These days I tend to avoid posting a direct comparison between the Laser and another class of boat because of the inevitable impression it creates that I am implying that someone else's choice of boat is inferior to mine. So before you attack this post just remember
- It's not written by me.
- Susie knows what she's talking about (even if I often don't).
- Just because some of us like Lasers doesn't mean that we don't know that they aren't for everybody.
- Personally I think it's a marvelous thing that are so many different kinds of sailing boats and so many different styles of sailing. That way we can all choose a boat that suits our interests, aptitude, and income.
Chacun à son goût!
Peter Vessella, John MacCausland and I can speak to the topic of "LESS IS MORE." I am referring to comparing and contrasting the Star to the Laser.
|more control lines than you can count||5 control lines|
|crew required||no crew required|
|trailer required||trailer optional|
|hand brake on trailer||dig your flip-flops into the gravel to stop runaway boat|
|usually mast breaks when you death roll |
(see Vince Brun death roll, 1988 Star NAs)
|mast does not break when you death roll|
|hiking strap and hiking vest required||need hiking strap only|
|more stays than you can count||no stays|
|whisker pole||no whisker pole|
|$65,000 for a new boat||$6,000 for a new boat|
|spreaders and stays constantly need adjusting for changing conditions||only need to adjust outhaul, cunningham and vang for changing conditions|
|more expensive than a 3-ring circus||more fun than a barrel of monkeys|