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SailNet 04-05-2001 08:00 PM

Dutchman vs. Lazy Jacks Pros and Cons
<HTML><!-- eWebEditPro --><P>As a way of educating the sailing consumer, the manufacturer of The Dutchman System offers the following analysis of his product relative to lazy jacks.&nbsp; </P><P><STRONG>Lazy Jacks Vs. The Dutchman System</STRONG></P><P>Both Systems:</P><UL><LI>Have no effect on performance. <LI>Have no effect on sail shape (if properly adjusted). <LI>Will keep the sail from falling off boom. <LI>Are very reliable, non-mechanical, with little risk of failure. <LI>Are easily repaired in any port in the world for very little money. <LI>Both normally require slits in the sailcover, but each also offers&nbsp;versions so that lines&nbsp;can&nbsp;be brought forward, eliminating the need for slits in the sailcover. <LI>Full battens make either system work better.&nbsp;(A stiff sail is more&nbsp;important than full battens with the Dutchman.) <LI>Well proven for offshore use.&nbsp;<BR></LI><STRONG></STRONG></UL><P><STRONG>Knocks Against Lazy Jacks</STRONG></P><UL><LI>This system doesn't flake the sail, it just&nbsp;collects it into a pile on the boom. </LI><LI>Can make it harder to flake some sails&nbsp;because lines have to be released to get them out of the way to neatly flake sail. <LI>Can make the sail hard to reach on boats with high booms, since sail piles up on top of the boom. <LI>Tend to put sharp creases in the sails, which can shorten its&nbsp;life span. <LI>Will often catch the sail as it's raised and lowered, especially if boat<BR>is&nbsp;not head-to-wind. <LI>Can chafe sail, since they are unrestrained all the way up, or&nbsp;require loosening&nbsp;and being brought forward when sailing to avoid chafe. <LI>If brought forward, require an additional step for reefing (deploying lines)<BR></LI></UL><STRONG></STRONG><P><STRONG>Points in Favor of Lazy Jacks&nbsp;</STRONG></P><UL><LI>Tend to work better with softer fabrics/older sails. <LI>Least expensive solution. <LI>Owner can easily make them up. <LI>Can be rigged by owner. <LI>Simplest system. <LI>Very well proven (over 1,000 years old) <LI>Only system that works on gaff-rigged boats. <LI>May be more appropriate on&nbsp;traditional boats.<BR></LI></UL><P><STRONG>Knocks Against The Dutchman System</STRONG>&nbsp;&nbsp;</P><UL><LI>$200 to $300 more costly than lazy jacks. <LI>Initial adjustment very important. <LI>Must be carefully installed by a skilled sailmaker.<BR>Not as effective with older, soft sails. <LI>Not suitable for gaff-rigged boats. <LI>Adjustment more critical with Freedom/catamaran type roaches extending<BR>out three to four feet or more.<BR></LI></UL><P><STRONG>Points in Favor of The Dutchman System</STRONG></P><UL><LI>Works&nbsp;well with sails made of stiff, high-performance fabrics. <LI>Allows sail to be loosely flaked, no sharp creases, better for sail. <LI>Lines run through fairleads about every 30 inches do not touch sail, with little/no chafe potential when sailing <LI>Will not catch sail as it's raised and lowered, can do so even beyond a beam<BR>reach by easing main,&nbsp;sheeting in jib as needed to blow sail off spreaders. <LI>Well proven; sold since 1986. <LI>Standard on Catalina Yachts since 1993, recommended by most performance boatbuilders like J/Boats, SantaCruz Yachts, Sabre, etc. <LI>Always in place to assist with reefing.&nbsp;Intermediate reef points normally&nbsp;not needed. <LI>Easiest system to use; a few tugs (10-20 seconds) are all that's needed to straighten the sail.</LI></UL></HTML>

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