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E - Z Jacks

I have been thinking of ordering a set of the E Z Jacks for my Catalina 25. I sail solo quite often and think they would be nice to have. I do remove the boom and unstep the mast to move to various lakes a couple of times a year. I have sent questions to them through their WEB site but get no response. I would like to know if any of you have them and are happy with them. I will want the system that runs lines to the cockpit to control. Any input will be appreciated.
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I have been thinking of ordering a set of the E Z Jacks for my Catalina 25. I sail solo quite often and think they would be nice to have. I do remove the boom and unstep the mast to move to various lakes a couple of times a year. I have sent questions to them through their WEB site but get no response. I would like to know if any of you have them and are happy with them. I will want the system that runs lines to the cockpit to control. Any input will be appreciated.
We had them on our prior boat, a Cal 2-29, and were very happy with the system. They could be pulled forward away from the sail when not needed and easily deployed when required. I went with a Dutchman system with our current boat and, unfortunately, wish I had stayed with EZJacks. Less costly, by a lot, as or more effective, and no chafe on the leach of the sail from a riser cable.

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Good addition. There's online (even herein) for self made plans.
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Re: E - Z Jacks

Ordered a set for the Mac 26x a couple of years back, took forever to get them. Bought them at the Annapolis Boat Show and wanted them for a Christmas trip. we were assured that we would have then in time. As best as I recall we received them around end of Feb. I wasn't sure whether or not the company was still in business or not. No replies to emails and no excuses as to why the delays.

Best advice would be to read the threads here and make you own or get a Dutchman system

on edit: Heres the link to the thread EZ-Jax

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We got a set about 7 years ago, still working great. No comment on present state of company, but the system concept is definately a good one.
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I also had placed an order with EZ-Jax for a system. After two months of emails and phone calls between me and Mark Bailey, the company owner (877.585.9162), I finally told him to forget it, and cancel the order. To Mark's credit, he never charged my Credit Card.

I am sold on the system, but the customer service could be better. Perhaps it has improved?

If you decide to order, place a FIRM delivery deadline.
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We looked into E-Z Jacks and ended up making our own lazy jacks from the many illustrations available online.

The good part about home made is that you can fuss with the lengths of each component line to get the system set up just right for your rig. The bad part about home made is that you have to fuss with the system.

We started out with two lines---one for the luff and the other for the leach---and ended up with a single line. Also we started out running the lazy-jack-hoisting lines to the cockpit, but soon abandoned that idea as too complicated.

We used stainless steel rings instead of blocks to connect the V-shaped portions to the lazy-jack halyards; not only are rings less expensive but they are easily hooked onto horn cleats on the mast near the gooseneck so the whole system is neatly tucked away when not in use. Also, when tucked away, no modification to the mainsail cover is needed.

The lazy jacks aren't deployed for each outing; only when singlehanding or shorthanding, and then only shortly before dropping the main (keeps sail abrasion to a minimum).

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Lazy Jacks are very easy and inexpensive. I use eye straps on the boom with clips on the lines to make it easy to get the jacks out of the way. I also used shock cord for more flexibility.
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I made a system similar to Joe and love them. I have been using them for 3 seasons. I made mine for $100 in material and a day of labor to fabricate and install. I consider them indespensible when single handing or when I have a full boat. I ended up make tapered eye splices for the connections to the stainless rings. They look great. For the ends of the lines on the boom, I installed pad eyes to the boom and run the lines through them and adjust the line lengths with figure eight knots. They are also stowable so I do not have them deployed when raising the sail and I do not need to modify my sail cover.
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FWIW, I finally finished installing my lazy jacks according to this diagram;


It required 6 1" stainless steel rings, and 8 double braid splices. I used red line on the port side, and blue line on starboard to remind me of the rules of the road. This took me about 5 hours to finally set up correctly.

I was able to PERFECTLY flake my sail for the first time with this system, and it took about 3 min to flake. In short, I love it!
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