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Plastic Gudgeons for racing

Tpink

New Member
New member here,

going to do some regatta's this summer and am using a borrowed 06 hull.
she's barely been sailed, and has the plastic oem gudgeons.

just curious if those will be an issue w heavier use in racing and if swapping out for the SS is necessary?

there is not an inspection port on the aft deck, which I'm assuming will be needed to do the swap?

Thanks!
 

LaLi

Well-Known Member
The Laser hasn't had stainless gudgeons since the late 1970s.

And they've always been just screwed in place, not bolted.
 

LaLi

Well-Known Member
Sure they'll be legal forever, but I don't think any have been available for a very long time (40 years or so). And no, you don't need them.
 

ang

Member
You sure they are legal? Wood boards are also legal just not on boats the originally came with fiberglass ones. I think the metal gudgeons are the same way. Only legal on the old boats
 

torrid

Just sailing
Unless they are broken or worn, no reason to mess with them. And with a casual search of the web, I was unable to locate any stainless steel Laser gudgeons. Well, class legal anyway.
 

LaLi

Well-Known Member
You sure they are legal? Wood boards are also legal just not on boats the originally came with fiberglass ones. I think the metal gudgeons are the same way. Only legal on the old boats
Class rules 14(e) and 15(i) say you can't use wooden foils on a hull that was originally supplied with non-wooden ones.

No such rules exist for any other "old" equipment. Whatever has been legal at any time will stay so until it's specifically banned.

(And by the way, what ang suggests is pretty typical for imaginary class rules: people tend to think the rules are more restrictive than they actually are.)
 
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