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07-10-2012 09:20 PM
Re: E - Z Jacks

Originally Posted by Tanley View Post
Can you comment on any noise made when it's retracted? Is there halyard slap when the sail is flaked and the cover on? Did you put the block on the mast or attach it out on your spreader a bit?

The Lazy-Jack cheek blocks were already in place on my boat. Apparently, some PO had lazy jacks, and I simply had to re-invent them.

The cheek blocks were mounted to the mast about 8' over the single spreader on my O'day 35. There was also a fairlead at the spreader to guide the Lazy-Jack halyard past the spreader without chafing. I factored this in by simply increasing the length of the line that I bought to build the system. If anyone is curious, I bought 90' of 5/16" Sta-set for each side, and had about 2' more than I needed.

Were I to start from scratch, I would have simply mounted the cheek blocks below the spreader, and bought 10' less line (80') per side.

Was there halyard slap? Yes - for a day. I bought three bungie cords at the local CVS ($4.99 for 3) and clip one end to the 'Jack halyard, and the other to the forward shroud (one on port, the other on starboard, and the third brought around the mast to pull port and starboard forward). Problem solved.
07-10-2012 07:23 PM
Re: E - Z Jacks

Here is my post on the subject:
Sail Delmarva: Adjustable Lazy Jacks--Done the Lazy Way

You could go with fixed lazyjacks. Folks gripe about them, but for coastal sailors they don't actually cause much chafe or much difficulty hoisting. Very nice lowering. The only time I retract them is hoisting single-handed in a breeze, or sometimes if I know I will be sailing many hours.

They're an easy DIY job, with a kit, or without.
07-10-2012 06:48 PM
Re: E - Z Jacks

Lazy jacks... we just made up a set with some small diameter amsteel, 4 antal anti-friction rings, 4 eye rings, and two ronstan composite jam cleats. I think the whole thing cost maybe $60 total, my time to do some splicing, and our foredeck guy one quick trip up the mast to luggage tag things to our check stay terminals. IMHO, making your own is a great DIY project. Splicing amsteel is very easy and a great intro to the sport in general if you have any interest in learning to do your own. For a 25' boat, it will be even cheaper.

Joe, you can use bungie cords to pull things toward the shrouds and away from the mast when they're not deployed.
07-10-2012 06:12 PM
Re: E - Z Jacks

This is on the list, albeit down a bit. Can you comment on any noise made when it's retracted? Is there halyard slap when the sail is flaked and the cover on? Did you put the block on the mast or attach it out on your spreader a bit?


07-10-2012 05:30 PM
Re: E - Z Jacks

FWIW, I finally finished installing my lazy jacks according to this diagram;

It required 6 1" stainless steel rings, and 8 double braid splices. I used red line on the port side, and blue line on starboard to remind me of the rules of the road. This took me about 5 hours to finally set up correctly.

I was able to PERFECTLY flake my sail for the first time with this system, and it took about 3 min to flake. In short, I love it!
06-28-2012 01:40 PM
Re: E - Z Jacks

I made a system similar to Joe and love them. I have been using them for 3 seasons. I made mine for $100 in material and a day of labor to fabricate and install. I consider them indespensible when single handing or when I have a full boat. I ended up make tapered eye splices for the connections to the stainless rings. They look great. For the ends of the lines on the boom, I installed pad eyes to the boom and run the lines through them and adjust the line lengths with figure eight knots. They are also stowable so I do not have them deployed when raising the sail and I do not need to modify my sail cover.
06-28-2012 11:50 AM
Re: E - Z Jacks

Lazy Jacks are very easy and inexpensive. I use eye straps on the boom with clips on the lines to make it easy to get the jacks out of the way. I also used shock cord for more flexibility.
06-28-2012 09:44 AM
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We looked into E-Z Jacks and ended up making our own lazy jacks from the many illustrations available online.

The good part about home made is that you can fuss with the lengths of each component line to get the system set up just right for your rig. The bad part about home made is that you have to fuss with the system.

We started out with two lines---one for the luff and the other for the leach---and ended up with a single line. Also we started out running the lazy-jack-hoisting lines to the cockpit, but soon abandoned that idea as too complicated.

We used stainless steel rings instead of blocks to connect the V-shaped portions to the lazy-jack halyards; not only are rings less expensive but they are easily hooked onto horn cleats on the mast near the gooseneck so the whole system is neatly tucked away when not in use. Also, when tucked away, no modification to the mainsail cover is needed.

The lazy jacks aren't deployed for each outing; only when singlehanding or shorthanding, and then only shortly before dropping the main (keeps sail abrasion to a minimum).
06-28-2012 09:44 AM
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I also had placed an order with EZ-Jax for a system. After two months of emails and phone calls between me and Mark Bailey, the company owner (877.585.9162), I finally told him to forget it, and cancel the order. To Mark's credit, he never charged my Credit Card.

I am sold on the system, but the customer service could be better. Perhaps it has improved?

If you decide to order, place a FIRM delivery deadline.
06-28-2012 09:23 AM
Re: E - Z Jacks

We got a set about 7 years ago, still working great. No comment on present state of company, but the system concept is definately a good one.
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