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The nice idea with the LZ jax system is that you can continue to use a standard sail cover and you can have the sail free of the chafe and rubbing that goes with standard lazyjacks.
However I don't think it's too much of a job to DIY a similar system at considerable savings. We use something similar but stow them off the mast where they can't slap and rattle in a breeze. The top two parts are rope, the bottom (4 part) section is shock cord. These hook temporarily onto the boom for dousing the sail. During the hoist and while sailing they are stretched via another short shock cord to our SS cabintop handrails keeping the whole works off the mast altogether.
This has worked well for us for 7 years.. we replace the shockcord every few seasons.. it doesn't fare all that well in the constant exposure.
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