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I was thinking about installing lazy jacks on my boat and was looking at my boom and saw i think may be regiments of a system installed by a previous owner. Would it be wise to build my own using the old parts to cut costs, have the yard install as I would have to climb the mast ( i hate heights) or buy a new one and install it myself?
How hard is it is the second question

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If you are handy - do it yourself. It is not a difficult job at all. Lots of references online.

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Re: lazy Jack question

We bought the materials for our Lazy-Jacks piecemeal, from various vendors.
Installed it ourselves. Cheaper than any of the "kits".
Only need to get to just above the mast spreaders.
Not so high.

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Re: lazy Jack question

Mine came with our current boat, but it sure looks like an easy DIY project. Costs would be some thin line, a few small padeyes and two to four small blocks. Going up the mast is never easy, but as CalebD says, you don't have to go to the top.

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Re: lazy Jack question

I did it on my boat, and believe that there were vestigial components (fairleads and blocks on the mast) from a previous owner. I did the install after the boat was hauled, and while I had the mast pulled. I was also able to install a new VHF antenna, new co-ax cable, new anchor light, and new (spare) halyard because the mast was down.


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I think if you do it either way, you'll be glad you did!

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After looking at boats, I can't imagine not having them, no matter the trouble or expense of putting them on....
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After looking at boats, I can't imagine not having them, no matter the trouble or expense of putting them on....
I took them off of my boat a few years ago. I have yet to miss them.
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Re: lazy Jack question

Consider EZ Jax, they retract so your battens don't get hung up when raising your sail.

Lazy Jack System - EZ-JAX

I prefer the blocks on the spreaders so you don't get the mast slap, or at least as much.

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Consider EZ Jax, they retract so your battens don't get hung up when raising your sail.

Lazy Jack System - EZ-JAX

I prefer the blocks on the spreaders so you don't get the mast slap, or at least as much.
I bought these for the Mac a few years ago at the show here in Annapolis . He told me he'd have them to me in time to install before I left for Fl two months later. Four months later and two additional promissed delivery dates missed, he was not answering phone calls or emails. I posted on here thinking that maybe he went out of business. They finally show up around March. Great concept but would not buy from him again. Make your own, you’d just need a longer control line from the spreaders to the deck
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