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Laser Dolly Options and How to Assemble Them | Expert Advice

  Looking for a Laser dolly? Not sure which one is right for you and for that matter, how the heck do you assemble them? Well, have no fear, we’ve got two great options to choose from and we’ll get to the assembling part a little later. What are your dolly options? When it comes to One Design Dollies there are two main brands to choose from; the Seitech Laser Dolly and the Dynamic Laser Dolly.  Both are well constructed with lightweight […]

 

Looking for a Laser dolly? Not sure which one is right for you and for that matter, how the heck do you assemble them? Well, have no fear, we’ve got two great options to choose from and we’ll get to the assembling part a little later.

What are your dolly options?

When it comes to One Design Dollies there are two main brands to choose from; the Seitech Laser Dolly and the Dynamic Laser Dolly.  Both are well constructed with lightweight aluminum extrusions, solid polypropylene joints and rust free stainless steel hardware. Each easily breaks down into transportable pieces and reassembles in under a minute. Which brand you choose to go with really just comes down to your personal preferences on a few unique details.

What are the main differences between Dynamic Dollies and Seitech?

Availability?

Dynamic Dollies was founded in May of 2013 by a trio of Laser sailing enthusiasts and experienced entrepreneurs.  Among the founding members was Peter Seidenberg, who also founded and ran Seitech Marine Products until the sale of the company in the early 2000s. Marine retailers and sailors alike showed significant demand for Seidenberg’s previous product, but long lead times other availability issues from the current manufacturer brought the product line to a stand still by the end of the first decade of 2000.  Since 2013 Dynamic Dollies has filled the void and done everything Seitech did and more!  Super fast lead times, superb quality, and great customer support.  Seitech dollies are not readily available these days, but we still try and keep them in stock.

You will notice a difference between way in which the boat sits on the webbing strap.  Both offer a sling to cradle the aft of the dinghy, but the Seitech has the addition of upright stabilizing brackets. This allows some of the boat’s weight to rest on it’s gunwale rather than putting all of its weight on the hull during storage.
The Dynamic has molded tie down eyes for securing your boat to the dolly on each sling bracket and the bow, while the Seitech does not.
         
Dynamic Dollies offer a unique Trailer Hitch add-on option. This hitch isn’t meant for speeding your dinghy down the highway but it can certainly make things easier when you need to lug your Laser all over the marina, or down to the next club over.
Dynamic has another towing option – the bicycle adapter kit.  Two your boat with your bike and disconnect the kit from the dolly when you have to move the dolly by hand.
 
Last but not least, the most important difference between the two is that Seitech Dollies come with a Yellow Sling, and Dynamic Dollies come with a Red Sling! ..I’m only kidding, this is certainly not an important difference, but ooooh Red!
Dynamic Dollies Boxed Dolly

Assembly How To

The initial construction of ether dolly can be a bit daunting, and it may take some time, but we’re here to help you through it. Grab your Phillips head screwdriver (the only thing you’ll need for assembly).  Dollies have step by step instructions includes.  Watch our video and we will show you how it is done.

How to Make a Handle for Sailboat Control Lines | Expert Advice

Too hot to handle, too cold to hold. They called the Ghostbusters and they’re in control. Bobby Brown sure knew about lyrics, and handling business but I’m guessing he didn’t know much about making a control line handle for performance sailboats. Thankfully, I know a bit more about that subject, well, the control line subject that is.. Making a braided control line handle is easier than you may think and super useful for any control line that you want to grip quickly and […]

Too hot to handle, too cold to hold. They called the Ghostbusters and they’re in control. Bobby Brown sure knew about lyrics, and handling business but I’m guessing he didn’t know much about making a control line handle for performance sailboats.
Thankfully, I know a bit more about that subject, well, the control line subject that is..
control line handle

Making a braided control line handle is easier than you may think and super useful for any control line that you want to grip quickly and easily.  It also helps the line from getting tangled.

I’ve seen this braided method of finishing a Line used everywhere from the trip line on a big boat spin pole to a Laser Cunningham or Outhaul. Learn this easy method and you will be able to grip smaller diameter lines with confidence and rig and de-rig with ease.

How to Install Laser Deck Hardware | Expert Advice

Learning how to install Laser deck hardware is a breeze. Just grab you Marine Silicone, your deck hardware of choice like the ones found in this Laser Cunningham/Outhaul Power Pack Kit and you’ll be back on the water sailing in no time. When you get a brand new baby Laser dinghy, you will find that the Cam Cleat and Plate deck hardware has not yet been installed. These parts are included with your rigging package along with the screws needed for installation. If you’re upgrading […]

Learning how to install Laser deck hardware is a breeze. Just grab you Marine Silicone, your deck hardware of choice like the ones found in this Laser Cunningham/Outhaul Power Pack Kit and you’ll be back on the water sailing in no time.

When you get a brand new baby Laser dinghy, you will find that the Cam Cleat and Plate deck hardware has not yet been installed. These parts are included with your rigging package along with the screws needed for installation.

If you’re upgrading your Laser to the control system that was first made class legal in 2001, you’ll need to install the block plate and cleat plate. If your boat is older and has the traditional Cunningham bullseye and clam cleat, you’ll need to remove these two pieces by simply backing out the self-tapping screws. You can then use these same screws to install your new hardware.

Here’s what you’ll to install Laser deck hardware:
– 3M Marine Grade Silicone Sealant
– Phillips Head Screwdriver
– 4 #8 Screws (1-1/2″)

How to Apply Laser Sail Numbers | Expert Advice

Laser Sail Number Placement: The Do’s and Don’ts and what you need to know. You may or may not know this but when it comes to laser sail numbering there are a handful of specific rules you need to follow for your Laser Sail to be considered class legal. In order for your sail to be class legal for any international event the sail number will need to be the right colors, in the right color order, the right size, […]

Laser Sail Number Placement: The Do’s and Don’ts and what you need to know.

You may or may not know this but when it comes to laser sail numbering there are a handful of specific rules you need to follow for your Laser Sail to be considered class legal.

In order for your sail to be class legal for any international event the sail number will need to be the right colors, in the right color order, the right size, the right spacing, and well, you get the idea. Thankfully, you found this post and we are here to guide you along the way, every last millimeter of it..

First off, find yourself a class legal sail and class legal sail numbers. Done? Ok good, on to the next part.

Use this custom crafted APS Instructions for Applying Sail Number PDF for a detailed step by step guide for applying Laser, Laser Radial, and Laser 4.7 sail numbers.

There are no fancy tools needed, but a yard stick, a pen or pencil, and a 1 ft. ruler will come in handy.

Watch the video below featuring our Boat Sail Function Owner, John Maloney, to grab some extra tips, and to see the process in action from start to finish.

Two notes: we kind of apologize for the tape gun that keeps going off during the video. We filmed this right next to our Shipping Department and these gosh darn youngsters have no respect for folks trying to film a video for a moderately viewed niche blog. “We have to get customer’s orders out!”, they cried. Oh well, we tried…

Also, around the 4:20 mark, Jarrett starts moaning in the background like a choking walrus to throw John off his game — John has none of it. He’s a pro… you hear me? Pro.

How to Rig Opti Pennant Plugs and Sail Ties | Expert Advice

UPDATE: Now with HD video instructions! See below. So you have your shiny new Gold Anodized Opti Pennant Plug ready to go, but just need a little help adding the new bling to your opti race mast? No worries, we’re here for you every step of the way to look over your shoulder and critique your every move… or we could just give you a few tips to get it done. So here we go.. First order of business: Grab some Opti […]

UPDATE: Now with HD video instructions! See below.

So you have your shiny new Gold Anodized Opti Pennant Plug ready to go, but just need a little help adding the new bling to your opti race mast? No worries, we’re here for you every step of the way to look over your shoulder and critique your every move… or we could just give you a few tips to get it done. So here we go..

First order of business:

Grab some Opti Sail Tie Line and run it through the long open slot on the side of each pennant plug and center the line.
Opti Pennant Plug with sail tie line

Next

Take the plug and place it in the hole with the circular opening on the plug entering last. Allow the line to be pushed in to the mast hole with the plug. Once both plugs have been
pushed in, take a look down in the mast to make sure the circular openings are lined up with each other.
Opti Pennant Plug in Mast with sail tie

and then..

Take the your Optimist Wind Indicator and seat it in the openings in the plugs on the inside of the mast.
Opti Pennant Plug with wind indicator

and then..

Run the line ends through the open grommet at the top of the Luff of the sail and lash to the mast.Opti Pennant Plug full set up

and then..

Step back, admire your handy work, and then hit the water.

Check out the video above below to see the work in action.
Star Rigging Perth Style feature image

Star Sailboat Custom Running Rigging Upgrades | Expert Advice

Former APS employee Ian Coleman is down in Perth, Western Australia getting ready for the ISAF Worlds. Racing with Andrew Campbell in the Star Fleet, the skipper and crew want to do well.  If they do, they will have the opportunity to represent the US in the London Olympics in summer 2012. Sailing at such a high level all the time wreaks havoc on rigging. For example, Ian estimates all of the Star’s running rigging needs to be replaced twice a […]

Former APS employee Ian Coleman is down in Perth, Western Australia getting ready for the ISAF Worlds. Racing with Andrew Campbell in the Star Fleet, the skipper and crew want to do well.  If they do, they will have the opportunity to represent the US in the London Olympics in summer 2012.

Sailing at such a high level all the time wreaks havoc on rigging. For example, Ian estimates all of the Star’s running rigging needs to be replaced twice a year, which for them means 2-3 major events including at least 1 week (often times more) of practice leading up to each event…  Most of these events take a week or more.  To make a long story short – let’s just say, this isn’t your grandmother’s rigging.

To be sure all their rigging is up to the task for the big event, Ian worked to put together some control lines, sheets, and running rigging for the boat. Here’s what he came up with:

Fine Tune Backstay 5:1 and Checkstay 4:1

Ian used two colors of 1/4″ Marlow Excel Fusion, Harken Hardware, and custom made DSL Attachments to make these examples of the Star’s control lines. Excel Fusion was chosen because it’s easy on the hands. We’re not sure if skipper Andrew Campbell wears gloves – but if he goes au naturel, we know why this is a top choice line for him.  If feels that good.  It also has low stretch, low creep – and is strong.

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Runner Tail

Maffioli DSK-75 Race PC was chosen for the runner tail because of it’s low stretch. It also runs really well – it comes off the reel pretty stiff and has less of a tendency to hockle.

Sailing Accessories: Hats and Sunglasses, An Opti-MUST Have Item

Hats and Sunglasses for Opti Sailors | Expert Advice

Sailing Accessories like Hats and Sunglasses are a MUST for sailors and Opti-MUST sailors alike With the summer season winding down and only a a few weeks left before schools are back in session we can be comforted by the thought that the regatta calendar is not completely done for the year. If you’re like me and happen to have made the mistake of enjoying summer time sailing without one of the most important Sailing Accessories (i.e. head wear) then you […]

Sailing Accessories like Hats and Sunglasses are a MUST for sailors and Opti-MUST sailors alike

With the summer season winding down and only a a few weeks left before schools are back in session we can be comforted by the thought that the regatta calendar is not completely done for the year. If you’re like me and happen to have made the mistake of enjoying summer time sailing without one of the most important Sailing Accessories (i.e. head wear) then you might have occasionally find your skin resembling the color of a lobster.

With this sometimes painful mistake in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to start our Opti-MUST Have Guide with a focus on one of the most important pieces of Opti hardware you can have on the water, yer noggin!

Annapolis Performance Sailing Hats

First step, get a HAT!

Necessity Scale: 7 out of 10 (Highly Recommended/Not exactly mandatory)

Good news: APS makes cool hats that will fit any head (not just juniors’) and stocks various styles made by Patagonia, Musto, Zhik, and Outdoor Research.

Bad News:Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Hat Clips for Optimist Dinghy Sailors Occasionally, your opti sailor might be faced with a tough decision I call “The optional 360” when their favorite hat gets knocked off their head into the water during a race. To lose precious time, circle, and retrieve? Or not…

Best News: We sell hat clips, too. You have a few options in that department. Have a quick brows through our Hats category to the a look.

Recommended Name Brand: The Musto Waterproof Performance Cap is by far one of the most comfortable hats on the market. In addition, it is completely waterproof.

Personal recommendation:

  • Hat clips are very effective.
  • Any hat will do as long as it provides shade to your face so your nose won’t blister up and peel.
  • APS branded hats are comfortable on your head and good for your wallet as they typically sell for 25% less than most other Name-Brand hats.

 

Annapolis Performance Sailing Sunglasses

Next up SUNGLASSES

Necessity Scale: 9 out of 10 (Put it this way, I would never go sailing without some sort of eye protection, but there’s always sailing with your eyes closed… Looking at glare off the water is basically the same as looking at the sun through a mirror.)

Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Polaroid Lenses in Gill SunglassesGood News: Gill Sunglasses are an affordable choice with some designs made specifically for junior sailors. Not only are they polarized with lenses produced by Polaroid (who might know a thing or two about lenses), they are under $70.00! This means the glasses will actually fit an opti sailor’s face/head properly, which means that gravity is not going to cause you to have to get another pair of sunglasses ever again.

Bad News: Unfortunately, sometimes opti sailors find super special ways to take their sunglasses off with out using their hands. This will oftentimes mean the sunglasses have been launched out of the boat and into the water if my experiences have taught me properly. If they don’t go in the water, they somehow end up in 10+ pieces the second they hit the deck.

Best News: Gill had all the bad news in mind, and they made their sunglasses super durable….and they FLOAT.

Annapolis Performance Sailing APS Croakies on SunglassesPersonal Recommendation: No matter how well your sunglasses may float, or how well they protect your eyes, your sunglasses will do you know good if that flew off your head at the last mark rounding. Cover your bases and get a pair of Croakies. They are always a good idea.

APS One Design Pre-Spec’d Rigging

J/24 Pre-Spec’d Running Rigging Examples | Expert Advice

APS outfits a range of One Design boats from keelboats like the Melges 24 and Sonar to dinghies like the Optimist and Thistle. Every class has rules about rigging – and the APS Rigging Department has put together class legal packages for sheets, control lines, and halyards. What does this mean for you? No measurements! Pre-Spec’d means pre-specified – you just pick your favorite line. Check out what our riggers did for a J/24 last week: Annapolis This topping lift […]

APS outfits a range of One Design boats from keelboats like the Melges 24 and Sonar to dinghies like the Optimist and Thistle. Every class has rules about rigging – and the APS Rigging Department has put together class legal packages for sheets, control lines, and halyards.

What does this mean for you? No measurements! Pre-Spec’d means pre-specified – you just pick your favorite line. Check out what our riggers did for a J/24 last week:

Annapolis
This topping lift has been constructed using Samson MLX. This is a good Dyneema SK-75/Polypro blended line that along with low stretch boasts a great feel in the hand. Also, the coated core in this line allows for your to strip the cover to save on weight – though, that doesn’t effect this application. A Wichard Standard Snap/Safety Hook comes attached to the end as part of the package. To be clear…the hook is included as part of the pre-spec’d rigging.
The foreguy shown above has been made from the same Samson MLX and also has a Wichard Standard Snap/Safety Hook attached to the end.

This J/24 8:1 Vang Line has been made with a Yale Maxibraid Plus vang with 4:1 Purchase and a Samson AmSteel Blue vang 2:1 Cascade. Our riggers were hesitant to let me put this up because it’s not so exciting, however, I’m just trying to let everyone know what they’re hard at work doing on a daily basis – and really, this is the preferred method for constructing a vang for a J/24.