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The Class

The Class

Designed in 1971, the Laser is the most popular dinghy class in the world with well-over 200,000 registered boats worldwide. It's distinctive flat top and low height above the water was designed for carrying the dinghy on top of the car. This leaves a very small cockpit space which can put off potential owners. (Imagine sitting on your draining board with your feet in the kitchen sink.) But it's a boat with a lot going for it:

  • Strict one-design which ensures competitive racing while keeping the price down
  • Ultra-low maintenance
  • Very active National and International Association
  • Fun enough for beginners and challenging enough to be an Olympic Class
  • Planes easily giving an exciting ride on the reach
  • Strongly built and not easily damaged

Site with FAQs about Laser - includes approximate build for the baot number;

The same hull (length 4.23 m, beam 1.37 m, weight 60kg) can be used with three sizes of rig. This makes it a very suitable boat for youth sailors since, as they get bigger, it is only necessary to buy a new lower mast section and sail to move up a rig.

  • Laser full rig: 7.06 m2, - suitable for sailors over 76 kg
  • Laser Radial: 5.76 m2, - ideal for youths and lighter adults
  • Laser 4.7: 4.7 m2, - suitable for youngsters aged 12 and over


Useful YouTube link on Outhaul set up and the Clew Strap (for Clew Strap - go to 6:25 and Steve shows you how to attach).



Awaiting updates October 2019

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