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Re: boom kicker, anyone?
I find lazy jacks as annoying as they are helpful on a boat this size. It is easy to flake a sail solo from the mast. I use my foot as a brake on the halyard to control the rate that the sail drops.
Lazy Jacks don't help the sail flake, they just sort of manage it as it falls, so if you care about keeping your sail neat and tidy you need to reflake it when you get back to the dock anyway.
You'll find lots of people who disagree with me. Try them on someone else's boat and make up your own mind.
If you are going to fix your gooseneck you should consider adding a cunningham and/or switching to a low-stretch halyard (<1%/dyneema based, not 3% stretch like Sta-Set or XLS, or 5% stretch like Novatech or Cajun XLE). Fixing the boom loses the ability to use the downhaul to control luff tension.
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