Laser Vago Sailing Dinghy

Laser Vago sailing dinghy The Laser Vago dinghy was designed by Jo Richards, based on his extensive knowledge of roto-moulded products and his reputation for designing a range of small boats including the world's most popular roto-moulded boat - the Pico.

The Laser Vago incorporates versatility with sail combinations for a range of different sailing environments. The sub-chine area of the hull is designed in a way to promote early planing, whilst the tuned rocker profile enhances manoeuvrability. At deck level the sides have been flared out to provide good righting moment, enhancing buoyancy, whether hiking or on the trapeze and offers added space in the crew cockpit area. The Vago comes in two versions one of them has more sail area and a trapeze.

The Laser Vago dinghy is constructed from a Polyethylene Tri-Skin foam sandwich offering durability, and a hard wearing exterior which means maintenance is kept to an absolute minimum. The shape offers outstanding performance.

The Laser Vago has a high boom giving more crew space and a simple layout with all control lines being easy to locate and use. The mainsail operates on a one line reefing system – pulling on one control line slab reefs the mainsail to 70 of its original size – this feature, coupled with a roller furling jib means a quick increase or decrease in sail power.


Length : 4.20m
Beam : 1.56m
Sail Area : 22.04m sq total

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Laser Vago  Dinghy comments and advice



Hi
Does anyone experience on this boat?
Thanks



Yeah it is one of the best boats i have ever sailed.. extremely fast and so much fun! you should definetly try it!!


The Laser Vago in standard form is really forgiving and rewarding to sail. alone or double handed. in XD form she can be a bit of a handfull but leaves you grining. I went for both main sail sizes to give me to most use in all conditions.


I've just bought the XD version but also with the Standard mainsail for really windy conditions.

The main feature I focused on was the ease of use for my wife who is learning to trapeze. The foot bars inside the hull lend themselves to easy trapezing especially for those who are short in the leg.

I think Laser need to look at the handicap for XD a little more closely. 1000PY is a bit low. Really it should be around 1030-1040 given the sail plan. Another gripe would be the main sheet load in anything more than a force 2, even with an extra pulley block, the main can be heavy to haul in.


I bought the Vago XD a few months ago, then subsequently bought the smaller mainsail too.

After some initial uncertainty, I'm now super-happy. Basically I found the boat a delight with two people, but a bit of a handful when single-handed. In particular, a couple of experiences when I've been tired and the boat has capsized and then turned turtle were a little too fun.

But having got used to the boat more, and increased my confidence with the smaller mainsail, I have to say I'm now completely convinced it's the right boat for me. The experience of planing for the first time, single-handed with XD rig and gennaker, was like nothing else: you just feel you're a master of the universe!

I've still not stood up properly on the trapeze; if you haven't before, then I'd recommend the smaller mainsail, at least till you build up confidence.

As I said at the beginning, though, to think now that I have a boat which is both exhilarating to take out solo or with crew, but at the same time safe enough that in a few years' time I'll be able to take my daughter out too - not only does it do what it says on the tin, but I really think I couldn't have chosen better.


I've been sailing the Laser Pico for 3 years on the North Coast of Ireland off the beach.I'm thinking of buying a Standard Vago & as I sail 75% of the time on my own some have been saying to just stay with the Pico as it is handy off the beach & the vago is a 2 person boat.But I want to step it up a bit.
Question- can it be sailed OK with one person.Whilst I am adventurous I am safety conscous.


I've been sailing the Laser Pico for 3 years on the North Coast of Ireland off the beach.I'm thinking of buying a Standard Vago & as I sail 75% of the time on my own some have been saying to just stay with the Pico as it is handy off the beach & the vago is a 2 person boat.But I want to step it up a bit.
Question- can it be sailed OK with one person.Whilst I am adventurous I am safety conscous.


I have just bought the Laser Vago and am struggling a bit at the moment. To be fair the wind has been a bit stong for me. I use a mast bouyancy bag to prevent her from turning turtle. It also enables me to climb up onto the boat after I have capsized, using the shrouds and mast as steps. I was told to spray all the fittings with silicon spray, which I did. I made a mistake and did not prevent some of the silicon spray from landing on the deck, consequently making it very slippery and awkard to sail at the moment. I've tried using fairy liquid to remove it but this has not helped. Does anyone know what is the best way to remove the unwanted silicon from the deck?
Pete


I Bought the vago a couple of months ago to teach my wife how to trapeze, The first outing in reasonable wind on our own the boat felt responsive and easy to use. Within a day we were three sail reaching and gybing. Joined the local club and went racing. As sods law will dictate the first few weekends were very light wind and we were left wallowing around at the back. Not a good light wind boat by any strentch of the imagination. To solve the problem bought a second hand laser 4000 for the lighter stuff. Went to the club again on Sunday, Sods law again plays it's hand. It's blowing old boots and we decide to take the vago> only five boats start from thr entry of 17. The boat was superb. Loved every moment we were out. Goes like the clappers. Easy to put the kite up and down and easy to get her upright after the obvios swim or seven. I do have the XD version and can see no point in the smaller rig. There is a tendancy for the geneker halyard to get in a mess which did help us swim some more. Overall very pleased with the boat but will reserve her for high winds when in a mixed fleet. It will probably be ok in the light stuff when class racing. I'm 80 kilos and my wife 64. I could do with knowing what rig tensions she will take. Does anybody know.



If you are serious about skiff racing you should just save your money and go buy a 9er skiff. 49ers are the current double handed olympic class and the 29er will soon be the womens double handed so why not jump on the band wagon eh? They are faster, more intense and olympic classes. Think about it... its worth the extra few thousand bucks. www.29er.org www.49er.org


You'll go faster more stably in a 3000. The Laser 3000 is bombproof, and the new Vandercraft 3000 startlingly quick. Fit a Gnav and aft bridle and you've even got bags of space.
For what I thought of the Vago after two club races in a demo XD, see here my entry of 28/082005 here:
http://www.3000class.org.uk/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=509
My crew for the day was not a 3000 man, and said later he thought my assessment there was 'very fair'.


I'm sailing my Vago single handed until the weather warms up for my crew and have say it's excellent in light winds. In the heavy stuff I'm struggling on my own with the XD rig but have the standard for when it gusts to F5.
Once you spend time learning how to sail it, the Vago's a great, versatile and forgiving boat.


I absolutely love my Vago it does what it says on the packet and is ultra versatile and really good exciting fun without being difficult.

Seems to attract more than its fair share of criticism through being plastic and slower to react to the wind than some. But these are mainly die hard racers who are missing the point of the Vago - it's a fun boat for learning performance sailing and I for one won't get bored with it inside 100 years!

Si Taylor


I wouldn't recommend a 29er to beginners - and not to anyone if they're a bit heavy; it's a magnificent boat for athletic light weights.

The Vago is a totally different beast. Despite being quite tippy, its weight holds it back. Though it feels quite quick, it's mostly splash and noise and the handicap has recently been raised from around 1000 to around 1050 (nearer laser 2000 speed than 29er or 3000 or Buzz).

The deck has a lot of structure in it, disguised as seats, (to stiffen the plastic hull I guess) which makes the inside a bit cluttered and the high freeboard prevents it from being an ideal trapeze boat - but it's too powerful in XD mode to work without a trapeze.

The tough plastic hull is nice (though it will scuff -look at an older pico or topaz) and the centre board is easier to handle than the more usual dagger.

But in the end 3000s are easier to sail, 3000s and Buzzes are much cheaper 2nd hand (even with a suite of spanking new sails) and not much more than a Vago when new, and they're both faster too.

Conclusion: a valliant attempt at a performance rotomould that doesn't quite cut the mustard. Bettered by older classes.


9ers are great if you have the money, the time and a REGULAR CREW.
I bought my Vago so I could learn to trapeze and fly the kite... and still race with a handicap if I was single or double handed.
At the start of the year I got all the jokes from the RS200 people about a plastic boat, but by June I was sailing single handed on the wire with the kite up, righting the boat after a 3 sail capsize in 20 seconds without getting my feet wet... and getting some really envious looks from the former 'mickey' takers.

I bought my vago for it's versatility and fun value. I'm very happy with my choice.


The vago seems to be a sore point with the L3000 community, I'm not sure why. I have sailed both and enjoyed sailing both. No boat is perfect but I enjoy sailing my vago single handed or with crew and that is the point. The boat more than meets my expectations and the numbers own by private individuals and racing each other is growing fast. we enjoy racing each other!


I do enjoy this boat, although i would say it is more a 2 man boat than 1.Also in the picture there is 2 people in the boat.

Therefor the laser vago should be put in the
2 crew boat so that people know it is a 2 crewed boat.



I sail the Vago both with a crew and just won the Inland Nationals sailing single handed, so don't be put off by one photograph :) The Vago is a versatile and very enjoyable boat.


I bought my Vago second hand. I wanted a boat that was tough, but performed well along with facilitys to trapeze and use an assymetric spinnaker. I had previous experience with laser 1 and 2 but wanted to advance my skills.

On first getting afloat with the Vago I found it to be very responsive but not aggresive. The XD rig takes some getting used to though, I sail single handed mostly. If you put in the effort the Vago will reward you, its quite forgiving and learning to use the assymetric has been a lot of fun (remember to bear away if getting overpowered!).

Use a float, tie this to the head of the sail...this way if you get capsized with spinnaker out you will have time to restow this before righting the boat. Any inverted boat with spinnaker deployed is a nightmare to right...and single handed it can be dangerous.

Other than that, the Vago is tough, make sure to get the standard sail though, the XD is good but in a real blow its very overpowering.


Having had a Vago for 12 months, it's clear to me that if you single hand, you need to trapeze as hiking is not enough. I sail on a small pond and got it as it was versatile to enable 1-up and 2-up sailing. I found that the compromise approach to boat selection is just that... a compromise. So I'd say a Vago suits if you always have crew or space to trapeze.

In terms of how it sails, I found it quite twitchy when sailing and having recently moved to a Vareo this has been particularly noticeable. To me, the Vareo tracks better and is more stable to sail particularly when gusty. It was also noticeable how quickly a GRP boat picks up speed compared to the plastic and planes much earlier.

The Vareo main is almost the same size as the XD, but carries the area lower in the sail which means I can sail (not just survive!) single handed in much higher winds in the RS (would need to trapeze in Vago).

However, I did enjoy sailing the Vago. It offers a lot of options. The only thing I would say is that if you work out what you want to do for the majority of the time, there may be a better choice and I suggest anyone thinking about it because they may want the option to do this or that to consider 2 boats, borrowing/hiring a boat for those limited occasions.








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