The budget you have allocated for your laser dinghy is one of the 1st things you may consider. For people just getting into laser sailing, quite often they will buy a used or 2nd hand laser. At a lower price point, this is a good way to test whether or not you like the sport.
If you have decided that a 2nd hand laser is the best option for you, you still have to decide approximately how much you are willing to spend. Second-hand Laser dinghies come at a range of price points depending on their age, condition, accessories/extras, etc.
Boats that are relatively new and have been well looked after will naturally have a much higher asking price than one that has been raced hard, neglected, or has missing parts.
When you know how much money you are able to spend, there are a number of things that you have to consider when looking at various boats so that you don’t exceed your budget.
If you simply buy a boat, even if it is advertised as ready to sail, you may have to fork out more for extras that you may not have been initially aware of.
Some of the extras that you may want to look out for may include:
- Clothing – including wetsuit and/or rash vest, life jacket, hat, sunglasses, boots, gloves, etc. We have a lot of this gear in our store, so make sure you check it out here.
- Trailer – these can be hard and expensive to source. Ideally, if you need to transport your Laser, you want to purchase one that comes with a trailer. Trailers can also be bought new (more expensive) or 2nd hand (rare). If you are going to register the trailer, then the applicable fees should be considered. Click here to check out some new laser trailers
- Launching Trolley/Dolly – makes it much easier to launch. This allows you to launch your Laser single-handedly. Click here to check out some laser dollies
- Boat Cover – to protect your boat from dust, dirt, rain, etc (click here to check out some boat covers)
- Membership Fees – to sail and race out of a club, you will most probably need to become a member of that club. Contact your local club for details
- Missing/Broken Parts – any fittings or parts on the boat that are broken, not working properly or missing should also be considered. We have a variety of parts for your laser dinghy for you to check out. Click here for more information.
- Turbo Kit (additional blocks and new cleats/control lines enabling easier allowing easier adjustment of vang, cunningham, and outhaul) – not essential at beginner level but it’s good to have from day 1, as they are fairly expensive to buy new.