I went outta my way to avoid paying for trailer registration, trailer maintenance, etc. The Salton is a bad@$$ sailing venue, so-called "wind events" can actually make it dangerous, and most folks never get past the foul-smelling muck and shoals of rotting fishbones which line the lakeshore, but for those willing to forge ahead, the rewards are truly great... the air is cleaner once you're well away from shore, while the desert & mountain scenery is magnificent. Largest lake in the Socialist Republik of Kalifornia, and ya have it all to yourself, LOL. I posted some pics of Salton Expedition II in that same thread I mentioned earlier, same drill on the first page. Here's hoping ya find a solid ol' Laser and start reliving the glory days of your youth... HASTA LUEGO!!! :cool:
 

Thomas Johnson

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Wow, wish I had gotten out to the Coronados! Nothing like a Laser in the ocean with a good swell running. I did sail mine around from Shelter Island to Mission Bay - first to do that so far as I know. The kelp beds off the Cliffs were something, as was surfing the outer boomers headed into OB. I am looking forward to new experiences in my olde(er) age....
 

Coastal Redneck

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I routinely pulled that Dago Bay-Mission Bay voyage to party with friends in South Mission Beach... same drill as the islands, derigged and spent the night up there and sailed home the next day. I'd shortcut across the kelp beds at times, you could do that if ya raised the daggerboard & rudder, occasionally clearing the rudder when it got fouled with weed. Plenty of wildlife there too, the sea otters were probably my favorite back in the day, they were so comical... some sailors would get spooked by the kelp beds, since the underwater forest looks a bit eerie when viewed from above, but it's actually safer than open water, as large sharks generally won't venture into the kelp beds. Kind of a haven for certain critters, but it makes for slower sailing as a sailor threads his way through and effects a passage. Not something I would do in rough weather, but on good days it was possible... wouldn't do it aboard any boat larger than a Laser, a Sunfish or Minifish could easily handle the task. Occasionally some clowns aboard much larger boats would stray into the kelp beds and their keels & rudders would get fouled BIG-TIME... I'm guessing those were unlocal sailors aboard rental boats or whatever, maybe drunk and not paying attention or not keeping a bow watch. Meh, better than winding up on the rocks of Zuniga Jetty as a few did, the boats total losses... :confused:

P.S. You ever cross Zuniga Jetty aboard your Laser? That can be a dicey number, but with a favorable tide it's not too scary, though the rocks below are spooky... I liked to time my exact crossing with the arrival of a wave rolling across the partially-submerged jetty toward the beach, that put a little more water under my hull, LOL. I must have crossed that jetty 100 times back in the day, but only on those days when I meant to patrol the beach in Coronado, no need to cross it on my way to the islands. Spooky as those submerged rocks were in every crossing, success lay in the timing... I reckon good timing is the key to success in many aspects of life. :rolleyes:
 

Thomas Johnson

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Ah, had forgotten about how nice bonfires at South Mission Beach were in the summertime. As for the kelp beds, you were lucky to find otters there as that's really far south for them. I didn't think they lived south of the Channel Islands. I do remember in my early years when you could still find abalone there.

Sounds as though your car-topping days were a bit like my habit here in MA now to carry a small kayak on the roof rack and take it down when I come across a pond or brook I want to explore.

I never crossed the Zuniga in anything, although was tempted to try once or twice. I agree with you about the importance of timing...
 

Coastal Redneck

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These were definitely sea otters, big difference between an otter and a seal or sea lion, LOL. I was always friendly to the seals & sea lions, unlike most fishermen, particularly commercial fishermen, so the pinnipeds would follow me around and keep me company on some days. One big ol' sea lion followed me halfway up the channel on a return voyage from Mission Beach... just curious, I suppose, and I'm not one to adopt a threatening demeanor toward wildlife while sailing, no point in it when I'm out there to ditch society and get closer to nature. I'd feed the sea birds too while under way, there'd be a big flock of 'em hovering astern and diving for snack items like stale cookies, chips, bread, etc., anything no longer wanted at my home. Had a whale surface just ahead on one voyage, I wrote about it in one of my stories... scared the cr@p outta me at first, along with my passenger friend, but after quickly tacking away we felt privileged to see that magnificent creature at such close range. Yesiree, Laser sailing sure puts ya right down on the surface of the ocean, same goes for Sunfish sailing and other small craft classes... ya get to see critters at close range and ya really feel like you're part of it all, ya know? I wouldn't trade my memories of Laser sailing for all the tea in China... or all the gold in Fort Knox for that matter, the gold just doesn't cut it when compared to island voyages, LOL. Then again, I'm not consumed by greed, which is probably why I've only gone so far in the material world... but I'm wealthy in life experience, richer than any bankster pogue could ever be while chasing the almighty dollar. :confused:

MEH, ENOUGH PHILOSOPHIZING FOR NOW, I'M OFF TO DRINK A COLD BEER... SPENT MY MORNING ORGANIZING STUFF AT THE HOUSE, WOUND UP DONATING FIVE BOXES OF THINGS NO LONGER NEEDED, ALL OF IT WENT STRAIGHT TO VINNY DE PAUL, AYE? :rolleyes:

I'M A FIRM BELIEVER IN RECYCLING STUFF AND PUTTING IT BACK INTO CIRCULATION IF IT'S STILL USEFUL, I DON'T LIKE TRASHING IT WHEN THERE'S ALREADY SO MUCH WASTE IN THIS WORLD. BETTER TO TOSS IT BACK INTO CIRCULATION... BETTER KARMA AS WELL, LOL. ;)

CHEERS!!! I'M OFF TO GRAB THAT COLD BEER OUTTA MY FRIDGE, I CAN HEAR IT CALLING MY NAME... WORKED UP A THIRST GOING THROUGH ALL THOSE BOXES EARLIER, BUT MY HOME LOOKS GOOD, CLEAN & UNCLUTTERED WITH JUST ENOUGH PRIMO DECOR FOR IT TO BE STYLIN', WOOHOO!!! :cool:
 
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jlogan

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For sentimental reasons, want to locate and purchase an early Laser manufactured in the 1970s (I raced #1013, the first in San Diego). Hull needs to still be stiff and not waterlogged. New England (best) or Middle Atlantic. Text (571) 730-8523. Thanks, TJ
I have just posted a for sale ad for a laser + trailer that I bought "much used" in 1981, still very serviceable (in Portsmouth NH).
 
I have a fresh water lake sailed 1975 Laser , that has not been "sailed". I just picked from a family friend closing their estate.
Long Island based
 
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