Who can win the real race????

How long to rig your Laser? Minus dressing and yakking.

  • Old school, 10 to 15, pretty fast

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  • Old school, 20 to 25, need caffeine?

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  • Old school, 25 to 30, pay attention!

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Old school, 30 to 35, did you fall asleep?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Old school, 35+, comatose?

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    36
Thread starter #1
I have the new rigging and my current time record from standing next to teh boat with its cover on to sitting in the launched boat is 4 minutes and a few seconds. That includes fastening a wind indicator and water bottle in place. I know I will soon be able to rig in under four minutes.
Racing on the water is for novices. The real race is on land when it comes to rigging up the boat. Whats your shortest time for rigging up a Laser. When listing please state the rigging, covers, and the time begins with cover off and ends at sitting in the boat on the water.
 
#2
... the time begins with cover off and ends at sitting in the boat on the water.
XD-Style: 35 minutes,
Laser "Classic" style: 20 minutes.
If I come,to our harbor with my Laser, cartopped, and have to do all alone (without of the time for getting into my sailing-clothes): 1h15minutes.
Ciao
LooserLu

(Merrily, perhaps you add a poll, this is a great thread, but I guess, a poll with severall time-windows for how long does it keep to get into the water, would be helpful here.. Just an idea, thanks)
 

Merrily

Administrator
#3
Yeah, it often takes me over 30 minutes, but I'm not in a hurry. I enjoy taking my time with it. I voted and then added the over 35 minute option.
 
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Ross B

Guest
#4
Yea I'll take 30 minutes or more. It's no problem for me as most people where I sail take this long. I actually like taking my time, because I make sure there is nothing wrong with my boat, and I have no problems out on the water.
 
#5
I can set my laser classic up in under 4 minutes and tie all the knots right, and have everything just right. I don't have to take it off a car either. I have a float on trailer and the club has a crane so generally I can have my boat in the water and ready in about 5 minutes.
 
#8
30 minutes? Geez thats fast... takes me over an hour:
  • Pull up to the launch site, untie everything, remove the cover, find someone to help me flip the boat off the trailer onto the dolly (~5 min)
  • Take a phone call from work (~3 min)
  • Pull all the parts out of my car (~2 min)
  • Wander over and chat to the person who just showed up. (~5 min)
  • Assemble top and bottom mast, unroll sail, insert battens, put sail on spar (~1 min)
  • Explain to curious passerbyer about the laser, and that they too can join in the fun, just visit RTPLaser.com (~5 min)
  • Run mainsheet through block and tie to back of cockpit (~15 seconds)
  • Finish coffee and eat granola bar while chatting (~4 min)
  • Wander over to attend skippers meeting (~15 min)
  • Go to restroom, get changed, put on stinky boots, etc (~5 min)
  • Return to car, take another phone call (~5 min)
  • Put up mast, run rigging, attach boom, etc (~5 min)
  • Lock car, realize I left my life vest in car, unlock car, relock car (~3 min)
  • Wheel dolly down to water, dump boat in water, attach rudder, rig daggerboard (~3 min)
  • Sail away
So a mere 61 minutes & 15 seconds for me...
 

Rob B

Active Member
#9
From the point I make the decision to go to pushing the boat off the dolly is about 20 minutes, but that's from my "bat cave" style garage where the boat is on the dolly and my gear is hanging ready to go. I can run in there dress, hook the dolly to the golf cart and go.

But at the club it's the same as SailNC. Show up, unload, talk, wander around, so on, yada, yada, yada, and I'm on the water in an hour.
 
#10
Well now this must be it. When I go sailing, I'm there to sail, not to score dinner and a root, or shoot the breeze. One day I may personally inspect how Americans "sail" at clubs. Sounds like it may be more entertaining than the last time the circus came to town.

 
#11
I think there's a big difference between those who drive up with the laser on a trailer (or cartop)

vs. those who show up to find the laser already on a dolly at the club or launch site.

Road/trailer specific stuff adds 5-10 minutes to my routine.
 

Merrily

Administrator
#12
Well now this must be it. When I go sailing, I'm there to sail, not to score dinner and a root, or shoot the breeze. One day I may personally inspect how Americans "sail" at clubs. Sounds like it may be more entertaining than the last time the circus came to town.
You said "anything." You didn't limit it to sailing.
 
#17
Well now this must be it. When I go sailing, I'm there to sail, not to score dinner and a root, or shoot the breeze.
Yep thats it. I go sailing to enjoy myself. Its not a job, and you don't get extra points for showing up, not talking to anyone, and being back out of the parking lot before the first beer is opened. I like sailing, I like talking about sailing, and I like talking with sailors.

Of course, another important aspect to sailing for me is having other boats to sail with. That's where helping new sailors rig, talking to curious folks about the boat, etc. comes in. I'm willing to spend an extra 30 minutes in the parking lot if it means I've got a shot at getting another boat on the line.

That said, you really should come across the pond and see how Americans sail. We'll help you find a boat if it'll get you on the water with us. :)

And yes, personally I would rather go sailing than go to the circus, but to each their own.:D
 
#20
Hah! Now show me an American sailor who actually drinks bud!

Bud is America's Bass... it exports well, but most real drinkers drink real beer.
 
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