The design brief that Bruce Kirby received from Ian Bruce for what eventually became the Laser was for a recreational craft that urban Canadians could take up to their cottages and day sail on the myriad of Northern lakes that dot Canada. It was to be an updated Sunfish, using a hull developed from Bruce Kirby's International 14 designs, a simple Marconi rig on slotted alunimum tubes, very simple controls using stock and often plastic fittings. It was truly about the minimum you could get away with in a small sailing dinghy using a conventional rig. The original name of the class was Weekender, to reflect it's recreational emphasis. it quickly became apparent that the Laser was a very quick and exciting racing dinghy.... and there became the rub.
So as of today, what MORE do you need to add to the Laser to race it properly;
- Laser Vang upgrade $278 USD
- Cunningham and Lines upgrade $298 USD
- Clew Sleeve $49.5 USD
- Carbon Low Profile Tiller $200 USD
- Carbon Tiller Extension $105 USD
For a grand total of $936.51 of MORE stuff to race this craft.
Mind you, any experienced Laser racer will tell you all this stuff makes the Laser easier to sail and more enjoyable to race. So this MORE is good but it is not LESS.
Oh, don't forget the following when you buy a Laser;
- Dolly $580 USD
- Padded Hiking Straps $28 USD
- Hiking Pants $129 USD
And maybe a compass $300 USD, Dry Suit $700 ..................