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We installed a Doyle Stack Pack at the beginning of this season. It is fantastic for all the reasons jrd22 listed. Like them, we also used to leave the main under the cover sometimes because it was such a hassle to get the old cover on and off. The stack pack makes it a breeze now. It is easy enough to slack the lazy jacks to avoid chafe. I only wish we would have done it sooner.
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We are having a stack pack installed now and I'm glad to hear that it is a fantastic option. We are also guilty of sailing on the genny alone most of the time. Mostly because of the prep work to raise and the hassle of the Dutchman flaking when done. I'm sure it's better than nothing but it sure left me with a lot of work to tidy everything up when done.
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I've used sail covers, roller boom furling, roller mast furling and lazyjacks - never a stack pack which I take to be the "lazyjack" system with vertical lines running through eyelets?

Anyway, the lazyjack system with a fixed, top opening cover was by far my favourite. It was on a BVI charterboat so it wasn't adjusted very well - kind of short on one side and long on the other but it was still a breeze to use. Battens got hung up a bit when raising & lowering sails but it was a fixed system - if it could be eased and clipped at the mast those problems would disappear.

Best of all, no compromises required to the sail - no missing roach, vertical battens etc.

It will definitely be the way I go when something new (even a sailcover) is required. They look pretty easy to make up yourself too. I've seen lots of designs with lots of little blocks at the line intersections but I fail to see the need for the extra cost and chafe. Eyes spliced at those points work just fine, are cheap and add no (or little) chafe.
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I have been looking at few stackpack systems. I have seen some excellent write-ups and DIY instructions on stack packs. The main difference I see in the design is the sail footing. I am leaning towards a loose footed sail with the stack pack using rope cord in the boom slot. I got the idea from this post.
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What about the windage ay anchor causd by the stack pack
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What about the windage ay anchor causd by the stack pack
I don't think it would be any different than a standard sail cover. I think in the post I linked too, he said it was really easy to remove the sailpack and the sail together, which sounded nice.
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Chef- the windage may be slightly more than a standard sail cover but I haven't noticed any difference in how the boat acts while at anchor.
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I was kind of wondering if you would weigh in John. BTW, did you have lazy jacks on Laurie Anne before you went with the new sail cover? We need to add some lazy jacks to Nikko and I'm kind of wondering what the best line setup is. I'll probably end up doing it trial and error but wanted to limit the first couple of errors.
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I have a Mack sails stack pack with lazy jacks and it is the DBs. Esp when dropping the sail singlehanded.

My only reservation would be if I was doing longer passages where the main would be up for days not hours The risk of chafe to the pack sides would be considerable as they always flap a bit regardless of how I arrange things. I sail with the lazy jacks slackened off and tied forward to the mast.
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Ray- I'll email you.
TQA- when you slack off the lazy jacks and pull them to the mast, doesn't the sail cover flop down at the aft end and just hang down a long way below the boom? That's what ours does so I end up leaving the jacks in place so the cover lays up against the main. I'd like to get rid of the jacks while sailing but nothing seems to work well with our cover.
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