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Question Identification, Pic of Small boat, what is it??

Attached is a pic of a small sale boat, not even sure yet on it size, brand, type, all I know is this pic, I would like to find out what class, brand and any other info anyone can give me about this boat, before I drive 50 miles in Stop and go traffic to go pick it up for my kids.

I have larger / cleaner pic, but my ftp sites not working or something, and file sizes are 75K for this forum.. if you want larger pic.. i can email it to you.

Thanks in advance for any and all info on this little sail boat.

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Great boat... it's a Laser... Though I've never seen one with a grass daggerboard before!!

It's a powerful little boat in a breeze... how old/big are your kids?
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Like Faster said a great boat, but I hope your kids are experienced sailors. They can be pretty tippy; not really a good boat to learn on.
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kids are just about to turn (in the next two months) 8, 10, and 11,
I let my 10, and 11 year olds sail the hobie 14 as long as they are together, dont trust them with a hobie 16 yet, and no where ready for a hobie 18. was thinking about siging them up with a opti class this summer.

I also have a 17 year old son, that is a bit shy after I showed him how fast you can loose it in a hobie 18, LOL all or nothing. LOL

Well i have chance to get this free.. if I want to come pic it up, she said it needs some work and the mast needs work, and dont think it has sails either.

is it worth, what would sails cost and what kind of maintace do you think this small thing would need.

also what do I need to pick this up with, do I need a trailer or what??

btw thanks for the fast reply
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It can be cartopped... Sails are available anywhere, just google "International Laser" and browse... Bare boat is worth around $1K I reckon.
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Well no roof rack on hummer, soft top on jeeps, thats leave me with a short 6' short bed truck, think I could use that. mybe tail gate down, makes 7 feet, stick out some, or leave tail gate up.


unless there anyone in the clearwater, St pete Florida area that can help me out.
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Two people could cartop it. It's about 130lbs IIRC.

Laser has a big following. There's probably some specific forums for them where you might be able to get some used rigging.

Look here for an idea of cost for new stuff:
Laser Sailing Direct - Laser Boats, Sails and Parts - Offering a complete line of Laser parts, hardware and supplies for the Laser sailboat.
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An old laser is a great boat for your kids to learn on. It's a dingy, of course it's 'tippy' and relies on human ballast. Keep it in light air (0-5 knots of breeze) as it can be a handful for even an adult when it gets windy. If you want to become a better sailor, you'll be taking it away from them for yourself as well! Have fun!
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As long as no big problems with the hull itself, grab it and run! If your kids aren't quite ready for it yet, they will be within a year or two. In a breeze, you need, say, 120-170lbs crew to get her upwind. But you could accomplish this with *two* kids.

Man, a free Laser?? Do it, and later on after you've had a ball with it, you'll wonder why you ever questioned whether you should...
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I have never seen a Laser that put down roots! But that is a great boat. I "think" you can find a kids sail, that might make it a bit more kid friendly.
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