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04-02-2013 02:46 AM
Re: Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

03-23-2013 08:55 AM
Re: Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

Originally Posted by br3nt View Post
Does anyone use them on sails with partial battens? I see all the vids show how nicely full battens flake with lazy jacks but none with partial battens.
2 full battens and 2 partial battens. Works great. But I have a life raft on deck, so it's very easy for me to step up and pull the sails back a bit before I zip the cover closed.

03-22-2013 02:58 PM
Re: Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

Does anyone use them on sails with partial battens? I see all the vids show how nicely full battens flake with lazy jacks but none with partial battens.
03-22-2013 01:36 PM
Re: Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

I built my own, modeled on the EZ-Jax system. I used red line for port, and green for starboard. For me the key attribute is that I can stow them when not in use. I LOVE them!
03-22-2013 11:22 AM
Re: Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

On my previous boat, I sailed 50,000 miles with a Dutchman system that I loved. My current boat has lazy jacks that I'm not fond of. If you have a choice, go with the Dutchman.
03-22-2013 10:14 AM
Re: Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

Originally Posted by Bene505 View Post
I have then and love them. Although our 50 have a "tradewids mast" that is shorter than the taller version, I find the main to be rather large. Having lazy jacks makes it easy to lower the large main. (And with just one zipper I have the main covered and away from the sun.) Being easier also means I'm more likely to take her out for a short sail. Finally, whether I single hand (not yet, boat is still pretty new-to-me) or not, one person can secure the main, quite easily.

The only downside is you really have to be pointing into the wind when raising the main, or else our battens catch on the lazy jacks. This is not really a problem when there's another crew member on board to turn her up at the right moment, when starting from a mooring, or when using the autopilot and engine to hold her into the wind. (I'll have to experiment with doing this single handed.)

Bottom line, love our lazy jacks.

A few years later now and I still love our lazy jacks. Much of my sailing is solo and it makes it very eazy to go for a sail. If I'm not sailing off the hook, I can bring the lines forward.

The stack pack is wonderful. Zip and I'm done. The sail is protected from the sun.


P.S. The electric windlass with chain rode also adds a great deal. I can anchor right from the cockpit. And I can raise anchor right from the cockpit. With a nylon rode, I'd have to be forward coiling it, which would be a pain. I've anchored, powered back and found that the CQR didn't set, raised the anchor, motored forward, dropped anchor again and set it -- all within a few minutes and all from the cockpit.
03-21-2013 05:30 PM
Re: Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

Had lazy jacks on all prior boats. On new one went with Dutchman system. Can't safely single without some way to control main on boat this size. Was brought up to never put a hole in a sail but surprisingly Dutchman done right doesn't wear the sail. Having sail flake as it comes down makes reefing easier as well. With hard bimini and hard dodger wanted to keep sail above boom. Going off shore didn't like losing ability to use vang as occurs with in boom furling systems. Being concerned about having the right angle between boom and mast as well as point of sail bugged me. Also believe it's more important to be able to get sail down then up so don't like in mast furling having had one get stuck on a passage back from Bermuda. Think having Dutchman or lazy jacks a safety feature and worth the expense and hassle. With Dutchman can use as extra halyard in worse case scenario way I have it rigged. Can bring all string forward to use trysail should need arise.
03-21-2013 08:59 AM
Re: Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

Never had them before but this time I will.
I have started getting all the bits together . Yep a do it yourself job.

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03-27-2012 12:41 AM
Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

Wish I had them...
10-23-2011 11:06 PM
Originally Posted by andrewoliv View Post
Hate em when raising the main, love em when lowering the main
Stow the lazy jacks after the main is down.
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