Posts Tagged ‘Laser’
For a while at least the continuing legal and PR battle between Bruce Kirby, Performance Sailcraft Australia, and LaserPerformance has been well overshadowed by something that hasn’t happened to the Laser in, well, forever. It’s new development, something the Laser has been crying out for. But at nearly 6 grand (Oz$), does the Laser foiling package make any sense at all? Think about it: $6k is the cost of 5 beat up Lasers or one, nice race-ready Laser. It’s also half the cost of a good used foiling Moth.
We know there are plenty of potential customers amongst the tens of thousands of Laser owners out there; will we see an exciting new LaserFoiler Class in the next couple of years? Something that could put some pizzazz back in a boat that’s suffered from a horrible image, terrible customer service, poor quality, poor availability, legal problems, etc. etc. etc.
August 13th, 2013 by admin
Unsurprisingly, slapping foils on the most popular race boat in the world has got the Anarchists a-buzzin’. SA’er “Phil S” has a few things to add; from the thread:
I may be able to answer some questions. I know both the gurus involved and that they have been working on this proect. I have not seen any of the kit but spoke to one of these people a few days ago. This is what I understand from that conversation.
The Laser does not need any modification, not even any additional screw holes. There is an insert which is bolted through the centreboard case, into which the foil strut is inserted and which has the necessary fittings to retain the foil in place and control the angle of attack. The rudder is installed into a standard Laser rudder box. They do not rely on the Laser bent tab to retain the rudder but a snail pin through a hole as is std Laser practice at least in Aust.
It is possible to insert the foil only from the bottom but it can be slid up so that the boat can be floated in shallow water. So far they have launched the Laser, walked to shallow water, rolled the boat over to insert the foil, then sailed out to deeper water before lowering the foil and rudder to foiling depth. Both the horizontals rotate on the T joint, the wand controlling the main foil angle, but somehow the rudder foil is free to rotate until the rudder is fully down. WardI has used this main foil system on his Moth for some years.
They are very pleased with the downwind performance so far but know that upwind will be more of a challenge and are working on techniques to achieve upwind foiling. They have some experienced foiling people planning a to test ride and provide input.
This is a serious effort, they have had tooling made and will shortly be doing some serious marketting. It may not be for everyone but with so many Lasers in existance only a small percentage of owners is still a viable market.
August 8th, 2013 by admin
Could it really be possible? A kit that allows the most popular sailboat in the world to foil? We thought it was a hoax until we saw more photo evidence… Check out what Chris from PSA, at the helm of the foiling
Laser Torch Kirby sailboat, had to say: “I had it up with my 96kgs in 10 to 12 knots yesterday morning, I am sure with more practice you could get it going a little earlier, if lighter in weight for sure you can. Later afternoon session was in 15 to 18 and I was smoking for a Laser…we need to do speed tests, not done that yet, my guess yesterday was close to 20 knots.
Wanna know more? We do. Check the thread.
August 4th, 2013 by admin