XD rig: The XD rig was introduced to improve the sail control of the laser rig. The full conversion runs the outhaul and cunningham to two cam cleats sited in front of the daggerboard as well as increasing the purchase on the kicker system. This makes the laser much easier to sail and race. Any old boat can be modified to have the XD kit fitted.
Three main rig options are available: the 4.7, radial and standard rigs.
The Standard rig is basically the original setup. The sail area is about 7.06m2. The mast is made up of two tubular alumnium sections, although a carbon top section is now available. The main advantage of the carbon top section is that it will not permanently bend (not uncommon for aluminium spars). A couple of years ago a new (mark 2) standard sail became available. The sail has the same sail area but a different cut (biradial) and slightly heavier sailcloth. The mark 2 sail lasts better than the mark 1 sail. A new standard mark 2 sail will cost about £550.
The Radial rig was introduced as a youth option for the laser, it has a smaller sail area and a radial cut. This sail requires a smaller lower mast section, the top section is the same as the other sail options. The sail area is 6.07m2. The Radial sail is popular among smaller sailors and females. It is more manageable than the standard sail. A new radial sail will cost around £500. A carbon lower mast section is available for the radial rig.
The smallest rig option is the 4.7, which has a sail area of about 4.7m2. The 4.7 is aimed at junior sailors and small adults. It uses a smaller prebent lower mast along with the same top mast as used by the other options. A new 4.7 sail will cost about £425.
Training or replica sails are also available at much lower cost than the class legal sails. The training sails are not class legal so will not be suitable for bigger sailing events. For most club sailing replica sails will be accepted.
Sailing Fast: supplies class legal laser gear in Scotland
Rooster Sailing: good for mail order, supplies all kinds of Laser gear as well as sailing and general chandlery
Maldon Sailboats: replica laser parts, good prices
Pinnell and Bax: wide selection of chandlery and clothing for mail order