Laser Club Boat Rigging

All the Club Lasers should be the same – there will only be 3 control lines to connect. Of course that means there are only 3 control lines to disconnect after sailing: Quick eh !

(The only thing that changes if you swap to a radial is…remove the kicker from the long mast, reconnect it to a shorter mast base. ) Just note that the kicker rarely needs removing – so if you arent switching masts, leave it alone

1. Once you’ve chosen your sail (radials are now coded blue) & got it on the mast & into the mast step, put the boom onto the gooseneck. At the other end, clip the sail onto the hook at the end of the boom. It will lokk like it wont hold – but it does. And when you come back to shore, loosen all the control lines (kicker, outhaul) and you can just “flick” it off with a thumb

2. Back to the mast end now, and attach the shackle to the mast at the top of the gooseneck. Its a screw that goes thru the hole in the gooseneck – just one side.

3. Finally, run the downhaul through the sail & clip the loop on the end to the carabina that’s on the top of the kicker.

4. The downhaul is best rigged to one side only of the  boom. In practice, unless its a new sail and the wind is howling – that wont make much difference. But its a good habit to get into & keeps the lines clear of the outhaul

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5. Make sure the rudders tiller / tiller assembly is underneath the “horse” so the traveller can go from side to side

6. If you ever need to re thread the mainsheet thru the block on the end of the boom, use a figure 8 – and keep it on the “mast side”. This helps the mainsheet run better – and you can pull the boom “block to block”

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7. Ideally, use the grass patch near the club to roll the sail from the top before laying it on the boat. Make sure to roll it in line with the battens. this helps extend the life of the sails by keeping sand away & preventing lots of creasing.