Improvements to Laser Hull and Equipment

At the ALCA AGM (5th January 2020) Chris Caldecoat reported on changes now made to improve the longevity of the hull and blades and to track class legal hulls and parts of the Laser.

These changes have been in the wind with ILCA for some time.

  • Centreboards and rudders will have a clear epoxy trailing edge which will reduce chipping which happens at present due to the trailing edge being gel coated with fillers included. See photos below for examples in use at the National Championships at Sandringham.

  • Changes to the hull laminate layup to strengthen around the centreboard and the transom. These changes have been made to reduce damage not to make the boat faster or slower. As well the bailer grommet is now sealed to reduce the prospect of leaking.

  • All Lasers and equipment going forward will be fitted with a 2D bar code which will allow identification of hulls and parts traceable back to the manufacturer. See photo below. The database and arrangements are just being put in place and will apply to newly supplied equipment.