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Jeff HELP : Laser 28
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In many ways a Laser 28 would be a good boat in the light air conditions. I raced mine as a couples boat and it was great in that role. Laser 28''s are easy to tow being 4100 lbs vs the J-30''s 7500, and the Laser is a legal width as well. In a breeze the Laser takes a bit more skill and an understanding how to ''shift gears'' but the nice thing is that all of the tools are there to do so quickly on the fly.
knowing that you owned a laser for many years made me thing to look closer ( versus the J 30 )
here a few observations, please correct me if I am wrong and add as much info as you can to it.
Lasers are more available in Canada than here in the states.
Not as many lasers were built ( ??? no idea ) but there seem to be very much less for sale that J 30''s
Sure the phref is even lower but a J 30 with oversized No 1 gets hit 8 points and is very close.
Most races are in light wind ( meaning I need the large No 1 on the J 30 , versus the regular No 1 on the Laser )
Laser is much lighter, and not as beamy, meaning I can somehat pull her ( short distances with a 6 cyl Jeep Grand CHrokee ???)
Lasers go for about the lower end of the asking price for 5 year older J 30s and usually have a trailer with that price.
( $ 20.000 )
The motor in a laser is a bukh ??? and not very nice ??? versus Yanmar
You can surf with the chute up ( Did you ever ??? or even a lot ??? ) I guess if I want to try to get me a few more guys onto the boat.
Lasers are somewhat simpler inside, but not by much. both are not cruising boats with all amenities.
Laser has a nicer cockpit, where you can sit better than the J 30 ( important for the wife''s back )
Now the tricky ones. Most lasers are Kevlar, but at one time the did the deck in glass, and later the whole boat .... when did that happen, as I would prefer a full kevlar boat ( because of ??? lighter weight and no blisters or wet decks ?? )
Lasers look better because they dont have a dinghy rudder.... well Thats really only in my head, but the J30 looks dull from behind.... I think ...lol
You know of any for sale ??? I am in the midwest, but willing to travel, especially, if you tell me its a good boat ....
( Dinner on me, if its in your neck of the woods )
Did I forget to ask something ??