Adjusting Your Main Sheet
Many of you have been left contemplating your navel after fiddling with the mainsheet on your RC Laser. This little piece of black string can really be annoying, especially when you are not sure what you are trying to adjust to do what.
Sometimes you receive a brand new boat and the ...
A Real Killer
Most sailors know about Irons. And most know they want nothing to do with them. But I have seen so many model sailors struggle with this awful situation, that I thought I'd spill my guts on what to do - goodness knows, I've been there, done that!
Irons - what are they?
First, understand that the ...
Plate, what plate?
We call the piece of plastic that has the hatch opening in it the deck PLATE. Because it is secured by 4 screws, most people think you are supposed to take off the plate to get at, or remove, things inside. Wrong!
The design of the deck plate is one of those ingenious designs of Jon Elmaleh, the ...
Let me start this article by telling you that the sail winch in the RC Laser is the most reliable servo in the sailing industry. We have virtually no problems with this winch, none. I wish I could say the same for the steering servo.
However, I will tell you right up front, that rarely is the failure of ...
Almost all other model sailboats use standing rigging. That means they use shrouds and stays to hold up the mast. Sort of like early airplanes that used guy wires to hold the wings on.
The RC Laser uses a "freestanding" rig, meaning that the mast is supported by its own strength, just like modern ...
I have first hand account of RC Laser owners vigorously shaking their boats trying to get the water to come out that ridiculously little hole in the transom. I have even heard of those that have drilled out the hole and put a stopper in it - so they could drain the boat easily.
Well, now - for all those that ...
I hate to point out bad habits - especially when they are fun, but this is one that will eventually cost you a lot of money.
The RC Laser is so darned tough that some sailors have found out that they can throw their boat into the water. They either launch it from shore, arching out through the air to land ...
The sails on the RC Laser are some of the most unusual in the world. Unusual in material and construction - which makes them virtually indestructible. But there is one aspect of their manufacture that occasionally causes a problem.
Along the leach (trailing edge) of the sail is a mylar reinforcing panel. ...