RC Laser ~ It’s Unique!

I know, I know – sounds like a little smoke, maybe even a few mirrors – but one thing you will find out right up front ~ we tell it like it is.

We will TRY to be humble, but we ask YOU to compare feature for feature against any other RC sailboat. If you don’t see just how unique this boat is, let us explain.

Unique – adj. 1. existing as the only one of a kind. 2. having no equal; unparalleled. That is what Webster says.

The unique qualities of the RC Laser stem from the brilliant production design by Jon Elmaleh. He wanted a boat that would perform well, and be easy for the owner to enjoy, no matter what the boat was asked to do.

Poly Hull  The choice of the polyethylene hull has produced the most remarkable owner benefit of all. And yes, it is unique, as not one other model sailboat in the world is produced using this material.

Cost  Using poly material means the boat could be uniformly mass-produced in one homogeneous piece using a blow molding system. The reason others don’t copy this process is because of the high expense of building the molds. HOWEVER, once done, the resulting value is head and shoulders above all the rest. It is the main reason why no other ready-to-sail 42″” model sailboat is available for such a low cost.

Durability  The poly hull has written the book on durability. Not only is the boat indestructible on the water, it is unbelievably resistant to damage when being handled or transported ashore. No other boat would dare be checked as baggage on a commercial airliner packed only in a soft, zippered bag! Now think about that – if the boat can take that kind of punishment, how bulletproof is it in the hands of the kids, or thrown below on your big boat, or stored in the motor home.

One Piece and Watertight  The RC Laser is molded (deck and hull) in one piece. Except for a 1/16″ hole in the transom, used for pressure equalization, the boat is completely watertight. And, yes, it is hollow.

Electronics Compartment  The engineering jewel of this boat is the electronics compartment. We have all fought with different ways to keep electronics dry, but this boat took the effort to a new level. When the boat is molded, it has a “cockpit”” molded into the deck. A well-designed deck plate is then permanently sealed over this cockpit. The result is the driest, most accessible electronics area in any RC boat. Only those that operate RC equipment around water understand just how important this is – especially when sailed in salt water.

Mr. Peanut  Yes, it is a source of gentle ribbing that the cockpit hatch (entry through the deck plate) is remarkably similar to the plastic cap found on a peanut can. The male section of the hatch, which is molded as a 1″ “tower” in the deck plate, ensures a positive snap shut hatch that is very easy to open and close, while being the tightest, most reliable, seal of any hatch in model sailing. It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing hatch, but owners really don’t care – it works so well.

Servo Installation  The RC Laser control system is truly unique. Above deck “clothes line” type sail control lines are not uncommon, but attaching the servos to the underside of the deck plate with molded posts, is truly ingenious. Each servo has standard 4-hole mounting flanges. However, instead of screwing them to supports like other boats do, we have four posts molded to the underside of the deck plate. Simply slide the servo up onto the four tapered posts until it seats against the beveled deck exit hole, and then jam the supplied rubber block between the bottom of the servo and the cockpit floor. Voila! To remove the servo, pull out the block, and the servo drops right out.

Steering  Basic steering is true to the full sized Laser with an outboard rudder. But that is where similarity stops. A tiller is mounted on the aft deck with a pivot point directly above the rudder gudgeon. The gudgeon is molded into the bottom of the hull right at the transom. The pintle on the rudder fits up into the gudgeon and at the same time the two upper prongs snap up into the tiller. Rods connect the yoke of the tiller to the servo yoke for simple, but accurate control. How how ingenious! Snap, it’s mounted and ready to go.

Keel Installation  The RC Laser is ballasted by 4 # of lead, on a molded 16″ long keel fin. The top of the keel fin fits up from the bottom through a keel trunk that goes completely through to the deck. On the top of the keel fin is a wing lock that turns 90 degrees to snap into place on the deck to hold the keel firmly in the boat. Snap, it’s in – snap, it’s out!

Maststep ”That mast is coming outta there when I roll out”, I thought to myself the first time I saw the mast step. How WRONG could I be. But I am often asked about this simple step and its ultimate ability to carry, and keep, the rig in the boat. Remember, I told you that the hull and deck are completely watertight, so how about the mast step???

First, the well for the maststep is molded into the deck. To give it the guts to support an unstayed mast, the bottom of the well is fused, in the molding process, to the bottom of the hull.

The mast step itself is a molded piece of hard plastic with a hole in the middle to support the mast, and allow it to turn freely. The mast step fitting is a press fit into the well. This design is so sound, that we have never had a mast step failure – never!

But what keeps the mast in the hole during a pitchpole or roll out? Who knows? But trust me, I have done it all, and more than once, and I have never seen a mast leave the step under any sailing condition. The only downside is that the boat cannot be lifted from the water by the mast!

Boom Vang  No performance sailor would be caught dead without a boom vang to control sail shape – right? Well the RC Laser doesn’t have one! Instead, it has a rigid gooseneck and a very strong aluminum boom, which performs the role of boom vang to a T (or is that an L).

The vertical part of the gooseneck fitting surrounds, and is glued to, the tapered fiberglass mast. The boom fits snugly into the horizontal part of the gooseneck and is kept in place by the outhaul tension. The “web” on the gooseneck fitting does not allow any flex of the fitting. Consequently, the boom is “vanged” by the rigid gooseneck and because the mast is free to turn in the maststep, the boom actually turns the mast as the sail is trimmed. And tough – I have a box full of spare gooseneck fittings but have never had to replace one yet!

Freestanding Rig  Ahhhh, the simplicity and power of the bendy mast. Certainly, the bendy mast sail system is widely acclaimed for its high performance. However, in the last 30 years or so, technology has helped produce higher performance freestanding masts – masts that do not need stays to hold them up. The two-piece mast in the RC Laser is a masterful piece of work – with the strength that allows you to sail in impossible winds, and the flexibility to drive the boat through the puffs with the grace of a swan.

The RC Laser mast is not just a tube but a carefully produced, tapered fiberglass, two-piece mast. It is unique in the model sailing world.

Sail Design  The authorized sails for the RC Laser are all single panel sails, made to one plan, by one manufacturer. So what’s so cool about that???

Material  Sure it looks like Rice Paper – but it wears like iron. The material is best likened to a material that you see used in express envelopes. You know, the ones you absolutely can’t rip open!! It is actually polyester film laminated to polyester tissue. A brand name for this polyester film is Mylar®. The leech of the sail is two pieces of this material bonded together to form a leech that will not fray nor stretch.

The unique result – a sail that will never tear, mildew, or lose its shape. Unless your dog eats it, you will likely never need a new sail.

Design  It’s all in the luff round. Anyone that has designed sails for a bendy mast will tell you that it is no easy task to get the sail to fit the mast when the mast is bending all over the place. That effort becomes even more pronounced when you bring it down to the size of a 42″ boat. To make it work on the RC Laser, the sleeve that goes over the mast is relatively deep (fore and aft). When there isn’t much wind, the mast is standing up straight inside the sleeve. If you look closely you will notice that the sail extends well in front of the mast about half way up. In this case, the luff round is touching the mast at the head and the foot only, causing the “round” arch forward of the mast. Even though it looks a little strange, the stiffness of the sail allows this “leading edge of the wing” to be very effective.

As the wind picks up, the mast begins to bend and eventually fits right along the precut luff round of the sail! Coooool! Unique?? You bet!

Conclusion Is there any wonder why the RC Laser is earning the respect of more and more sailors every day.

Terrific engineering, unmatched material toughness, and a commitment to mass production, produces a boat like no other in the world – affordable, transportable, simple, performance based, and FUN!

It is a truly UNIQUE model boat!

 
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RC Laser – RTS Version

$585.00

The finest one-design RC sailboat in the world. Over 9,000 sold in North America alone…

For a limited time, we are offering free shipping for the RC Laser to any address in the continental US via UPS Ground.

SKU: LRTS
Posted in RC Laser.
Tagged as hobby, rc laser, retirement, sailboat, sailing.

Product Description

The standard RC Laser package is ready to sail in less than 5 minutes.

Included in the standard boat are the following parts:

Hull – blow molded polypropylene, one part (not sandwiched together). Virtually indestructible.

Standard Mast (for B, C, D Sails) – Two-part, tapered, composite, free-standing mast with fixed gooseneck attached.

Standard Boom (also called the “long” boom used for A sail and B sail) – supplied with three adjusters for trimming the sail and attaching the mainsheet.

B Sail – This is the mid range sail good for sailing in winds up to 20 mph.

Keel – A molded keel fin with lead ballast attached. Comes with a plastic fairing shield installed over lead. A wing-lock fitting at top of the fin provides easy through-boat installation in a snap!

Rudder – molded with integral prongs that snap into the tiller to hold in place. Pintle and gudgeon for outboard mounting.

Boat Stand – Used for displaying boat ~ not for use outside in the wind.

Carry/Storage Bag – This custom bag has a pocket for each boat part, including the transmitter. It is made of heavy grade nylon material with a full zipper. Includes shoulder and hand-carry straps.

Electronics – All boats come with class-approved steering and sail servos installed, a battery holder, and a wire harness with on-deck switch.

Radio Equipment – the RTS (ready-to-sail) version comes with a 2.4 ghz transmitter and installed receiver. The PNP version does not include a transmitter and receiver, so you can use your own.

Not included: 12 AA batteries that will power the boat and radio equipment for 5-6 hours.

 

We are always asked, “What else do I need?”. So we have made up three specially-priced packages based on how you intend to use your boat.

  • RC Laser Recreational Package $65.00 Add to cart

Recreational Package: For those that intend to use your boat for the sheer relaxation of sailing across the pond. You are not interested in racing for the time being.

This package includes our failsafe Recharge System to make sure your batteries are always fully charged and ready for your next sail. Included is a special charger that charges a custom battery pack for the boat, AND the batteries in the transmitter all ~ at the same time ~ and then drops off to a trickle charge to keep the batteries topped-up until your next sail. No need to remove any batteries from the boat or the transmitter!!

The other item included is Speed Clips. These stainless-steel clips make rigging the boat a snap, giving you a durable double-cross clip that cannot accidentally pull apart.

 

  • RC Laser Club Competitive Package $189.00 Add to cart

Club Competitive: This package is for those of you that want to compete at the local level. It provides what we recommend to all of our local fleets.

This package includes the Recreational Package, above, plus a couple more items to ready your boat for local racing (or just more options for sailing in different velocities of winds.

Additional sails – Included is the largest sail (A) for light wind sailing, with its special 14” taller mast. You also get the smaller C Sail for when the wind really picks up. (The standard boat comes with the B sail for medium winds) If you are sailing with the gang up at the lake, you will want to be competitive and this set of sails does just that. Everyone will be impressed when you pull out a sail to match the current wind …

 

  • RC Laser National Competitive Package $379.00 Add to cart

National Competitive: If you aspire to travel to compete in our many regional and national level regattas, you need to be prepared for anything. Changing sails is something that you need to do quickly between races – so here is the most popular set-up.

This package includes both Recreational and Club Competitive packages above, plus:

D Sail (the smallest sail available for when it blows like H___!

Extra Spars – To change sails quickly, you want each sail rigged on its own mast and boom. So you get an additional long boom for the A sail, and two short booms for the C and D sail. Plus we add two extra masts for the C and D sail.

Sail Bag – And last you need something to carry and protect all four rigged sails. Our sail bag is custom made with four compartments, one for each sail rig. The heavy outside cover has a zipper base for access, and a shoulder strap for carrying.

Buying in quantity makes a difference with SailRC. Get together with friends, community or marina to buy a higher quantity and receive greater savings. All must ship at the same time to the same address using a single payment.

Quantity Price Per Boat Savings per Boat
1 $585
2-3 $562 $23
4-7 $526 $59
8+ $480 $105

Features:

  • Hull and deck molded in one piece polypropylene
  • Mast is tapered fiberglass composite, two piece
  • Sail is sleeved to slide over the mast. Sail is made of non-woven polyester composite film
  • Mast is stepped into a non-captive deck step that allows mast to swivel. There is no standing rigging
  • Gooseneck fitting is fixed so boom vang is not necessary
  • Keel and rudder snap in and out in an instant – no tools
  • Easy access to radio compartment via snap-lid port
  • Easy to adjust stainless outhaul sliders on boom
  • All parts are interchangeable and inexpensive to replace
  • Full On Board electronics to include class approved servos for sail and steering
  • Two channel AM Radio system (drum sail winch, steering servo installed)
  • Batteries not included – requires 8 or 12 ea AA batteries, either alkaline or rechargeable
  • Boat is corrosion resistant and salt water safe

Below are the specifications of this terrific model. There are many more articles on the Skippers Log about this remarkable RC sailboat as well.

Specifications:

Length Deck 41.5″
Length Waterline 37.75″
Beam 13.5″
Draft 17″
Main Hoist 50″
Mast top above deck 54″
Bottom of keel to top of mast 73″
Sail Area
A 949 sq. in.
B 710 sq. in.
C 600 sq. in.
D 525 sq. in.
Displacement 9 lbs.

SailRC

First, and foremost, we stand behind the products that we sell and service. The way we do that tells a lot about our company ethic and unending desire to serve our customers.

POLICIES

Satisfaction Guarantee

Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with any product purchased directly from SailRC, please return it for a refund based on the following terms:

  • Product must be returned (ship date) within 30 days of original receipt of product.
  • Product must be in resalable condition. That includes repacking of all parts in original packing, as originally packed, with complete paperwork included, and with no indication of use.
  • Shipping costs are not refundable.
  • Return shipping damage is the responsibility of the returning customer.
  • Restocking fee – 10% of cost of goods

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Warranty

SailRC is NOT the manufacturer of any product we sell. Therefore, we do not carry the ultimate responsibility for the warranty. However, we do everything possible to insure that you get prompt and fair service.

Specifically – we want you to contact us first with any product question or problem – see Contact Page. Steve will arrange a phone call to move quickly through your issue and provide exact instructions.

SailRC may intervene between you and the manufacturer if we have a warranty support arrangement with that manufacturer.

Warranty Statement: Warranty on products sold and shipped by SailRC covers failure of any part that is caused by defect in workmanship or materials when the product is used as intended*.

*Use as intended Model boats and boat equipment are intended to sail on water. They are not intended to withstand collisions with each other or any other obstruction. Electronics are not intended to get wet!

What is not covered Damage caused by misuse, abuse, improper care, accident, modification, shipping, wear and tear, or repair by anyone other than the manufacturer or their representative. Damage to metal parts due to use in salt water.

Warranty Fine Print

Registration & Proof of Purchase Proof of purchase is critical to a warranty claim. Please register your boat with SailRC within one month of purchase and keep your original receipt.

Electronics SailRC is not a warranty service station for any electronics company. We are pretty good at troubleshooting most of our electronics but even we have a hard time keeping up with new technology. We will troubleshoot your issue on the phone and if we cannot resolve your issue, we will send you directly to a manufacturer’s service rep to get a resolution (either repair or replacement). We will NOT be sending you overseas to any manufacturer – all service centers we use are in the US!

Shipping Damage All items shipped by SailRC are insured for full value. If your boat, or accessories, are damaged during shipping from us to you, it is important to contact SailRC immediately for claims processing.

Important If something is damaged in shipping, most of the time the outside box shows evidence of rough handling. We need pictures of damage to the box.

Again, we are not responsible for damage in shipping but we facilitate getting a resolution in your favor.

Warranty Shipping – The customer is responsible for all costs of shipping a warranty item to and from a warranty station.

No Return If a part fails, many times we can made a decision based on your photograph sent via email. In this case, we may avoid having to return the broken part for review. So take good pictures and send

Replacement Parts Any shipping involved with warranty parts is paid by the owner.

If SailRC ships a warranty replacement part before a faulty part is returned to SailRC, or the manufacturer, the owner will be charged for the replacement. When the part is properly returned and deemed replaceable under warranty, then a credit will be issued to owner’s credit card.

Term We do not set the term of warranty service on our products but we sometimes offer extended warranty coverage. Below are just some of the warranty terms for the products we handle.

RC Laser Out There Technologies (OTT), a US company, produces the RC Laser and warrants each new boat for six months from the verified date of purchase. In North America, SailRC manages all RC Laser warranty services.

If you have any questions about anything on this page, please email us.

Tuning Tips for the RC Laser

Guidelines by Jon Elmaleh
as edited by Abigail Kelly and Steve Lang

The incredibly good design and engineering of the RC Laser leaves the skipper with a relatively small range of performance adjustments. Because there are so few, they are fairly critical.  What follows are basic guidelines to help you achieve greater performance from your RC Laser.

Adjusting sail shape is very important especially with respect to foot curve and leech twist. Knowing how much of each is based on practice and competition.  Basically, in a light wind, more foot curve and a less leach twist are best.  In a heavy wind, aim for less foot curve and more leech twist.

How are these sail adjustments made?
At the aft end of the boom are two sliders.  The forward one is for tensioning, the aft slider adjusts the angle of outhaul tension on the sail.  If you slide the aft slider forward, the tension angle is more down than out.  So tensioning in this position tightens the leech, and allows the foot to curve away from the boom (foot curve).  This produces draft that powers the boat in light wind.

As the aft slider is moved further aft, the angle of tension changes to distribute the tension more equally on the leech and the foot of the sail.  In this position, a puff of wind bends the mast causing the leach to twist spilling air – which helps the boat stay upright.  The lower section of the sail stays properly trimmed to help power the boat through the puff.

What is the proper amount of foot curve for a given wind condition?
A good indicator is boat balance (helm pressure).  If the boat is able to sail itself to windward with little or no steering correction (neutral helm), then the foot curve is about right. Too much weather helm (the boat rotating into the wind) indicates that you need to flatten the foot curve. A leeward helm (the boat falling off the wind) shows a need for an increased foot curve.

Sailing in choppy water
Increasing leech twist helps prevent stalling the sail as the boat pitches through the waves.  Because waves do not always relate to current wind velocity, this is a tricky setting to make. Don’t worry about a little windward helm in choppy conditions since it helps you find the wind.

Proper boom position
Most top sailors agree that sailing upwind with the boom just inside the aft corner of the stern is the proper location.  Pulling the sail further inboard (pinching) produces a boat that goes upwind at a closer angle, but it travels much slower through the water.  This position is only useful for short distances to get around a mark or obstacle.  With the boom just inside the aft corner of the boat, you will find the RC Laser develops the best speed, and angle to windward.

Electronic boom positioning
It is often difficult to see the position of the boom from shore while you are sailing.  Therefore, the following electronic and sheet adjustments allow you to know where the boom is by the position of your transmitter controls.

With the radio system on, place the sail control lever (left) all the way down (the full-in position).  Set the fine tune slider next to the control lever, in the middle of its range.

Now adjust the length of the mainsheet (black string) so that the boom is positioned just inside the corner of the transom (should be done with the sail mounted).

The idea is that when you sail to windward, you push the sail lever all the way down and put the fine tune slider in the middle.  That is your base position where your sail will be properly set for most of your windward sailing.

If you need to pinch up to pass an obstacle or a mark, move the slider down and it will bring in the sail to the centerline of the boat.  If you have been slowed by waves, tacking, or another boat, you may want to push the fine tune slider up to let the sail out a little as you foot off to gain speed.

Mast bend
In light winds do not tension the outhaul to the point where it bends the mast.  At the opposite end of the scale, when the wind is blowing hard, slide your aft slider all the way aft, and you will tension the sail so that there is little or no foot curve.  Tension the outhaul to bend the mast so it pretty well fills out the luff pocket (leading edge of the sail).  Obviously there is a lot of variation based on the wind speed.

When to Switch Sails?
Basically, when you begin to dive while sailing downwind, you should switch to a smaller sail. Many sailors carry big sails too long, and their performance is compromised by loss of control.  There is very little difference in boat speed between sail sizes in the crossover wind ranges and keeping control is often the deciding factor.  Experience will help you determine the best time to change.

Steering
Concentrate on steering your boat in a straight line – remember the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.  Over-steering is a common mistake in model sailboats.  Focus on smoothing out your steering and you will earn big rewards in performance.

Also remember that every time you turn sharply, the rudder acts as a brake, slowing your boat speed.

Slight Changes
Tuning is done by degrees. Shades of adjustment make a difference.  Tuning is not a mystery, but one that takes practice until you find the groove.  These guidelines are just that, the parameters within which you will find the right combination to get the very best performance from your boat.

On the other hand, you can have a perfectly tuned boat and move your thumb in the wrong direction and . . .   J  So don’t fret over tuning, follow the basic guidelines and it will come to you.

RC Laser Manual – Diagrams and How To’s

Every once in a while, we are asked for another copy of the manual that comes with every new RC Laser.

We are posting it here to help existing RC Laser owners with their boats and for new owners of a used RC Laser. Your RC Laser will likely last longer than the manual…so rest assured, we will keep it available online.

For those of you who do not have an RC Laser yet – this will give you an idea of how great the RC Laser is.

***Please Note! The manual does need to be updated. We have included the 2012 addendum to cover a few of these changes.***

This is in the format of a printed book to be stapled down the middle. Watch the page numbers to follow it online or print it and staple it to read it in order.

RC Laser Manual 2006

RC Laser Manual Addendum 2012

This entry was posted in RC Laser on  by Theresa Rae Gay.

RC Laser

The Finest Radio Controlled Sailboat in the World

Below are the specifications of this terrific model followed by some of the feature highlights. There are many more articles on the Skippers Log about this remarkable types of sailboat as well.

Specifications:

Length Deck 41.5″
Length Waterline 37.75″
Beam 13.5″
Draft 17″
Main Hoist 50″
Mast top above deck 54″
Bottom of keel to top of mast 73″
Sail Area
A
B
C
D
949 sq. in.
710 sq. in.
600 sq. in.
525 sq. in.
Displacement 9 lbs.

 

Features:

  • Hull and deck molded in one piece polypropylene
  • Mast is tapered fiberglass composite, two piece
  • Sail is sleeved to slide over the mast. Sail is made of non-woven polyester composite film
  • Mast is stepped into a non-captive deck step that allows mast to swivel. There is no standing rigging
  • Gooseneck fitting is fixed so boom vang is not necessary
  • Keel and rudder snap in and out in an instant – no tools
  • Easy access to radio compartment via snap-lid port
  • Easy to adjust stainless outhaul sliders on boom
  • All parts are interchangeable and inexpensive to replace
  • Full On Board electronics to include class approved servos for sail and steering
  • Two channel AM Radio system (drum sail winch, steering servo installed)
  • Batteries not included – requires 8 or 12 ea AA batteries, either alkaline or rechargeable
  • Boat is corrosion resistant and salt water safe

Boat Stand – RC Laser

$39.00

Display your RC Laser on this stand

SKU: LSTAND
Posted in Accessories, RC Laser.
Tagged as aluminum, boat stand, display, Made especially for RC Laser.

Aluminum and fabric scissor stand.

This stand is designed for displaying your RC Laser indoors. When folded, it fits inside the RC Laser bag for transport.

Note: The RC Laser should never be left in the boat stand outside as the wind may tip the stand over allowing the boat to land on the rudder. This will result in damaging the teeth on the steering servo.

Very few in stock.

Wind Vane

$16.00 $14.00

Very light and sensitive wind vane for the top of the mast.

SKU: WIND
Posted in Miscellaneous, Nirvana, Accessories, RC Laser, Accessories, Explorer, Accessories, Dragon Force, Accessories, Accessories.
Tagged as Nirvana wind vane, RC Laser wind vane, top of mast wind vane, Wind vane.

Very light and sensitive vane, attaches to sail (RC Laser) or Masthead (Nirvana and any other boat).

This masthead vane is painted with florescent yellow on one side and day glow orange on the other to read it better from shore. It is very light weight and has a slick balancing pin in the nose. It is easily installed to the top of the A sail for the RC laser, or directly into the masthead fitting for the Nirvana. Primarily used for light wind racing conditions.

Recommended for Racing.

Speed Clips

$5.00 $3.00

Allows you to drop the mast in, slide the sail over it and clip it in – ready to sail!

SKU: LSPEED
Posted in RC Laser, Accessories, Sail/Rigging, RC Laser Showroom.
Tagged as RC Laser rigging, Speed clips, speed rigging.

Speed clips are a great timesaver each time you rig your boat to sail. Put one on each sail to connect to the sheet and one on the main sheet to connect to the boom.

Package of 5.

Sail Cover

$85.00

A nice bag to hold all of your RC Laser rigged sails.

SKU: LSAILCVR
Posted in RC Laser, Accessories, Sail/Rigging.
Bag to hold all of your rigged sails for the RC Laser.
  1. The four RC Laser sails rigged on respective masts and booms, with sail cover folded up in front. Note there are no hard ribs in the sail cover.
  2. Inside the sail cover are 3 full sized sail separator panels, shown here in gold.
  3. Insert sails into the proper compartment, with the strap side up on the cover, and the mast down. Recommend marking the bottom of each gooseneck fitting with the letter of the sail: A, B, C, D.
  4. Zip the foot end of the cover closed which secures each rig from sliding out the end of the cover.
  5. Shoulder strap makes it easy to carry your sails hands-free. Also, the cover with the sails can be hung on a single hook on any wall. At the sailing site, simply unzip the cover, and lay flat on the ground where sails can be changed easily.

CD for Race Countdown

$16.00

Two CD set, one 1 minute, One Staggered Start

SKU: START
Posted in Accessories, RC Laser, Accessories, Accessories.
Tagged as race start countdown, race start signal, staggered start CD, Start CD.

Two CD set, one 1 minute, One Staggered Start

Now a set of two CDs (1 minute & staggered start) – Professionally produced – cannon start signal with auto stop.

Our very popular Start Sequence CD has been improved in 2011 with a second CD for handicapping skippers via use of a staggered start system popularly called RYGG*. Both CDs run at the touch of the “Play” button and automatically stop after the race start. They are immediately ready to restart by the press of the “Play” button.

Both professionally recorded CDs feature a very accurate “click” track, and verbal announcement every ten seconds plus a count down of the final 10 seconds. The start signal is a terrific recording of a cannon fire.

RYGG – stands for Red, Yellow, Green, Go. After the 1 minute countdown the announcer says “Red Start, Yellow Start next” and another 10 seconds passes, before a similar statement begins the Green start sequence and then the final start. This allows clubs to use this very easy to use handicapping system to give novice sailors a head start. Each club determines how a skipper qualifies to move up. Our personal club runs races twice a week and we recalculate positions (Red, Yellow, Green) after each day. Our system is available upon request.

The handicap system is run all the time during club races, allowing any new skipper to jump in at any time and be treated fairly by the system. Enjoy this reliable club racing development handicap system, and the standard upper level regatta 1 minute start countdown.

Tiller with Bushing

$7.00

Don’t lose the bushing!

SKU: LTILLER
Posted in Hull, RC Laser.
Tagged as RC Laser tiller, RC Laser tiller with bushing, tiller.

Speed Clips

$5.00 $3.00

Allows you to drop the mast in, slide the sail over it and clip it in – ready to sail!

SKU: LSPEED
Posted in RC Laser, Accessories, Sail/Rigging, RC Laser Showroom.
Tagged as RC Laser rigging, Speed clips, speed rigging.

Speed clips are a great timesaver each time you rig your boat to sail. Put one on each sail to connect to the sheet and one on the main sheet to connect to the boom.

Package of 5.

Sail Cover

$85.00

A nice bag to hold all of your RC Laser rigged sails.

SKU: LSAILCVR
Posted in RC Laser, Accessories, Sail/Rigging.
Bag to hold all of your rigged sails for the RC Laser.
  1. The four RC Laser sails rigged on respective masts and booms, with sail cover folded up in front. Note there are no hard ribs in the sail cover.
  2. Inside the sail cover are 3 full sized sail separator panels, shown here in gold.
  3. Insert sails into the proper compartment, with the strap side up on the cover, and the mast down. Recommend marking the bottom of each gooseneck fitting with the letter of the sail: A, B, C, D.
  4. Zip the foot end of the cover closed which secures each rig from sliding out the end of the cover.
  5. Shoulder strap makes it easy to carry your sails hands-free. Also, the cover with the sails can be hung on a single hook on any wall. At the sailing site, simply unzip the cover, and lay flat on the ground where sails can be changed easily.

Sail – C Sail

$59.00 $38.00

Best for winds 18 – 28 mph.

Sail Number

Pair of Sail Numbers (one pair per sail)

SKU: LCSAIL
Posted in RC Laser, Sail/Rigging.

Sail for racing in winds over 18 mph.

The C sail (600 sq in) fits on the standard mast and is used for winds 18-28 mph. It uses the standard mast and boom even though you may want to consider getting a shorter boom (17″ is the class minimum) to use this sail in heavier winds.

Recommended for racing.

Sail – B Sail

$59.00

The standard sail for the RC Laser. All come with this sail – many need only this one sail!

SKU: LBSAIL
Posted in RC Laser, Sail/Rigging.
Tagged as RC Laser B sail, RC Laser standard sail.

This sail is good for winds through 18 mph.

The RC Laser comes standard with the B sail. This sail has 710 sq in of sail area.

Sail – A Sail

$69.00

This is the only sail that needs its own mast since it is so tall.

SKU: LASAIL
Posted in RC Laser, Sail/Rigging.
Tagged as A sail, low wind sail, RC Laser A Sail.

This is the sail only, no mast nor boom. This is the only sail that will NOT fit on the standard B mast.

The A sail is 949 sq in and is used to achieve full hull speed for the boat when winds speeds are below 9 mph.

Rig – A Rig

$105.00

Must have the A Mast to sail with the A Sail.

SKU: LARIG
Posted in RC Laser, Sail/Rigging.
Tagged as A Mast, A Rig, LARIG, RC Laser A Sail.

Sail and mast for racing in winds under 9 mph.

The A rig includes the A sail (949 sq in) and a complete new mast (14″ taller than the standard mast). This rig is used when winds are below 9 mph to achieve full hull speed for the boat. Use the standard boom.

Recommended for racing.

Mast – B Mast

$38.00

Fits B, C and D sails.

SKU: LBMAST
Posted in RC Laser, Sail/Rigging.
Tagged as B Mast, Mast B, RC Laser standard mast.

Standard mast that comes with every new RC Laser. Fits B, C and D sails.

Active RC Laser racers have three total – one fully rigged for B sail, one fully rigged for C sail and another fully rigged for D sail. Ensures quick changes for strategy!

Mast – A Mast

$48.00

Only mast that fits the height of the A Sail

SKU: LAMAST
Posted in RC Laser, Sail/Rigging.
Tagged as A Mast, Mast A, Mast for A Sail, RC Laser A Mast.

For A Sail only. Used with regular boom.

Also available as part of the A Rig (better value than buying A Mast and A Sail separately).

 

Country Designator Decal for RC Laser Sails

$8.00

Class approved country designator decals as of 2011 RC Laser International Racing Rules.

SKU: LCDDECAL
Posted in RC Laser, Sail/Rigging, Decals.
Tagged as decal, RC Laser sail numbers, RC Laser country designator sail decal.

As directed by the RC Laser Class International Racing Rules – June 2011, the country designator decal specs are:

  • Height: 2.5″ tall
  • Font: Arial Rounded MT Bold
  • Color: Black

Each decal is one piece – i.e. if your country is USA, one sticker has USA on it rather than one sticker with a U, another with an S and the third with an A.

Sail numbers are sold by the pair as each sail needs two (to be seen from both sides of the sail). Order one pair for each sail you have.

Shipping is included in decal pricing.

Want to see directions for placement of the sail decals? Click here and scroll to the last couple of pages.

Sail – B Sail, Blemished

$25.00

For the RC Laser. Sail in perfect condition except for discoloration. Appears slightly yellow in areas.

SKU: LBSAILB
Posted in Sea Flea Market.
Tagged as RC Laser Blemished B Sail, sailboat, sailing.

Battery Holder

$6.00

Perfect generic battery holder. It comes with our RC Laser and fits in the Nirvana and other RC sailboats.

SKU: HOLDER
Posted in Electronics, Electronics, Nirvana, RC Laser.
Tagged as accessories, Battery Holder, electronics, holds batteries on board, nirvana, rc laser, sailing.
Holds 4 AA cells.

Servo, Steering – 311

$11.00

Only class legal steering servo for the RC Laser or upgrade for the Nirvana (class legal for Nirvana as well).

SKU: 311
Posted in Electronics, Electronics, Nirvana, RC Laser.
Tagged as 311, RC Laser servo, RC Laser steering servo.

The Hitec HS-311 Servo.

Steering Servo for the RC Laser and can also be used as an upgrade for the Nirvana Steering Servo.

Servo, Sail – 785

$49.00

Only servo authorized by the RC Laser class rule.

SKU: L785
Posted in Electronics, RC Laser.
Tagged as 785, RC Laser servo, sail servo.
This servo is the only servo authorized by the RC Laser Class rule. Also the boat is molded to accept only this servo. It is strong for sailing in the heaviest of winds and has an excellent reputation for durability.

Charger

$17.00

NX83 Delta Peak Charger – for your rechargeable RC needs

*Please note, this will not work with the transmitter that comes with the 2014 Nirvana as there is no place to plug it in. We apologize.

SKU: CHARGER
Posted in Electronics, Electronics, Accessories.
Tagged as NX83, rechargeable batteries, Transmitter, trickle charger, spektrum, JST.

NX83 Delta Peak Charger. This is a trickle charger that brings TX and RX cells up to full strength over night, and then continues to hold all batteries at peak strength without fear of overcharging.

For the RC Laser:
One charger lead plugs into either the 5-pack RC Laser rechargeable battery or the battery holder for the receiver. The other lead plugs into the transmitter. Therefore, no batteries need to be handled at all. Lights on the charger indicate that proper connection is made.

For the Nirvana (not 2014 version*), Seawind and most other RC sailboats:
One charger lead plugs into the battery holder for the receiver. The other lead plugs into the transmitter. Therefore, no batteries need to be handled at all. Lights on the charger indicate that proper connection is made.

*We are sorry to say that the 2014 Nirvana transmitter does NOT have a place to plug the charger into.

The lead that plugs into the transmitters has an option for either positive (most transmitters) or negative (Spektrum transmitters). Check to see if your transmitter has a place to plug it in and you are all set!

Check out our recharge kits – great way to get batteries and charger at a special price.
RC Laser 8 (includes 5 pack for boat plus 8 AA for TX)
RC Laser 4 (includes 5 pack for boat plus 4 AA for TX)
Nirvana 8 (includes 8 AA for boat plus 8 AA for TX) – also for Seawind, Fairwind and other RC sailboats
Nirvana 4* (includes 4 AA for boat plus 8 AA for TX) – also for Seawind, Fairwind and other RC sailboats
*2014 Nirvana does NOT have a place to plug the charger into – we apologize.

SailRC is not a warranty service station for any electronics company. We are pretty good at troubleshooting most of our electronics but even we have a hard time keeping up with new technology. We will troubleshoot your issue on the phone and if we cannot resolve your issue, we will send you directly to a manufacturer’s service rep to get a resolution (either repair or replacement). We will NOT be sending you overseas to any manufacturer – all service centers we use are in the US!