does the sail number have to be on the sail for me to race the boat
You are right. I missed the missing window and the insignia.Although it is only a small picture, I do not think that this sail is a class legal one from the 80's.
The picture in the avatar does not even seem to have a window, nor the usual red Laser sailmaker's patch and finally does not seem to have the white panel with the red Laser insignia.
I think it is just one of the many non-legal sails made up over the years to fit a Laser.
It is a pity that you cannot get legal coloured Laser sails any more.
I have matching colored sails for both my 80 92875 and 81 100541 boats, dark orange, light orange yellow, I think they called it sunset (or sunrise) they are very soft and comforatble and great for slow evening sails, (or capsize drills)I still have my 1982 sail - purple/dark blue/light blue/white... it's more comfortable than an old blanket now. I use it when doing capsize drills with my kids. Gotta get them used to getting wet early!
100541 was purchased in 82 originally by my brother, but the Hull number clearly says 81 in the year spot. 92875 I just acquired third hand and it clearly says 80 in the hull number. SO I would guess you bought your boat in 82 but it was an 81 like my "newer" boat.I remember those colors. We had a "Tequila Sunrise" Hobie sail from the same era. But I think you might have the years of your boats wrong. I had a '82 - #98079.
Your sail number is determined from your hull number.I am new on this forum and have been reading these articles with great interest. I had thought a similar question as I have three sails and three different numbers all acquired when I purchased boat.
How does one determine which number to use on sail (to avoid a preselected number) ? TIA
Well thank you for the info as that makes sense since that would provide unique number.Your sail number is determined from your hull number.
ZFS means it was a performance sailcraft boat, 86512 is the hull/sail numberWell thank you for the info as that makes sense since that would provide unique number.
And, I am guessing that I select the last five (5) numbers or as they would be the most unique. Nope.
I just checked my hull id of ZFS86512M80F, so the only five consecutive numbers would be 86512.
After taking them out of sail bag, I have looked at my 3 sails--
i) one white sail with number 86512 (all in red),
ii) one multi-colored with number 86512 (all in black)
iii) one white sail with the number 25 (black) above number 10300 (with 10 in red and 300 in black)
Any explanation for use of the red numbers as opposed to black numbers and a combination of red/black?
Thanks for that info (drwatershed).ZFS... performance sailcraft, 86512 hull/sail. The... 10300... early seventies. ... should be two colors ...last four (black) and first two (red). ...or you can just have fun the way I do....