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Old 07-15-2011
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The standard Laser is a great boat and is easily handled by one, or two people of modest size/weight (better in higher winds).
On the other hand you could always sail the Laser 2 with just the main when you go out solo at first. Learn to tack both sails at once while soloing and lose the jib when the wind picks up or whatever survival strategy you come up with.
Both of them are great boats.

Does the Laser 2 you are looking at have the trapeze lines to the mast for hiking out? If so you'll need a harness to hook into the trapeze. The Laser 2 is quite a bit more 'technical' then the standard Laser with more gear and rigging.

There is something nice about a simply rigged boat that is easy to set up and break down.
Your money, your life and your choice. Have fun with it.

Disclosure: I have only sailed the standard Laser (non racing set up) and have wanted to try out a Laser II.
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