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Sailchick,

PBzeer and Stillraining are right about this -- no reason not to put the lazyjacks on your current boat, it's an easy upgrade.

I just thought I'd mention that you don't necessarily have to modify your mainsail cover -- if you install the lazyjacks with enough line in the system, you can ease them after the sail comes down and then lay them flat under the existing sailcover. So if you're not handy with sewing/stitiching canvas you CAN avoid the additional expense (but it's definitely preferable to have the slits in the sailcover. )

Another reason to have the extra line/slack in the lazyjack system is if you ever spread a winter tarp or sun awning over the boom.
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You guys are right...no need to wait. I'm looking into doing it now...will make life a lot easier! Thanks for the sage advice, boys.
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Sailchick-

A simple modification to the boom is adding about four padeyes, in a vertical position, to each side of the boom. You can then do two things.

First, the lazy jacks can terminate at the padeyes...which gives you a nice four-leg lazy jack system that makes containing the mainsail pretty easy.

Second, you can run a shock cord (bungee cord) through the padeyes on the boom. On one side thread the bungee cord through a plastic hook between each set of padeyes, so you have three hooks on the bungee evenly spaced. Then, to furl the mainsail, just reach over the boom and attach the hook to the bungee cord on the other side... Voila... fast easy furling.

Here's a diagram of the setup on my boat. The boom is about 12' long, and I started in about 1" from each end.




I used stainless steel rings at the ends of the yellow and green lines instead of blocks, to reduce weight aloft, while still reducing friction and chafe a bit. The green line section was left long enough so that I can douse the lazy jacks and run them forward along the boom and up the mast—which basically makes them invisible.

Total materials used:

140' of 3/16" line (this is a guess... don't remember exactly how much line I used, and had a bit left over.)
10 stainless steel padeyes (two were attached to the mast for the blocks for the main lazyjack line)
16 3/16" stainless steel pop rivets (could have gone with aluminum, but had stainless aboard)
20' 1/4" shock cord
3 nylon bungee cord hooks
6 1" x 1/4" stainless steel rings
2 Harken micro blocks

Total cost was less than $150 IIRC.
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We installed a lazy jack system on our Catalina 25 this year that we found on Sailrite's website. It comes with all the parts and can be stored out of the way when undersail. When we get ready to drop the main we just deploy them and it makes handling the mainsail much easier, especially when singlehanding.
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Sailchick,

We also have jacks which when not in use can be led forward and clipped to the mast padeyes. The"jacks" are especially good for singlehanding as you can just drop the main from the cockpit and it flakes nicely on the boom and place to quick ties to keep it on the boom until you are docked and anchored and can neaten it up.
I especailly like not having the "jacks deployed full time for two reasons. One it is easier when raising the main as the baattens do not get caught inj the jacks, and two the "jacks being up with the sail full all some chaffing on the sail itself.

Lazt jacks are a great saftey as well as convienence addition.

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Sailed today by myself with both main and genoa for the 1st time...I don't normally bother with the main when alone...but got a little crazy today.

Loved it! Although, now am even more convinced the jacks are necessary...the flaking while out in waves wasn't pretty.

Thanks guys...I'm looking into your ideas and how soon I can get this handled & done.
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This is all very new to me as I just got back into sailing at the age of 56. I just purchased a Bayfield 25 and am slowly learning all over again after 35 years off the water. I love reading everyones comments and it is very encouraging for me. Thanks
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This is all very new to me as I just got back into sailing at the age of 56. I just purchased a Bayfield 25 and am slowly learning all over again after 35 years off the water. I love reading everyones comments and it is very encouraging for me. Thanks
Hey, that Bayfield is a great little ship in which to get reacquainted with sailing. Congrats, and welcome to Sailnet!
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I occasionally single-hand our 38' Roberts - but why? Far more fun for two (or more).

Not too hard out in the open, but tricky going into marinas. A slightly panicky girlie voice on the VHF asking for assistance before you enter, works wonders in getting allocated a nice easy slip with all the male dock-hands waiting to take your lines and telling you how to do it properly!
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