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Does anyone have any recent experience with purchasing and installing a Mack Pack for their mainsails? I'm seriously considering this as an option to improve sail handling on our Omega 36 and would like to hear from someone who's gone down this road before me.

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The main problem with a stack pack type cover, especially if you have the lines led back to the cockpit, is that the Mack Pack makes it difficult to see when you've got good shape on the reefed mainsail. Other than that, they're quite good for main sail furling and control.

However, you can get almost the same amount of control with a good lazy jack system. The Mack Pack is pretty expensive, given what it does.
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Dog I am not sure that I have ever seen a stack pack on a furling main. How would that work?
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By furling, I mean when you're storing the main on the boom when you're at anchor—not that the boat had a boom or mast furling main, since that is the definition of furling a sail...See this wikipedia entry or see these definitions of the word.
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I guess, when it comes to mainsails, furling is the same as flaking...
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Dave, there is in mast furling and boom roller furling for mains. I have a stack pack on my boat with jiffy reefing. I highly recommend the set up. I am not sure how the words reefing, furling and flaking can be used interchangeably.
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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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Dave just unzip the the stack pack and you ready hoist sail. when it's come time to douse the sail just release the halyard and she flakes in the right in the bag in 30 seconds you zip it up and are done. I like lazy to!
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OK - so you're really selling me on the idea. Do I have to drill and tap or can I just drill and use pop rivets for the hardware?
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