Laser Performance
Laser 5000

The Laser 5000 is a powerful double-handed dinghy. She was inspired by Australian 18 Footer and she uses some of their extreme attributes including a huge asymmetric spinnaker without snuffer or wings made of tubes leaving a space between the rack and the gunwale. She was part of the 11 shortlisted skiffs, by ISAF in 1996 as Olympic dinghy, the 49er was selected.

Although she is fast, the Laser 5000 is also designed to allow everyone to sail, she is equipped with adjustable racks to compensate the weight and height of the crew members, and for smaller it is possible to fit baby bars, intermediate bars. To keep an affordable price, the construction is simple (only the deck is made of sandwich) and spars are aluminum.

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Main Features

ShipyardLaser Performance
ModelLaser 5000
Sailboat typeDinghy
DesignerPhil Morisson
Building years1992
Number built≈300
ConstructionGlass fiber/polyester, monolithic hull, sandwich deck
Appendage typeDaggerboard
Rudder bladeSingle transom hung rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Length over all24.9 ft
Hull length16.4 ft
Beam over all10.0 ft
Beam folded6.2 ft
Draft (max./min.)3.6 / 1.8 ft
Mast length27.9 ft
Light displacement375 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit
Upwind sailarea224 ft²
Downwind sailarea517 ft²
Mainsail area162 ft²
Jib area62 ft²
Spinnaker area355 ft²


Upwind sailarea / displacement1318.9 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement3041.1 ft²/Ton
Trapezes2 set(s)

Portsmouth-YardstickPortsmouth Yardstick is an empirical system of handicapping used for small sailboat (dinghies included).


D-PND-PN is a variation of Portsmouth Yardstick used in the United States.


Based on specification2011

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