Buying a Laser
Rest assured, the Laser is one of the most popular dinghy classes in the world – meaning that there is a wide market for second hand boats! Whether you’re thinking new or used, check out the website below:
Types of Lasers
Laser Standard/Full Rig
The Laser Standard sail has sail area of 7.06 m² and, especially in higher winds (15+ knots), is most competitive when sailed by a very fit, agile and muscular person weighing no less than 80 kg. The Laser Standard rig is currently the Mens’ single handed Olympic Class and is considered one of the most competitive dinghy sailing classes in the world.
Laser Radial Rig
In Europe the smaller Radial sail has surpassed the original Laser Standard sail in popularity, and replaced the Europe as the Women’s Singlehanded Dinghy for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. The Laser Radial uses the same hull and fittings as the Laser Standard, but has a smaller sail (5.7 metre), shorter lower mast section and has a different cut of sail to that of the Standard or 4.7 rigs. Optimal weight for the Radial Rig is 55kg to 76 kg. Laser Radial Rigs are sailed by both men and women and is currently the ISAF Youth Worlds single handed dinghy for both males and females.
Laser 4.7 Rig
A smaller sail plan for the Laser was developed about 20 years ago. The sail area was reduced by 35% from the Standard with a shorter pre-bent bottom mast section, allowing even lighter sailors to sail Lasers. The same formula as the Radial is maintained with the hull being identical to the Standard and Radial Laser Rigs but the sail being smaller. Optimal weight for the Laser 4.7 Rig is 45–60 kg and as such is an ideal boat for young sailors.