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I have used lazy jacks on my Allied Mistress 39 for about 16 years. I feel they are a major convenience when sailing double handed with my wife and an absolute necessity when single handing. (I have covered almost all the East Coast single handed). I have rarely had any hangups and when I did they were minor. The alternative of nothing would be much more difficult and the Dutchman alternative way too expensive and short lived.
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Question. With either lazy of easy jacks, how much interference am I going to have with the lines for triple slab (jiffy) reefing? The number of lines and hardware makes me think of rigging a square rigged yard on my model Cuttysark.
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Question. What kind of problems could you expect with either lazy or easy jacks and three reef slab/jiffy reefing lines and fittings? Seems like a lot of things to go wrong by interfering with each other.
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Are you guys with lazy jacks saying that you wouldn't take a Dutchman system over them if price was NOT a consideration?? I've sailed on boats with both and find that amazing. Never have used the "E-Z Jacks" though so thay may be a better solution.
TXS...one of the nice things about the Dutchman is that once youve installed it...there are no lines to futz with under sail or when you are reefing....and yes it does cost more... as does a mainsail track system which I would recommend with lazy jacks or the Dutchman. Hell...if money were no object for you I'd recommend a boom furler with an electric halyard winch and infinite reefing possibilities and nothing to mess with around the sail. They all work...and ya pays yer money and takes yer chances!
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Cam, I have a StackPack, with a full batten main and StrongTrack. For myself, I like the setup. I don't have a problem with raising or lowering the sail. I tighten it up inside the cover, zip it up, and that's all it takes. Don't have to stow the cover or need sail ties.

I've seen the E-Z Jacks on a Cat 22, and it does seem like an easy to use system, but I would still (unless I could afford in-boom furling) stick with what I have. It works for me. What else can you ask?
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John...I like a stack pack even better than Dutchman or Lazy-Jacks. No argument from me...just a bit more expensive. If I didn't have boom furling I'd have a stack pack or similar.
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Are you saying that you could make the system for less than $30.00????? I don't think so.

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Cam - I needed a new main anyway, that's why I sprang for the StackPack. Didn't hurt that there was a Doyle Loft here and that they did a very thorough job all the way from discussing what I needed to putting it on the boat.
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Question. What kind of problems could you expect with either lazy or easy jacks and three reef slab/jiffy reefing lines and fittings? Seems like a lot of things to go wrong by interfering with each other.
E-Z-Jacks make reeking easier I think because I don't always find it necessary to truss up the sail at the reef points, and when I do the E-Z-Jacks temporarily capture the sail.
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