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post #39 of Old 03-21-2013
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Re: Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

Had lazy jacks on all prior boats. On new one went with Dutchman system. Can't safely single without some way to control main on boat this size. Was brought up to never put a hole in a sail but surprisingly Dutchman done right doesn't wear the sail. Having sail flake as it comes down makes reefing easier as well. With hard bimini and hard dodger wanted to keep sail above boom. Going off shore didn't like losing ability to use vang as occurs with in boom furling systems. Being concerned about having the right angle between boom and mast as well as point of sail bugged me. Also believe it's more important to be able to get sail down then up so don't like in mast furling having had one get stuck on a passage back from Bermuda. Think having Dutchman or lazy jacks a safety feature and worth the expense and hassle. With Dutchman can use as extra halyard in worse case scenario way I have it rigged. Can bring all string forward to use trysail should need arise.

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