Laser Sailboat Cockpit Cover

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Project by johnstoneb posted 12-23-2016 02:37 PM 1218 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My SIL learned to sail on a Laser sailboat. The boat has been in storage for a several years. This summer he has a friend with a house and slip on the lake who wanted a boat. Dan got his Laser out of storage, his friend uses itat times for slip rent and Dan uses it at other times. I noticed when we got the boat that the cockpit cover was made out of exterior plywood and was the worse for wear. I took the measurements off the old cover and made a new one this winter.
I wanted to make it out of teak but after pricing teak, The boat itself is not worth that much. I went with Iroko which is much more reasonable in price and looks a lot like teak. I glued up a panel scraped the glue off flattend it and finished it with Teak oil. I just need to get it to Coeur’d’Alene for Christmas.

Updated picture showing cover in place and rack for the spars I made. Thanks to tootles for the idea on the rack.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 12-23-2016 03:40 PM

Something different than a “Clockenspiel”


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#2 posted 12-23-2016 03:47 PM

Pretty cool. Would like to see it in place.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 04:43 PM

Nice work Bruce, that cover will be a boat saver. By the way it is snowing now in Coeur d’Alene. Winter is here in North Idaho!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 05:52 PM

The beautiful cover will be on a gorgeous lake too! Nice match!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 12-23-2016 06:21 PM

Lee snowing here also.
When I get it up there will try to get a picture in place.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 12-23-2016 09:30 PM

That is beautiful timber…

Hot. Hot, Hot here so a day of sailing on the water would be perfect!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#7 posted 12-23-2016 09:53 PM

3” new snow and the water is hard here.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 12-24-2016 05:47 AM

I’d also love to see a photo with it in the boat. I used to own and sail a Laser, but only ever had a canvas cover that went over the whole boat.

How do you hold it in place? Just by its own weight?

And then a suggestion – it would probably be a really useful upgrade to install some sort of rack to hold the three spars on top of the cover. As a bonus, their weight would help hold the cover down if you are not tying it in place.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#9 posted 12-24-2016 11:52 AM

It will just sit there. This boat will only be on the water or winter storage. They have a J25 on Lake Pend Oreille for recreation and racing. The rack for the spars is a good idea. When I get it up there. I will talk with SIL and see what we can do.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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