Note on Sail Numbers
- Fits standard rig
- Class Legal
- Sail #s included and installed for FREE
- Includes folded sail bag
: All Laser sailboats have an ISAF issued sail number. This number can be found on a sticker on the aft wall of the cockpit. Sail numbers are required for sanctioned racing events to assist with scoring. Country codes are only required at international events.
Laser Sails – Hyde vs. North
- Hyde sails are made in the Philippians and Norths are made in Sri Lanka. They are both cut to the
same specifications to produce an identical shape using the exact same panel sizes/cuts. Both use the
same weight cloth (3.8oz dacron).
- Hyde is flaked 24” wide from luff to leech and measures 24”x10” when folded.
- North is flaked 20” wide from Leech to Luff and measures 20”x12” when folded.
- Hyde - The Laser Logo is screened on the Starboard Side
- North – The Laser Logo is screened on the Port Side
- North sails are usually supplied with a small pack of tell-tails, Hydes are not.
Real World Experience:
- Hyde Has More Resin - There are some small physical differences between the two sails. The question is what is 'perceived'
different, and what is actually physically different. If you feel both sails side by side, the biggest
difference is that, generically speaking, the Hyde sails feel more 'slick'. The rumor is that there is more
resin injected into the cloth, so the sail holds a shape better and is more durable.
- Hyde Sails Have a Tighter Leach - The Laser sail is very low tech compared to any modern sail design/cut/manufacturing. With that,
there are some variations observable over a batch of say... 40-50 sails. The panels are uniform, but
there could be small variations at the edges of each panel as it is cut. Additionally, as the panels
attached to each other, there is a small margin for error that can sometime be seen.
- Hyde Cost More, so they must be better - Hyde and North's probably cost about the exact same to manufacture (not much in either case!).
Hyde Sails just seem to have a longer distance to travel as they go through the UK before coming to the
US. There was a rumor that the VAT tax added to the price, but that costs should be removed once a
product is exported from the UK.
Many of our customers swear by Hyde for serious racing because they last longer and have a better
shape. The flip side is that some of our customers prefer the initial 'setup' of the North, even if it is
perceived to have a slightly shorter lifespan.
Keep in mind, we are dealing on the fringes of what is real and what is perceived. Top level sailors
will go fast with either sail and intermediate sailors get a big boost from a new sail no matter what the
brand. If you care for each sail the same, keep it clean and be careful not to flog it needlessly at the
dock or while sailing, either brand should deliver solid and very similar results over it's lifespan.