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12-19-2006 11:13 AM
T37Chef Drynoc,

Please tell me where your buying these materials, I want a bargain too.
12-19-2006 09:49 AM
Ezjax Cost

My EZjax-like setup cost about $50 because I used small blocks when you could use small metal rings. The rings, the line, two small coat hooks, and some "U" clamps shouldn't run much more than $30.
12-19-2006 08:43 AM
rleslie To get the most out of your solar panels you will need a MPPT Solar Charge Controller (just google "MPPT" and you will find numerous sources). I doubt that they are compatible with wind generators.

12-19-2006 05:02 AM
Originally Posted by TXS-ALAMO
Question. What kind of problems could you expect with either lazy or easy jacks and three reef slab/jiffy reefing lines and fittings? Seems like a lot of things to go wrong by interfering with each other.
E-Z-Jacks make reeking easier I think because I don't always find it necessary to truss up the sail at the reef points, and when I do the E-Z-Jacks temporarily capture the sail.
12-18-2006 08:22 PM
PBzeer Cam - I needed a new main anyway, that's why I sprang for the StackPack. Didn't hurt that there was a Doyle Loft here and that they did a very thorough job all the way from discussing what I needed to putting it on the boat.
12-18-2006 08:14 PM
T37Chef Drynoc,

Are you saying that you could make the system for less than $30.00????? I don't think so.
12-18-2006 07:54 PM
camaraderie John...I like a stack pack even better than Dutchman or Lazy-Jacks. No argument from me...just a bit more expensive. If I didn't have boom furling I'd have a stack pack or similar.
12-18-2006 06:26 PM
PBzeer Cam, I have a StackPack, with a full batten main and StrongTrack. For myself, I like the setup. I don't have a problem with raising or lowering the sail. I tighten it up inside the cover, zip it up, and that's all it takes. Don't have to stow the cover or need sail ties.

I've seen the E-Z Jacks on a Cat 22, and it does seem like an easy to use system, but I would still (unless I could afford in-boom furling) stick with what I have. It works for me. What else can you ask?
12-18-2006 06:02 PM
camaraderie Are you guys with lazy jacks saying that you wouldn't take a Dutchman system over them if price was NOT a consideration?? I've sailed on boats with both and find that amazing. Never have used the "E-Z Jacks" though so thay may be a better solution. of the nice things about the Dutchman is that once youve installed it...there are no lines to futz with under sail or when you are reefing....and yes it does cost more... as does a mainsail track system which I would recommend with lazy jacks or the Dutchman. Hell...if money were no object for you I'd recommend a boom furler with an electric halyard winch and infinite reefing possibilities and nothing to mess with around the sail. They all work...and ya pays yer money and takes yer chances!
12-18-2006 04:12 PM
TXS-ALAMO Question. What kind of problems could you expect with either lazy or easy jacks and three reef slab/jiffy reefing lines and fittings? Seems like a lot of things to go wrong by interfering with each other.
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