Vapor Optimist


The Vapor Optimist is the most popular racing sailboat for juniors.

The Vapor Optimist has been designed to be safe, durable and competitive. The skills the Optimist fosters can be directly translated into other classes later on.

The VAPOR – Why is it different from all the rest?

The Vapor Optimist is built in the US alongside the Laser, Sunfish and 420, among several other siblings. The expertise in our factory is unparalleled in the sport of sailing. As we began to see the docks crowd with Optimists from all around the globe, we set a goal for ourselves. Let’s apply our knowledge to build the best possible Optimist we know how. Oh, and let’s not charge people an arm and a leg for it.


  • Length : 7.70 ft / 2.35 m
  • Beam : 3.70 ft / 1.13 m
  • Draft : 3.20 ft / 0.98 m
  • Sail Area : 35.00 ft / 3.25 m
  • Hull Weight : 77.00 lb / 34.93 kg
  • Capacity : 1-2 people
  • Skill Level : beginner-advanced
  • Race Level : club-international
  • Optimal Weight : 75/100lb / 34/45kg
  • Transport : cartoppable


Standard Features


    The Hull

    Our hull is made from the finest materials available and to the exacting standards of our engineers. We’ve chosen a biaxial stitched fiberglass cloth with a +/- 45º orientation that allows for maximum torsional strength, stiffness and durability. The resins and gel coat we use are the best in the industry. They are selected for their consistent set-up and durability. In addition, we use Plexus to bond all high stress areas, including the hull/deck joint and thwart. This process increases durability without adding a lot of weight.
    We also used our extensive knowledge in marine manufacturing to develop the most precise and fairest molds and jigs on the market. This has the added benefit of eliminating the use of putty to match components. Throughout the manufacturing process we pay close attention to consistency. This means we don’t have to mix and match components to make weight. Our boats come out right the first time or they don’t make it to the water.
    The Components
    Finally we’ve matched our state of the art hull with the very best hardware available on the market today.

    • New rule blades
    • Selden club rig
    • Harken blocks
    • Stainless steel mounting hardware
    • North training sail
    Vapor XD
    • Harken Blocks
    • Ronstan tapered mainsheet
    • Tebbertman (TEB) racing foils
    • Optimax MK IV racing rig
    • 48 liter airbags
    • Stainless steel mounting hardware
    • Zhik hiking strap
    • Opti Parts mast step and collar

Special Offers

Special Offers

For special offers and promotions, please see the new LaserPerformance ecommerce sites for North America and Europe.

Spare Parts

Rigging guide



  • Laser Optimist: $2,450 USD
  • Laser Optimist XD: $3,150 USD
  • Vapor Optimist XD: $3,250 USD

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Optional Features


  • The Vapor has a white hull and white sail; the Vapor XD will have a white hull with an orange and gray stripe.