I’m sure many of the Laser sailors out there have heard about the new Laser blades being made. A while back the Laser class had approved these new glass blades and I know I’ve heard rumors of people in the US getting blades from Australia. Well the wait is finally over, we will now have proper GRP Laser Daggerboard Blades and GRP Laser Rudder Blades available to everyone in the US.
I have to say I was really impressed with the blades when I saw them. They’re super smooth and glossy, definitely a vast improvement over the previous generation.
Compared to my old blades these new GRP blades are as smooth as a pig dipped in Teflon (thanks to former Stern Scoop writer Chris for that witty comparison). The tips of the blades definitely feel like they would hold up better over time. Hopefully this means repairing a daggerboard tip with epoxy and some paper clips will become a dead art form.
What Laser Performance has this to say about them:
The new blades are made with the most sophisticated composite manufacturing process available for this type of component… Our new blades are class approved and are designed for increased durability. Since they are fiberglass construction with a foam core, the trailing edges and tips are far more durable than the old blades where breakage in this area was common. The finish is excellent…
You can see at the right that the new blades have a totally different style to the top as well as a new stopper with a fancy Laser Performance logo on it. I can’t unscrew the stopper, at least not without damaging it, so at least we know these babies will stay put. However, should you somehow manage to damage it and need a replacement, we’ve got you covered with a Daggerboard Stop Set.
Check out our follow up post for more details on the New GRP Laser BLades