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Apr 12, 2017, 08:34 PM
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Take the clip off the boom and very gently squeeze with a pair of pliers. A slight decrease in diameter should make the clip secure.
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Apr 13, 2017, 04:41 PM
Have you been successful with that. I am thinking making it out of round will not increase the grip. Reducing the dia. while keeping it round sounds impossible without rewrapping it around a smaller mandril.
Apr 13, 2017, 04:47 PM
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You can just squeeze the the ends, which will make it tighter. I haven't tried it myself, but this was passed along to me from the designer....
Apr 13, 2017, 05:09 PM
Pleas tell the designer to redesign the clips. They are not a good fit to the booms.
Apr 19, 2017, 11:31 PM
Sailor and Radio Ham
What I have found is that the newer slides with the closed ears slip more than the older slides with the straight wires on the ends. The theory was that there would be no way for a line (sheet line or control line) to become stuck on the closed loop sliders. But, when a line does get into the closed loop slides (and it will) it is there until manually removed. With the straight wire slides, there is a chance of the line coming off the slide while on the water. Putting balls on the straight wires also tend to hold a line captive.
In my opinion the closed loop slides should be not permitted in the fleet because of their captive nature. It is not fair to boat that can be caught by another boat's boom and eliminated from a race.
Since the closed ones are already widely delivered with some boats and distributed by dealers, we are stuck with them being in the fleet. The next possible solution is to require sailors at big regattas to apply tape around the sliders so no one other boat's line can snag the slider and become disabled.
Last edited by RCLaser03; May 12, 2017 at 10:15 PM.
Apr 20, 2017, 10:22 AM
Good points all. Poor fit and snagging are problems to be solved.
We need better slides.
Anyone from Intensity, or the Laser manufacturer listening?
Apr 28, 2017, 11:57 AM
Sailor and Radio Ham
Apparently not listening.

I have been able to make the diameter smaller by using two pairs of vice grips while removed from the boom. I basically hold both "ears" (ends) and wind the spring tighter. it is tricky to do, but does maintain the roundness and slightly decreases the relaxed diameter.

Some guys put tape around the clips on the boom, but this seems to me to violate the class rules. But then again, I can not get a straight answer from the Class whether the earless clips are legal since they are not provided "out of the bag".
May 01, 2017, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by RCLaser03

Some guys put tape around the clips on the boom, but this seems to me to violate the class rules. But then again, I can not get a straight answer from the Class whether the earless clips are legal since they are not provided "out of the bag".
Rule 3.A.4 states "Running rigging may be of any material that replicates its original function" -- I would take that to mean that you can have any type of clip as long as it used in a manner that does not differentiate functionally from the original out of the bag clips. Clips are considered running rigging.
May 05, 2017, 03:57 PM
Sailor and Radio Ham
Interesting interpretation of "running rigging". So I guess, by extension, tape on the boom to prevent clip slippage could be considered part of the running rigging?

I always thought of it as limited to the Sheet Line and its clip(s) (if any)and the Sheet Control Line and any springs on that line (if any). I guess one could say that the clips are part of the "running rigging" since they move for adjustment of the sail.

Can the winch drum be considered part of the "running rigging" since it adjust the sail?
May 05, 2017, 04:11 PM
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May 29, 2017, 12:54 PM
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Orlando area RC Lasers

Anyone in the Orlando FL area with an RC Laser interested in doing some racing on weekends?
May 29, 2017, 08:17 PM
anyone near Houghton Lake Michigan?
Jul 24, 2017, 11:25 PM
Driven by Passion!
My two brothers-in-law and I have just purchased three (3) new RC Lasers. We are located in Orange County, CA area. We are looking to sail at El Dorado Park in Long Beach or Mason Park in Irvine. If there are any other RC Laser sailors in the Orange County area, say hello!

Just put the hull strips on, putting on the sail numbers and USA next. Changed the Main Sheet line and put on a safety pin on the Rudder. Finally, I tied on a downhaul. I think I will put tape on the boom to keep the boom sliders in place.

I am expecting to go by Mason Park on Sunday to see the Dragon Force boat race.

Looking forward to sailing this weekend.

Dana Pt Dave
Last edited by Dana Pt Dave; Jul 24, 2017 at 11:50 PM.
Jul 25, 2017, 12:03 AM
Driven by Passion!

RC Laser fine tuning

Question - are the two rods on the rudder adjustable? I tried to true up my rudder alignment but the white plastic joiners were very hard to move.


Dana Pt Dave
Jul 25, 2017, 12:21 AM
a.k.a. Bob Parks
By your pictures, it appears that the rods would have to be removed from either the servo horn or the rudder horn, before loosening the lock nut and adjusting the threaded rod in the white coupler.

FYI, I do not own a Laser.


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