The Laser Funboat is designed for the newcomer for sailing or for general fun sailing. Its an extremely simple boat to rig, maintain and sail. It can rigged very quickly by simply sliding the sail along the mast, pop the mast into the boat and the rudder on the back and your are on your way.
The hull is made from Tecrothene A122 provides a unique combination of strength and rigidity. It is easy to repair and highly resistant to scratching/impact damage. This means that owner can sail the funboat up a beach without worry. As for maintenance, five minutes with a jet wash from time to time will do the job.
The shape and design of Laser Funboat means maximum stability, ease of sailing and fun for all. There's lots of stability wherever passengers sit. Most small boats have a centerboard that needs to be lowered when going afloat - and raised when coming back. Funboat's unique shape means there's no need for a centerboard. So no hassle leaving or returning to the beach. The boom is very high which means lots of room underneath.
Stability is reassuring for beginners, but shallow tray shaped cockpit uncomfortable for the less fit. Good for two people sunbathing and bobbing about, though.
Performance is maddeningly slow in light winds. It is impossible to tack through the wind in light airs and unreliable even in a moderate breeze. You have to gybe most of the time. Most fun and reassuringly stable in stronger winds.
This dinghy does exactly what it says on the sail, its fun and a boat!! I have sailed this in force 5 and is stable with or without crew (even with a total weight over 30st). Tacking in light winds is difficult so just gybe round. Great fun for adults and kids learning to sail.
We have sailed one of these most days whilst on our holidays in Greece and had a great time in it. Because it feels so stable and safe I even took my 3 year old daughter out and she loved it. In light winds it almost always stalls half way through a tack but to continue you simply push the sail out on the windward side, push the tiller the opposite way and reverse the boat onto the new tack, then continue as normal. Great for trips to the beach too because of the lack of a centreboard. Gybing is childsplay and the boat never felt as though it would capsize.