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    Posted: 29 Sep 19 at 12:10pm
Now the boat has been chosen for the Olympics until 2024, I just wonder if this is the opportunity to tie up the next few Olympics as well. They have time on their side.
The rig has to all intents and purposes, been pretty well sorted, especially if the spars are changed to carbon.
It is time to sort out the deck moulding. Most of us find the deck and cockpit area simply very uncomfortable, in my case to the point of changing class.
Several of our established classes have successfully brought themselves into the 21st century by doing exactly this.
Any ideas anyone?

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I think top priority at the moment will be to get builders for the current boat sorted out...
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Originally posted by andyk


It is time to sort out the deck moulding. Most of us find the deck and cockpit area simply very uncomfortable, in my case to the point of changing class.

I don't own a Laser and that was a major factor affecting the decision for me too. But I think if they do make major changes to the deck layout thet will go agains the strict one design ethos and is bound to alienate a considerable number of existing Laser sailors. And it won't persuade me to return as I am happy with the Blaze.
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The only reason the Laser still exists is that is historical numbers and as close to one design as a reasonable budget will buy you. Any major changes will destroy the class. Only change required is a simple vac form moulding to stop the mainsheet snagging the corner is, sub £1 to produce so £25 retail but everyone would buy. 

The fact that far from Olympic athletes weekend warriors come back weekend after weekend and enjoy the laser shows the appeal of a less than perfect but perfectly good design. 
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It's a good hull let down by it's 'beach boat' original concept and a too strict adherence to the one design principle. A better deck layout and some freedom of fittings to allow us short 4rses to tailor the ergonomics to our stature would have made a huge difference.
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Originally posted by andyk

Now the boat has been chosen for the Olympics until 2024, I just wonder if this is the opportunity to tie up the next few Olympics as well. They have time on their side.
The rig has to all intents and purposes, been pretty well sorted, especially if the spars are changed to carbon.
It is time to sort out the deck moulding. Most of us find the deck and cockpit area simply very uncomfortable, in my case to the point of changing class.
Several of our established classes have successfully brought themselves into the 21st century by doing exactly this.
Any ideas anyone?


You know the new all carbon rigs are not intended for adoption to replace any of the current rigs right? Plus there is the fight between LP and PSA for carbon rig supremacy as both have produced options.

The Laser/ILCA dinghy is as current with the ali bottom section and boom and carbon (or ali) top section.


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Originally posted by jeffers

Originally posted by andyk

Now the boat has been chosen for the Olympics until 2024, I just wonder if this is the opportunity to tie up the next few Olympics as well. They have time on their side.
The rig has to all intents and purposes, been pretty well sorted, especially if the spars are changed to carbon.
It is time to sort out the deck moulding. Most of us find the deck and cockpit area simply very uncomfortable, in my case to the point of changing class.
Several of our established classes have successfully brought themselves into the 21st century by doing exactly this.
Any ideas anyone?


You know the new all carbon rigs are not intended for adoption to replace any of the current rigs right? Plus there is the fight between LP and PSA for carbon rig supremacy as both have produced options.

The Laser/ILCA dinghy is as current with the ali bottom section and boom and carbon (or ali) top section.

....and the crappy deck layout and awful (antiquated) rudder.  Why change it when ready made 'better' alternatives are already out there with modern construction?
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Is it just coincidence that two of the most popular uk singlehanders are wrangling over design and build changes? Is it the sales of some of the new designs just causing panic?
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I think in the case of the Laser (which I race at club level), its a case of comparing our low value for money and rubbish rigs with the sophisticated rigs on all the other competitors.
And in the case of the Solo (which I race against a lot), its a case of the aging demographic wanting a bit more comfort in their old age.

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Originally posted by tink

The only reason the Laser still exists is that is historical numbers and as close to one design as a reasonable budget will buy you. Any major changes will destroy the class. Only change required is a simple vac form moulding to stop the mainsheet snagging the corner is, sub £1 to produce so £25 retail but everyone would buy. 

The fact that far from Olympic athletes weekend warriors come back weekend after weekend and enjoy the laser shows the appeal of a less than perfect but perfectly good design. 

It's better in quite a few objective terms than many other boats that have survived, so while the current numbers are a major strength they are not the boat's only reason for existence.
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