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Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

What is your E dimension? I have a nearly new UK Lazy Cradle for sale cheap if you are interested.

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Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

thanks luv4sailin

I just installed my main and covered it up temporarily with a cheap tarp

these are my measurements:

e is around 50inches
a or verticak height at mast is 44
l or the neck on top 17
b or overall length under boom is 178 inches
j or end of boom height is 12

the main is actually quite skinny and a bit short for the boom

btw the lazy jacks work great and I dont see any issues somply using a standard straight cover

honestly getting the slits at exactly the right spot might take some tweaking and Im in a hurry


well see what I get quoted for a simple cover down here

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Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

By E I mean the length of the boom. Mine is 12 feet and my UK sail cover system is built for a boom of that length or near it. I know most folks like the Stack Pack (Doyle) or Lazy Cradle (UK) systems, but I prefer to remove the cover from the boom completely when sailing, so I'm just getting a traditional sail cover again like I had for years.
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Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

jaja I was going by a cover diagram by mauri sail covers that showed e as the diagonal dimension of the flaked sail

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the mast is just over 13 ft. long

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Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

My sail cover has slits and velcro where the lazy jacks tie under the boom. I keep the lazy jacks loose and use my main halyard as a back stay to jack up the boom when I'm in my slip. (I can explain this reasoning, if you like.)

It sounds like you're well on your way to getting this done, but if you want pictures of my setup, I could do that this weekend.
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Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

no please do...all I have done is take measurements and installed a temporary cover

I just want to keep this simple and low budget...

the lazy jack systems works just fine really...I dont think it will bother me much...

anybody else with pics would be greatly appreciated, even if its just your homemade covers...

thanks

ps I have a nice topping lift so the boom is always taught, honestly I love topping lifts and think all boats should come with them

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Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

I'd be happy to provide pics. Stand by...

My main is free-standing so there's no topping lift, but I run the main halyard back to the boom for this purpose and it works great. I've been told that the lazy jacks shouldn't hold the weight of the boom all the time, and I see places where the lazy jack lines have scored the boom and mast, so it must be good advice.
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Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

sounds great...yeah the lazy jacks are only holding the flaked sail

I can see where people would use them as a topping lift and that is a big no no

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Re: pics of sail covers made for lazy jack systems?

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sounds great...yeah the lazy jacks are only holding the flaked sail

I can see where people would use them as a topping lift and that is a big no no
Really? Bummer.

I'm installing lazy jacks on my little boat this weekend and the kit explicitly says they can be used to hold the boom up.

Currently the boat uses a little short bit (pig tail?) across the split backstays to support the boom. I was hoping to get rid of that.

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Really? Bummer.

I'm installing lazy jacks on my little boat this weekend and the kit explicitly says they can be used to hold the boom up.

Currently the boat uses a little short bit (pig tail?) across the split backstays to support the boom. I was hoping to get rid of that.
Why do you want to get rid of the pig tail? Does it catch when you're sailing? There're ways to fix this. Personally, I would get the lazy jack system for ease of dropping or reefing the sails, and then use the pig tail to get the weight off the system when you're in the slip. I think chafing happens when there's a lot of wind on the boom at slip and the lazy jack lines are too tight against the boom and mast. At least the way mine are set up, they are rubbing through the coating.
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