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sharp thinking...

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I concur. The materials aren't intended to be permanently immersed and the boat will get very heavy. I daren't think what sailing it with all the marine growth on would be like!
I'd also worry about other people's anchors and the like.
Full marks for lateral thinking, but I don't think it will be practical.

If the problem is getting the boat easily from garage to water, can it be solved another way? Maybe a bicycle powered launching trolley with bike wheels for low friction, or will hills make that impractical?

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Sinking is a bad idea if there are good mooring or storage alternatives available.  Given the situation here in the crowded bit of Malta, buying a replacement used Laser every couple of years might be an acceptable plan.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Vronny Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Apr 15 at 9:33am
Just think of the marine life that will get into the hull through the enlarged bung hole! Are there eels in Malta harbour?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Keith Sharp Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Apr 15 at 9:50am
<<Are there eels in Malta harbour?>> Not after I've trapped them all in my Laser and had them for dinner. LOL
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Of all the crazy things I have read on here over the years, this is up there at the top!!!!

Having worked in a yacht marina during my student days and having jetted my fair share of hulls, I'd just say that this laser hull will be a total wreck in no time. Bit of warm water, shallow enough to still get light - it will be a breeding ground for sea life in no time

Never mind the anchoring hazard for other boats. Your harbour master will no doubt have a view on this........
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An advantage might be that the Maltese authorities, if they notice at all, will decide that nobody will want to copy this method. So they might not bother stopping me, even if it's illegal which is not clear.  No anchor-dragging etc hazards in the location I'm aiming for.  

For anyone who knows the Sliema, Malta, situation, do you have other ideas to avoid the 10 year wait for a mooring or a spot on land? The setup here is to give available moorings first to traditional fishermen, who might or might not genuinely use their windfall.  And then the moorings remaining are rented out at a low price, hence the non-availability for ten years. 

It seems to make sense to use the advantage that a Laser is small, can be replaced second-hand at moderate cost, and  spends half its time capsized anyway so was designed with submarines party in mind!


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Mental... The boat will be a wreck, where are you going to store the sails, foils, ropes etc whilst you are doing this!? What if a passing boat hits your laser whilst it is underwater. You might not care about the damage to your already ruined laser but they might care about the damage to their £100k sailing yacht's keel. A laser is not designed to sit on a mooring on the water. You should keep it on a launching trolley in the same place which you plan to keep your sails and spars. It isn't exactly a heavy boat to move unless you do opt for filling it with water, then it will be really heavy, you will quickly get sick of emptying it! 
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Spars etc at home 300 metres away.  No other boats where I'll sink it: pillars keep them away.  I launch-trolley pulled the 65 kg hull up the one-in-ten slope to my house on Sunday but very tough and my doctor wouldn't approve (I used to sail Lasers as a young man in 1973....). Use of an electric land tug would help but road traffic gets blocked.  So.....back to drilling holes in the transom.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ASok Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Apr 15 at 1:00pm
Well good luck to you. Can you share a few photos once you have got the new system in place?
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