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Thanks for your help and words of wisdom.

The sails don’t look like the others mentioned on here.
Do I need to add numbers before I sail ? The boat number is LLG464

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Heavier the crew more tension.  As a rough rule of thumb crew stands at bow and then pulls forestay with all their weight and hailyard is clipped on.  I would never get extra hands, special devices because it will put unnecessary strain on mast etc......  There was craze for lots of tension and then complaints when they snapped their mast!  It is always best in Laser to keep it simple.

Incidentally initially Laser 2 very popular on university circuit mainly because of its bomb proof hull.  Team racing has a premium on roll tacking and gybing and the Larks and Fireflies of the 70's could not construct centre board cases that could withstand the student abuse. 
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Originally posted by Neptune

Number one looks like a makeshift boat breaker. Release trapeze hooks And connect to one hook and the other to bow fitting to help pulling on rig tension


I wondered about that, but surely the Laser 2 doesn't use that much rig tension? It was built by Laser, it would fold in half?!

I seem to remember grabbing the forestay? Mind, they were very knackered.
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Number one looks like a makeshift boat breaker. Release trapeze hooks And connect to one hook and the other to bow fitting to help pulling on rig tension
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Top Pic: No good as kicker. Neither end would be captive.....bound to come unhooked when you need it.



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Not down haul as this finishes through cleat on mast, not two hooks.  Looks like a bodged kicker but much better to have the specified fitting that goes into boom, other hook is fine for base of mast.  If you want to race kicker needs to be easily controlled.
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Thanks everyone for the info 

Doing some more research, do you think the item 1 photo may be a downhaul / Cunningham?

Cheers. Dan. 
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There are still a small happy band of us sailing Laser 11s and what a great boat!  The Class Association is dormant as there is presently not sufficient demand for open meetings or a nationals.  If there was demand we could look at jumping in on a dinghy week or similar.  We tried this at Abersoch a few years a go, great fun.

Laser2sailing.org.uk takes to official page but there are many sites with help and details.

If you google U-tube Mike Croker -  Laser Two there are a series of short videos that take you through rigging every part of the boat.

It is a great sea boat loving the waves and three sail reaching is out of this world.  For these conditions handicap is banditary (if there is such a word).  In land on small ponds the handicap is really possible but I tend to stop using the trapeze and hike and fly spinnaker only when very broad and enjoy sailing that way.

When performance stopped producing/ supporting the class they sold all spares and chandlery responsibilities to "Sailboats" so you can get all class legal kit from them.  Also many old boats filling boat parks.

It is a brilliant boat and pretty indestructible so enjoy all it offers.
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First is probably a downhaul, second looks like a broken end of old kicker.
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