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by LASERTOURIST
Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: Boat maintenance, repair and restoration
Topic: Epifanes
Replies: 14
Views: 8058

Re: Epifanes

Used epifanes varnish on my father's zef...it is a Dutch "northern" stuff, looked wonderful after 5or 6 coats, aged well, lasted long, first impregnating coats were diluted with a drop of W/S , OK for countries with little sun (in the Mediterranean the Veneziani varnish would last longer)... It coul...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Pierre Marique's "Europa" vs Alois Roland's "Europe"
Replies: 10
Views: 8913

Re: Pierre Marique's "Europa" vs Alois Roland's "Europe"

I'm not sure the mast is the correct one :the freestanding rigs of the priod generally had a mortise and tenon arrangement for the gooseneck mast and boom link and were of course of the rotating type , with a brass collar at deck level allowing much better sail setting when sailing dead downwind. On...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Pierre Marique's "Europa" vs Alois Roland's "Europe"
Replies: 10
Views: 8913

Re: Pierre Marique's "Europa" vs Alois Roland's "Europe"

It is indeed the "atlantic moth" by Lanaverre and the family "look alike" with the early 420 is unmistakable : foredeck wavebreaking ply coaming, rounded buoyancy tanks (flat panneled ones were incompatible with early, non sandwich , fiberglass)....It is quite right to detect Christian Maury's gimmi...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Boats and bits for sale
Topic: Minisail slightly odd .....or maybe not?
Replies: 5
Views: 4540

Re: Minisail slightly odd .....or maybe not?

What is the differenc between a minisail and a minisprint ?
Could a minisailbe converted into a minisprit by bolting a retrofit kit (sliding seat)...
tHANKS FOR THE INFORMATION;;
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Pierre Marique's "Europa" vs Alois Roland's "Europe"
Replies: 10
Views: 8913

Re: Pierre Marique's "Europa" vs Alois Roland's "Europe"

Well, I've been around in many clubs, sailing schools...etc in France ,for more than forty years and spotted dozens of obscure, cryptic, untold and even bizarre dinghies, even in the moth class (cabin moth, aluminium moth...even optimoth) , but i nver ever spotted an Europa with pivoting board...mus...
by LASERTOURIST
Sat May 30, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Corsa 16?
Replies: 22
Views: 14828

Re: Corsa 16?

Caneton strale is a strange story... Once the caneton class endorsed the 505 ,it quickly became a separate class and the Caneton guys asked for a tame , hard chine classic on design caneton (the caneton 56 by Eugène Cornu, the uncle of André Cornu of 470 fame)...it was too heavy and not exactly at t...
by LASERTOURIST
Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 29061

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

I've been teaching sailing for quite a long time (some forty years)...the idea of the Windex and indicator is certainly clever, sail setting is indeed a problem for a beginner..but but I think the real first hurdle is the tiller /and helmsman position in the boat.... A tiller is counter intuitive fo...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 29061

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

Still it's hard to understand why a Topper should cost twice the price of the smaller escape, basically both hulls are a bucketful of soft plaastic granules thrown in a big industrial mould (enormous tool cost but very little commodity and manpower cost) and the foils and rig are basically on the sa...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:41 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 29061

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

I have mixed feelings about the sail karts like the escape , the funboat and so on ... they do their best in simplifying the very first hours on the water , but then there is little scope for skill improvement because they are too tame... IMHO they may prove their worth in beachfront clubs , boat re...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 29061

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

Oh , stupid me! It's Laser Performance US, not Hobie cat manufacturing the "Escape" boats....and using the sunfish rudderstock (Whyon earth do they have both this one and the pico-based funboat in their range?).... Interestingly it's a Gary Hoyt design like the Freedom 40...theguy seem to be fond of...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 29061

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

This one is maybe not completely ugly , only bizarre and tweaky (think it is the brainchild of the US arm of Hobie cat) http://www.leboncoin.fr/nautisme/778452856.htm?ca=12_s Proves that the idea of a windsurf rig on a dinghy still has some believers ...and as it is a US design you probably have som...
by LASERTOURIST
Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 29061

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

The wishbone rig is certainly quite diferent when it comes to tuning , from the classic rig. On winsurfs Control on sail shape was horrendous until Pierre Sebright invented the "automatic clamping" wishbome end (he used ski boots cables and a lever incorporeted in the front end) to do away with the ...
by LASERTOURIST
Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: For LaserTourist - Gouget Aluminum Moth
Replies: 3
Views: 4636

Re: For LaserTourist - Gouget Aluminum Moth

There is a surprising number of those still in existence in France (The Gouget showroom still existed sone three years ago near Eglise d'Auteuil in 16th district of Paris....complete with an unsold brand new ALU moth) Some of them do turn up on Le Bon coin from time to time... There were not many pr...
by LASERTOURIST
Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:35 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest
Replies: 52
Views: 29061

Re: "Ugliest dinghy ever" contest

surely some horrible "kleenex" clamshell over foamcore dinghy , sunflower or wildflower style... This one is not bad either never heard of that thing , possibly german (located near the north-eastern border of France), certainly a Dinghy /windsurf cross breed , possibly used by Batman... http://www....
by LASERTOURIST
Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Boat Identification and Dinghy History
Topic: Memory lane...
Replies: 12
Views: 9684

Re: Memory lane...

That rings a bell...When i went to England, back in 1969 - 70 as a college boy , to improve my english I sailed on one of those , on the Hyde Park lake with my sister...I remember the old wooden clinkerbuilt hulls (with some thousand coats of varnish ...and the gaudy multicoloured sails red and yell...