(made in 1987)
The Laser is a lightweight high performance machine which incorporates some unusual features. Additional support for the outboard leading edges is provided by a continuous wire running through the control frame to the outer leading edges. This allows more twist transfer to occur for a given sail and crossboom tension than with conventional single side-wire designs. The keel is placed within the double surface in a horizontal keel pocket. Another feature of this glider is a bellcrank arrangement separating the twin tensioner wires running back from the crosstube which separate as the VB is pulled tighter. This is designed to alleviate the handling problems normally brought on when the kingpost is trapped between the wires and thus prevents sideways movement of the keel.
Laser. Sail area 150 sq ft, nose angle 124 deg, span 33 ft, aspect ratio 7.25, weight 60 lbs, L/D 13:1, Variable Billow, internally sprung battens instead of bungies, price £1375.00 inc VAT.