Laser 2000 (dinghy)
|LOA||4.44 metres (14.6 ft)|
|Beam||1.77 metres (5.8 ft)|
|Mast height||6.27 metres (20.6 ft)|
|Mainsail area||8.66 square metres (93.2 sq ft)|
|Jib / Genoa area||3.04 square metres (32.7 sq ft)|
|Spinnaker area||10.12 square metres (108.9 sq ft)|
The Laser 2000 is a performance sailing dinghy designed and sold by LaserPerformance (formerly Performance Sailcraft). It combines a traditional GRP hull and foam sandwich deck moulding with a modern asymmetric rig including a furling jib, reefing mainsail and single line gennaker hoist system.
A high boom provides plenty of headroom whilst the self-draining cockpit keeps the crew dry and drains quickly should the boat capsize.
The 2000 has established an enviable record as a resilient and versatile design; docile and forgiving for novices yet an exhilarating sail for more advanced sailors.
Since its introduction in 1998 more than 2,200 boats have been built.
The Laser 2000 was commissioned by Performance Sailcraft and designed by Phil Morrison in 1997 and launched in 1998. The design was informed by Morrison's earlier experimental Gemini design he had designed and built with Bill Twine and Nick Lightbody at Berwick in Sussex UK in 1979. Only 3 Geminis were constructed. The Laser 2000 external hull shape is very similar to the Gemini but the construction and rig is much improved.
The hull is built from glass-reinforced plastic foam sandwich and the spars from aluminium. The hull has been made in a range of colours but so far the deck moulding and hull below waterline have always been Vela Grey. The most common topsides are Purple, Navy Blue and Race Blue, but examples of Yellow, Charcoal Grey and Vela Grey (generally known as 'White') boats can also be found.
The Laser 2000 hosts a number of convenience and family-oriented features:
- Single-line hoist system for the gennaker
- Furling jib allows easy storage of jib for downwind sailing and single-handed operation
- Configurable for single- or double-handed sailing
- Foam sandwich hull construction uses glass-reinforced plastics to save weight and increase buoyancy over plywood & fiberglass construction
- Large cockpit allows for up to four passengers, suitable for competitive or pleasure sailing
- A single trapeze system, with lower shrouds, is available, though this must be removed for events run under the class rules.