I installed a lazy jack system on my boat recently, upgrading the one from the factory, and it cost all of $125 or so.
150' line $39 on sale at WM
8 padeyes $20
6 1" ss rings 30
2 Harken micro blocks $20
16 3/16" x 1/4" ss Pop rivets
Works just fine. System has four legs and looks basically like this drawing.
For furling the mainsail, I ran a piece of shock cord through the four padeyes on each side. The shock cord on one side had three hooks threaded on it, one between each pair of padeyes. To furl the mainsail, I drop the main, reach over the boom and grab the shock cord, and pull it over and hook it on the hook. Keeps the sail neatly bundled on top of the boom. The shock cord and hooks probably cost all of $20.
So for less than $150, I have a four-leg lazy jack setup and a mainsail furling system that is dead simple to use. The sail cover just goes over the whole system.
You can spend $900 if you want... or you can do this.
Sailingdog: As far as cost goes, I looked into a stand-alone (harken, I think) lazy jack system and it was cheeper, but not by a huge magnitude. I kind of like the idea of not having to put on the sail cover - zipping up the mackpack after droping the sail apeals to MY lazy side.
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