Formerly the Laser 3000, and now built by Vander Craft. The Laser 3000 has always been very popular with schools, colleges, training and teaching establishments as well as holiday companies.
The Laser 3000 Association approached Jeff Vander Borght as they were keen to see the 3000 survive after Laser ceased production. Laser were very positive and helpful to maintain production and after-sales support. An agreement was reached with Laser and the designers allowing Vander Craft to take over production.
Vander Craft see the market developing for the committed racer, ideally suited towards couples, smaller adults and/or child combinations - 90 to 160kg weight range. The Class Association identified a number of shortfalls with the original design and these were rectified by Vander Craft who also made further improvements, that can be retro-fitted to older boats.
New features include:
- A Gnav, (upside down kicker) which vastly improves cockpit space for the crew.
- Off-the-Boom mainsheet (Skiff style).
- The fully sealed Proctor/ Selden mast reduces the tendency to invert in a capsize.
- New North sails with improved head design and modern appearance.
- The new design Gennaker - slimmer and taller allowing much closer wind angle.
- The larger roach jib with battens and efficient overlap improving light wind performance.
- The Gennaker pole now exits the bow; (previously it was off-set to one side).
- The new tack bar is made of stainless steel.
- Hull in Epoxy resin and foam sandwich to improve performance in the light-medium conditions.
- This produces a very stiff, strong and light boat weighing in at 55 kg.