When focusing on tactics beating upwind the last thing you want to do is constantly check that your daggerboard isn't popping up. The Laser Daggerboard Friction Pad, MKII holds your board in place, so you don't have to. Engineered by Laser Performance, this friction pad is a must have upgrade for your Laser.
The MkII friction pad allows you to adjust the friction on your daggerboard - just slide the pad fore and aft to increase/decrease the friction on your board. The MkII's innovative design and materials make it longer lasting and more effective than the old W-shaped friction pad Laser sailors are used to.
New fasteners are included with this item and the hole spacing of this second generation friction pad match up with that of the first generation -- no new holes.
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We finally got our first shipment of the new laser parts upgrade, the Daggerboard Friction Pad here at last and all the Laser sailors on the staff are excited to get their hands on them. Without even opening the package I can already see that this friction pad will offer a big improvement over the old W daggerboard brake (really anything would be an improvement). Check out below for more pictures of this must have Laser Parts upgrade.
The blue shown is a hard plastic while the white is a more rubbery feeling material. It angles aft from top to bottom - fitting with the shape of the daggerboard. The mounting holes are oval shaped to allow you to move the friction pad fore and aft to increase/decrease the friction created. The idea is that this allows you to fine tune the friction for your particular daggerboard and setup.
Hopefully this will help eliminate the need to kick the board down between tacks as well as reducing the side to side movement when sailing in chop. Aaron in customer service is sailing a Thanksgiving Day Regatta tomorrow so look for some user feedback here on the Stern Scoop early next week. The Annapolis Laser fleet takes this Sunday off from frostbiting so I won"t use it for the first time for another week and a half.
At $19.00 we finally have a Laser upgrade that won"t break the bank. While they were a little late in launching the final product (initial feedback said they were coming out over the summer) Laser Performance now says they have plenty in stock.