Laser 2 Info & Links
The Laser 2 (Laser II) is a high-performance racing dinghy designed by Frank Bethwaite in 1979, in a similar fashion to the strict one design Laser dinghy. The Bethwaite family went on to design the well known and highly respected 29er & 49er classes.
Designed to be sailed by a crew of two, the lightweight hull comes readily to the plane, which makes for fast and exciting sailing, especially off the wind on a 3 sail reach. Due to it's relatively short length, it's very responsive and can be challenging to sail. Quick to rig and easy to right from a capsize, all sail controls are kept simple. Its only real downside is its poor light wind performance. It's best suited to light to medium weight crews.
The hulls and fittings are very well made and will usually last a long time. Older boats usually clean up well and the original fittings can normally be bought back into action using WD40 or silicon spray.
Several variations of the Laser 2 were produced:
Laser 2 Regatta
The Laser 2 Regatta is the racing version equipped with spinnaker and trapeze (earlier versions used bags instead of a shute). This is the standard and most common version of the Laser 2 dinghy, which was extremely popular and heavily marketed by the Laser Centre during the 1980s and early 1990s.
Laser 2 Fun
The Laser 2 Fun was designed for recreational sailing. It doesn't have a spinnaker, features brightly coloured sails, reefing points on the mainsail and a furling jib mechanism.
Laser 2 Fun New Wave
A short lived Laser 2 featuring an asymmetric spinnaker.
The Escape Expedition 14.5 was a Laser 2 hull combined with an Escape SmartRig.
The Laser 3000 is essentially a Laser 2 hull with an asymmetric rig and open, self-draining cockpit, which was introduced in 1996.
Vandercraft 3000 (V3000)
The V3000 is an improved version of the Laser 3000.
- Rules/Measurement Diagrams
|Handicap Number||1065 (2016 RYA PY List)|
|Length||4.39m / 14'5|
|Beam||1.42m / 4'8|
|Draft (daggerboard down)||1m / 3'3|
|Mast length||5.8m / 19'0|
|Main & Jib||11.52 sq m / 124 sq ft|
|Spinnaker||10.2 sq m / 110 sq ft|
Sail numbers by year
|1979||450 - 454|
|1980||455 - 1604|
|1981||1605 - 3631|
|1982||3632 - 4029|
|1983||4030 - 4905|
|1984||4043 - 4905|
|1985||4906 - 5438|
|1986||5439 - 6184|
|1987||6185 - 6582|
|1988||6583 - 7330|
|1989||7331 - 7803|
|1990||7804 - 8311|
|1991||8312 - 8660|
|1992||8661 - 9245|
|1993||9246 - 9599|
|1994||9600 - 9940|
|1995||9941 - 10039|
|1996||10040 - 10128|
|1997||10129 - 10361|
|1998||10386 - 10415|
|1999||10415 - 10499|
Taken from the rigging manual:
|Main sheet||9m||6mm||Excel Pro|
|Jib sheet||7m||8mm||Excel Marstron|
|Clew Outhaul||3.1m||6mm||Excel Pro|
|Clew tie down||0.63m||4mm||Excel Pro|
|Spinnaker sheet||13.4m||6mm||Excel Pro|
|Daggerboard retaining line||3m||5mm||Shockcord + HA75 holt clips (x2).|
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