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post #6 of Old 01-06-2004
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Cored or NOT cored?????

Jeff H.: I certainly appreciate your posts and must say you?ve tweaked our interest in the Laser 28 that you are so fond of. By way of introduction, we are 76 years old, have been sailing on Puget Sound for the last 38 years, and managed a second and a third plus 5 firsts out of the 7 club races last fall, in a slow (PHRF 235) boat. However we are getting weary of short tacking the 420 sq ft genoa with the sheet strumming like a bass viol. (Hopefully this shameful brag helps set the stage, if not we?ll just have to claim senior privilege <grin>). In light air we do fairly well (I?m a great fan of Frank Bethwaite?s ?High Performance Sailing?, especially the micro-meteorology portions), but when the wind pipes up over 15 knots the two of us can no longer really manage the 30-foot, 9800# boat competitively. Hence, the attraction of the Laser 28 as you have described it, particularly the easily driven hull and the ability to stand up to a blow. When cruising, we occasionally cross the Straits of Juan de Fuca and too often get caught in the ebb current against a fresh westerly. Confidence in the boat?s integrity is a must! We don?t mind the rail dipping if it must, but we don?t want it to stay there.

You have mentioned its superior construction features, but that the boat requires considerable skipper skill. Was this in regard to getting the most out of the boat in competitive performance or to insure safety in challenging conditions? Also will the boat heave to and behave itself? And lastly, will hull strength allow it stand, laterally secured, on its keel against a seawall for bottom maintenance without ''oil caning''?

Thanks for any opinion and Happy New Year, George
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