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Originally posted by JimC

Originally posted by ballina

why Laser stopped producing it


It wasn't selling! Plus I think all the major suppliers have figured that the sales numbers are in entry level boats at the moment.

I don't think you can say 500+ boats in six years is 'not selling', though 'not selling in numbers sufficient to suit the big producers' may be correct.

The fact remains, once you've made the expensive moulds, it's a lot cheaper to chuck a load of plastic beads into the mould and heat/rotate for a bit than it is to lay-up and then stick together g.r.p. hulls and decks to make a proper boat.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote NickA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 08 at 12:39pm
Other "bugs" were:
  • it was slow up wind, especially in light wind and hard to sail to its official handicap in less than F3/4.  Fixed by the new North Jib (debatably).
  • the cockpit was cramped, especially for two adults.  Fixed by changing the vang to a gnav and moving the mainsheet block from the floor. Anyway, if one of you is out on the wire it isn't a problem.
  • it didn't look very cool - fixed by the see-through North sails
  • no free-board, you get wet.  Some people expect to sail and stay dry
  • the ropes get in a tangle on the floor ... still my biggest problem!
All the fixes can be applied to a laser boat when you're ready to do that.  The lightweight Vandercraft hull just gives it an extra zzzipppp.
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i wouldnt call those bugs, but more the character of the boat, and most can be sortedd fairly cheaply
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