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07-05-2011 03:14 AM
SlowButSteady My boat had Lazy-jacks when I bought it, but they always seemed to be more trouble than they were worth. I took them off last year and just deal with reefing/stowing the main in "the usual way, if you know what I mean" (as Christopher Robin might say). Granted, my boat pretty short boom (E = 10.3 ft.), but I don't have much trouble keeping things under control even when sailing singlehanded.
07-04-2011 03:08 PM
snowdawg Hey Faster
I made a set of EZ jacks like you mentioned and tried them out for the first time yesterday. Boy is that ever slick. no more fighting the sail on the cabin roof. Thanks for posting that.
06-15-2011 11:10 PM
chef2sail Ok chef...now I know you are just trying to slow me down. It was tough enough for me to get a loose footed main for the first time ( although I have begun to love it), but a furling boom??????????? shiver me timbers NOOOOOOOO
06-15-2011 07:58 PM
T37Chef I installed my blocks on the spreaders, keeps them from slapping the mast.

Come on Chef, just go with a furling boom...you know you want too
06-15-2011 06:33 PM
chef2sail No to the Doyle Styack Pack......I dont want stray material flapping around and the zippers degrade in the UV to quickly. Also it means the jacks are up permanently.

I want to be able to retract them so it looks like EZ Jack or my version of it will work best.

1- blocks on jacks on spreaders on on the mast.
2- type of line and thickness?

Dave
06-15-2011 04:59 PM
Faster
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolatom View Post
Way to go on using that symmetrical spinny for cruising (figured you weren't racing, with the kayak on deck).

Spinnakers are underappreciated as cruising sails. But they can make a sailing day out of a motorsailing, 'breathe-your-exhaust all day' motorsailing-downwind ordeal.
Thanks!... definitely not racing. We HATE sailing wing on wing, so when conditions allow, we fly the kite fairly regularly. As a frac rig, our headsails are sized like a generally manageable 30 footer's.... Otto steers the gybes as we handle the pole and strings.
06-15-2011 04:56 PM
nolatom Way to go on using that symmetrical spinny for cruising (figured you weren't racing, with the kayak on deck).

Spinnakers are underappreciated as cruising sails. But they can make a sailing day out of a motorsailing, 'breathe-your-exhaust all day' motorsailing-downwind ordeal.
06-15-2011 02:44 PM
PBzeer I have a Doyle StackPak with the standard lazy jack setup. I've thought about making them more easily retractable, but haven't done so, as I haven't had that many problems getting the main up with them in place. When the wind is going to be fresh enough to cause a problem, I simply retract them before setting off.
06-15-2011 01:49 PM
JimsCAL My new-to-me boat came with a fully battened main and a Dutchman system. I have been impressed with the system as have sailing buddies that have sailed with me and have lazy jacks. No hangups when raising or lowering the sail and sail drops right onto the boom like magic. Major disavantage is the cost of course. Also the sail cover needs a couple of extra zippers to get around the guide lines, and a halyard type topping lift is really needed.
06-15-2011 11:32 AM
scherzando
EZ Jacks Lazy Jacks

I have had the EZ Jacks for about 3 yrs with no quality issues but being a Lake Michigan sailor they only get used about 5 months a year.

You could make them yourself as mentioned in a previous post. I have a full sail cover so they retract nicely.
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