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    Posted: 21 Aug 07 at 8:04pm

What would you say the minimum crew weight you could get away with in a 5k be, would 130ish kg be alright?

 

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Hi Adam

according to the weight-equalisation chart for the L5000 (search around here: http://www.laser5000.lasersailing.com/)  130Kg is at the  very bottom of the  scale for the  boat. 

With such a  light-weight crew, I would not be concerned too much about the weight but  rather if  the crew would be strong enough to handle the boat in stronger  breeze  (F3-4 onwards things start getting  loaded etc).  remember, the spinniker is massive !!!

The other thing is that when capsizing, extra weight is mighty handy having  on the centre-board when righting - there's a  tall (8m) alu mast, and  a big main to act against.   If the crew's  light and inexperienced; capsizing  the 5000 will take a  lot of energy out of you.

I've been sailing  a 5000 this  summer and have had  great fun, but between me and the crew we've a modest/fair amount of weight/strength.  don't let me put you off, but I 'd say you need a bit more. 

Try  posting to the laser5000 forum (see link above)  if you have querries.

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the biggest problm on 5ks in sheet loads like fin says. The spinnaker is a real beast to sheet in anything over a force 3, i took a lass out on in a force 3 once and she couldnt sheet the kite in. although was funny watching her try
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You should let the lady drive instead!
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And struggle against the mainsheet loads instead??
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fin. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Aug 07 at 9:24am

The first time I took out my L5000 in a  blow, I discovered quite  how  heavy the loads on the main-sheet can be,  that was until I realised I had threaded the sheet through the racket the wrong way !!!! 

Still,  when sailing off the wind, it takes some  getting  used  holding/playing the  sheet, and holding the till (as well as all the extra sheet) in the  one hand when trapeezing and keep an eye on where we're going, the crew etc...

lady-driver - may be a good idea - women naturally mult-task a lot better than blokes I believe! 

 

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Hi nick...    creep...?      - I don't think so...  think you've misunderstood some harmless humour.

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Think you've misunderstood my harmless humour too!!!!

Best away from humourous remarks about lady drivers and back on thread with 5000s methinks.

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