Class History

The International Laser is one of the most popular singlehandlers in history. This physically demanding dinghy follows strict one-design regulations and tests a sailor’s endurance and finesse as much as tactical skill. The boat has changed little since Bruce Kirby’s original 1971 design, but Harken’s recent innovations are now class legal. The 15:1 cascaded vang, 10:1 cunningham, and low-friction clew sleeve make fine-tune adjustments a breeze. laser-sailplan.gif

Boat Specifications

LOA 4.23 m (14 ft)
Beam 1.42 m (4.6 ft)
Draft 0.9 m (2.9 ft)
Mast Height 5.9 m (19 ft)
Sail Area 7.06 sq m (76 sq ft)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)



Laser deck layout2698 - 18 mm T2 block2698 - 18 mm T2 block466 - 25 mm wire forkhead block2158 - 18 mm T2 double block2158 - 18 mm T2 double block376 - 16 mm forkhead block468 - Micro cam cleat476 - Micro X-Treme Angle fairlead468 - Micro cam cleat468 - Micro cam cleat2135 - 57 mm Carbo ratchet block

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2698 18 mm T2 blockThe 18 mm T2

This tiny, impact-resistant soft-attach block features a stainless grooved race and stainless balls for a maximum working load of 125 kg (275 lb). The 18 mm T2 blocks are perfect for the control lines and on the boom for the outhaul.

Harken Laser mainsheet blocksMainsheet Blocks

Harken’s class-approved system brings the low-friction smoothness of ball bearings to your boom and traveler blocks.




Enjoy power and efficiency with the class-legal 15:1 Laser vang. You'll get the most out of the boat regardless of your size.


Clew Sleeve

Pulling the sail flush with the boom, the low-friction clew sleeve slides smoothly without binding. Rigging is fast and simple; the hook locks the clew securely in a single motion.

The Harken Laser clew sleeve, Laser vang, and Laser mainsheet blocks are available through your Laser dealer. Dealer listings available at

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