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12-13-2012 10:07 AM
cookwithgas
Re: Stackpacks, Lazyjacks, and Mainsail Facts!

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Originally Posted by blutoyz View Post
I would be interested in this review as well...I am one of those "poor sailors" that enjoys the "projects"
I ordered a kit from Sailrite and built a sail pack for my boat last year. It has made single-handed sailing much more enjoyable. I laid everything out on the livingroom floor, set up my handy dandy Sailrite LZ1 sewing machine and starting cutting, folding and sewing. There was a lot of measuring too. It was a fun project and didn't take as long as I expected. Sailrite really supports their customers with videos, phone support and everything you need on their website.

I modified the plans a little to incorporate a harken lazyjack system I already had. I sewed some stainless eyelets in four locations to attached the lazyjacks. That way the pack is always held up and the sail is directed back into the pack when taking it down. Here are a few pics I took just after installing the finished product:
12-11-2012 04:35 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Stackpacks, Lazyjacks, and Mainsail Facts!

I just added new pics to my profile
12-11-2012 04:28 PM
Jgbrown Wolf, Got pics?

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12-11-2012 04:12 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Stackpacks, Lazyjacks, and Mainsail Facts!

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Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
The only furling main I would ever consider is the boom furler. You can still have the battens and it the sail can be dropped when necessary. Even though the mast furlers rarely jam, they dont appeal to me on many levels, sail trim and Murphy hides on my boat....with a mast furler I am giving him one more chance to come out and play.

JimRafford...I dont htiing Wolfee was insultimng you, he just has a different budget and he like doing things himself. I proably fall halfway in that category myself. The fact you have the boom furled main doesnt mean you are less that in sailing at all...or that you get someone to maintain everything on your boat. Everyone has differing priorituies.

dave
Thanks, I try not to insult people, though I tend to be a bit antagonist (intentionally) sometimes by posting something contrary to someone elses belief that is also right...it's sort of fun when someone can't argue with something they disagree with, because it is right though a different point of view.
12-10-2012 03:44 PM
wolfenzee
Re: Stackpacks, Lazyjacks, and Mainsail Facts!

William Atkin designed a lazy jack system for my boat 75 years ago. The rig has tweaked a little and I have my own ideas, but it's a base. I know alot of people who have done their own lazy jack system and subsequently know all the pros/cons and fixes.
12-10-2012 03:23 PM
ccriders
Re: Stackpacks, Lazyjacks, and Mainsail Facts!

I made a stack pack style system for my boat and after a year converted it to a simple lazy jack system. The reason? I couldn't stand all that canvas along the foot of the main. Yes, it made the stowing of the main faster, but really messes with the loose footed main, and the control lines distort the set of the main. Last week I removed the Bimini, got back to nature so to speak. Sure made sailing easier and more fun.
12-10-2012 02:05 PM
chef2sail
Re: Stackpacks, Lazyjacks, and Mainsail Facts!

The only furling main I would ever consider is the boom furler. You can still have the battens and it the sail can be dropped when necessary. Even though the mast furlers rarely jam, they dont appeal to me on many levels, sail trim and Murphy hides on my boat....with a mast furler I am giving him one more chance to come out and play.

JimRafford...I dont htiing Wolfee was insultimng you, he just has a different budget and he like doing things himself. I proably fall halfway in that category myself. The fact you have the boom furled main doesnt mean you are less that in sailing at all...or that you get someone to maintain everything on your boat. Everyone has differing priorituies.

dave
12-10-2012 02:00 PM
chef2sail
Re: Stackpacks, Lazyjacks, and Mainsail Facts!

Quote:
I studied the forums and decided that the EZ-Jax system would be best for me. I like that the EZ-Jax retract out or the way, so that you can use them with an unmodified sailcover, and the battens cannot get caught when raising the sail-eherlihy.

We love our EZ jacks and bought them a cuplke years ago. I added the lines so I can deploy them from the cockpit. Still have to go forward to pull them back,, but you can do that once anchored or at the dock.

If anythuing vreaks ( or when) I will fix myself. Glad you did it yourself. I will have questions eventually.
12-10-2012 01:44 PM
eherlihy
Re: Stackpacks, Lazyjacks, and Mainsail Facts!

I studied the forums and decided that the EZ-Jax system would be best for me. I like that the EZ-Jax retract out or the way, so that you can use them with an unmodified sailcover, and the battens cannot get caught when raising the sail.

I placed an order, and never received it... They never charged my credit card either. After several conversations and email exchanges over two months with the owner of the business, in which he apologized for losing the order, I finally told him to cancel the order.

I studied the design, and built my own out of red and green (port & starboard) ľ" Sta-Set for less than Ĺ the cost of the EZ-Jax system.

These are one of the best improvements that I have made to the boat!
12-10-2012 12:55 PM
dvuyxx
Re: Stackpacks, Lazyjacks, and Mainsail Facts!

Did you ever see the stackpack that MMR (on Sailnet) posted a while back? Really nice self-made pack.

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-m...stackpack.html
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