Laser Performance
Laser 4000

The Laser 4000 is a two handed dinghy made for planning, a skiff. She is not, however, truly extreme and caters to a wide audience. The sail area and the weight remain moderate and the hull forms are tolerant. She owes her success to a number of interesting innovations that we now found on many dinghies: spinnaker snuffer coupled with retractable bowsprit, gnav system, replacing the vang, or a crew weight compensation system.

Lighter the crew is, more weight correctors are placed in the center, and they can extend the racks. These racks can enlarge the boat up to 2.30m – 7.6ft, for the lightest crew. The system allows crews between 59kg – 130lbs and 94kg – 207lbs to race equal in term of weight and hiking torque.

Today Laser 4000 is commonly called 4000. The dense fleet of the 2000s diminishes a bit but the original hot spots (France, UK and Italy) stay relatively active.

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Main Features

ShipyardLaser Performance
ModelLaser 4000
Sailboat typeDinghy
DesignerPhil Morisson
Building years (first/last)1995 / 2002
Number built≈650
CE regulationD-3
ConstructionSandwich foam/fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeDaggerboard
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length15.2 ft
Beam over all4.9 ft
Mast height23.3 ft
Light displacement260 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop
MastMast foot integrated on deck
Rig materialMast and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging material1x19 strand wire
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit
Upwind sailarea158 ft²
Downwind sailarea300 ft²
Mainsail area116 ft²
Jib area42 ft²
Spinnaker area184 ft²


Upwind sailarea / displacement1341.0 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement2545.0 ft²/Ton
Trapezes1 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.


Auxiliary engine

BrandNo engine

Based on specification2001

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