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Old 31-03-2013, 13:31   #16
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If you want a fast sailboat get a windsurfer. It's faster than the Laser, stores on deck much better, and weighs a lot less.

If you must have a Laser find someone with a boat to experiment with fitting it on and see for yourself how hard this is going to be to make work if you don't believe people here. Or get the deck plan of the boat you think you'll have, make a scale cut out of a Laser and see where it fits.
Thanks! The windsurf idea is actually a great one! I'm also starting to research an even lighter alternative... Kite surfing!
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Old 31-03-2013, 13:33   #17
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Long overdue thank you, that was exactly what I was looking for! It does seem a bit bulky to carry around the 38-44 ft boats I'm looking at... I'll be researching other fun fast sail related sports that I can do to keep the cruising lifestyle fast paced
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Old 31-03-2013, 13:48   #18
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Re: Laser boat on a cruiser

Wow a Laser on davits with a large breaking following sea.......that should give you all the adventure you are seeking.
Also would suggest Googling "Kite Boarding Accidents" prior to taking up that sport.
Suggest sticking with Windsurfing of simply buy a Open 40 for cruising, then you would have the best of both worlds.
Also there are the mulihulls but I will leave that for now.
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Old 31-03-2013, 15:41   #19
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Re: Laser boat on a cruiser

+1 on kitesurfing. Learning involves a lot of drunken and snorted seawater and being tossed around like a rag doll. But once you get the hang of it, you'll never take the windsurfer out again and the laser will seem like a portland pudgy.
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Old 31-03-2013, 15:52   #20
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Re: Laser boat on a cruiser

G'Day mate,

"C'mon, nobody has a laser or similar sailboat on their cruiser? I find that so hard to believe..."

Well, we've been cruising since 1986 and have never seen an off-shore cruising boat with a Laser on board. Not one...

So, you might well believe it!

The kite board solution is much more practical, if you are young and fit.

Have a ball.

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Old 31-03-2013, 16:14   #21
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I've towed a Laser on inland waters for 10 years or so, when the Laser was for sailing and the 32' sailboat just for sleeping Laser 34139 that was me
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Old 02-04-2013, 19:43   #22
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Google Holand Marine Products and go to the pictures page of the web site there are pics of his 36' CS Merlin. It can and has been done
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Old 02-04-2013, 20:39   #23
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Google Holand Marine Products and go to the pictures page of the web site there are pics of his 36' CS Merlin. It can and has been done
Yes the picture in post #12 illustrates quite well that something that CAN be done doesn't mean that it's a good idea to do it. Though protected waters, and a complete awareness of something wider than your boat back there when you're around docks, it's something you can get away with.
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:12   #24
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Re: Laser boat on a cruiser

Hi take a 2 part sailing dinghy . i have a nice one, approx 30 kg, total lenght 2.9 m, 2 parts which fits nicly on the foredeck with 5 sqm sail. ok it is not planning but nice and very practical for sailing, outbord and rowing. takes 2 and 50 kg luggage.
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Old 08-04-2013, 15:47   #25
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Re: Laser boat on a cruiser

I actually like the idea so long as you sling it from davits. But take a look at other small dinghys.

Off hand:

Moth - if you really like speed. But they are hard to sail.
Musto Performance skiff - rocket ship fast, but lighter than a laser.
Butterfly scow -
Cherub

Basically I would be looking for one man sailing skiffs. Ideally either a development class, or strict one design. The development class since there are cheap boats just a few years out of competition, and the strict OD since you could race them anywhere.
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