I have contracted to buy a new home in Gonzales, LA, and my back yard is on a fairly large lake (~1 mile long and 300 yards wide. I think a laser would be a good boat for this lake, since it would be fun to sail and just barely large enough to handle a second (small) sailor. I may also want to sail it on some of the larger lakes in the area, such as Lake Maurepas or Lake Pontchatrain. I'm not going to race it, but I have done quite a bit of racing previously, so I am a bit of stickler for quality hardware, sails, lines, etc. However, I don't want to spend money like I'm going to campaign the boat. Also, my closing is not until 3/15, and I will not be looking seriously until after I am totally moved in and settled. Like Mr. Fanberg, it seems like the New Orleans Yacht Club is a good place for me to look. Does anyone on this site have any suggestions or ideas that you would be willing to share?