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Temporary lazy Jacks

This is our first season sailing our Edel 22'. It does not have lazy jacks.

My wife is not happy when dropping the main and that is influencing her enthusiasm for sailing in anything but becalmed conditions.

Unless I can find a ladder to lean on my mast I will not be able to get at my spreaders this season to make the upper attachment for lazy jacks.
The spreaders are not quite flat, in fact they are a slightly squished tube.

As they are tubes I was thinking of a temporary system. I could toss a rope over each spreader and run it down to the base of the mast where I would cleat each side. The other leg of the rope would extend back over the boom as the hypotenuse of the triangle that serves as the main support for the rest of the jacks.

During sailing, to keep the ropes from being pushed outwards / downwind by the sail, the ropes over the spreader may have to be snugged up a bit more than if they ran through a block off the spreader.

Do you think this would work?

Come haul out I will be dropping the mast so that I can inspect it for the first time since I got the boat last fall. I will properly install lazy jack hardware at this time. (and replace a broken windex, install new wiring)

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Re: Temporary lazy Jacks

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Should work out fine although you'll want to watch for chafe on the line as well as the spreaders (are they anodized / painted)? We've used 1/8" spectra as it's light and also very slippery. Spliced to double braid where it is cleated off.

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Re: Temporary lazy Jacks

Why is it your wife that has to drop the main? The inexperienced should be on the tiller just holding the boat into the wind. All that aside, with a 22ft boat you can drop the mast pretty easy just about anytime you need to work on it.

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Re: Temporary lazy Jacks

Even "real" lazy jacks can require a bit of trial and error to get them to work without problems. I would guess somethink like you propose would create more problems than it would solve. As noted, this is a 22 foot boat. With a little experience, this will become second nature. And yes, have the wife steer and you deal with the sail.
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Re: Temporary lazy Jacks

I agree with Denise...shouldn't be hard to drop the mast and make the changes. It seems intimidating, until you do it and realize that it really does only take 2 people. Search around for how to do this with an A-frame or gin pole. I used the A-frame method (two pieces of steel conduit that meet in a V; the forestay goes to the top of the V, and a line runs from the bottom of the V through a block (I used a cheapie from Harbor Freight) attached to the bow cleat and then run back around the winch) for my Catalina 25 and had my dad and brother there to help. It turned out to be so simple, I really didn't need my dad there.

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Re: Temporary lazy Jacks

Not sure why you need Lazy jacks on a 22 foot boat. just roll the sail and put it on the boom


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Good heavens .... a virtual love fest ..... maybe I should go bully some of the others into coming here and add their imprimatur. Agreeing not only with Denise but Jones and Chef as well. Heck, even Bob Perry and Brent could probably agree on this.

Oh yes and for what little it may be worth ... I'm also with Denise. Well said indeed. I_AmCdn you are almost certainly overcomplicating the issue.

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