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There is nothing like a Laser. If you are reading this page, you already know that. But just in case, below you will find descriptions from Wikipedia and from Practical Sailor.
The hull is solid but has had some repairs. The sail, blades, and spars are in excellent condition, and clearly they are a lot newer than the boat.
This boat will give you 100% of the fun of a new boat, at a fraction of the price. Today, new Lasers start at $6990, replacement sails start at $600, rudders and boards at around $450.
A trailer is available for $150. It's an older one. It works fine, and will get you from here to there.
The Laser, is a highly popular family of small one-design sailing dinghies using the same common hull and interchangeable rigs with different sail areas. The laser is designed to be sailed single handed although class rules permit two sailors. Bruce Kirby designed the laser in 1970 with an emphasis on simplicity and performance.
The Laser is one of the most popular yacht classes in history. As of 2018, there are more than 215,000 boats worldwide. It is an international class with sailors in 120 countries, and an Olympic class since 1996. A commonly cited reason for its popularity is that it is robust and simple to rig and sail, while also providing very competitive racing due to the very tight class association controls which eliminate differences in hull, sails and equipment.
The Laser hull can be fitted with different interchangeable rigs with varying sail area and similar parts. This allows for a wide range of sailors to sail and compete in a range of wind conditions despite the laser's small ideal crew weight range for a given rig. Three rigs are recognised by the International Laser Association: original Laser standard with a sail area of 7.06 m²; the Laser Radial with a sail area of 5.76 m²; and the Laser 4.7 with a sail area of 4.7 m². Other 'Laser' branded boats with different designs are also available. Examples include the Laser 2 and Laser Pico.
The Laser's hull is made out of Glass Reinforced Plastics. The deck has a foam layer underneath for strength and buoyancy. The daggerboard is removable for storage and transport. The dinghy is manufactured by independent companies under license in different parts of the world, including Performance Sailcraft Australia (Oceania) and Performance Sailcraft Japan.
From Practical Sailor
Never in their wildest dreams did Bruce Kirby and Ian Bruce imagine that the Weekender (the Laser’s original name) was destined to become an Olympic class sailboat and one of the most popular springboards for top-tier sailors in the world today. Originally envisioned as a car-topper for weekend campers, the cat-rigged, low freeboard sailing dinghy morphed from its original roots into a boat favored by college competitors and revered by generations of agile sailors of all ages. Even frostbiting winter sailors have locked onto the Laser.
A trailer is available for $150. It's an older one. It works fine, and will get you from here to there
NOTE: Sailing picture is a stock pic..
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