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View Poll Results: Lazy Jacks, Love'em or leave'em?
Have them and love'em 35 54.69%
Have them and wish I didn't 5 7.81%
Don't have them; don't want them 9 14.06%
Don't have them; wish I did 15 23.44%
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post #11 of 45 Old 02-06-2009
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I've got 'em, and overall I'm happy with them. That said, there are a few things that kind of stick in my craw.

I've got a new mainsail, which has yet to soften up enough to flake easily into the bag. Therefore, I've got to stuff, poke, and wrestle with it to get it in far enough so the zipper of the bag can be closed.

Secondly (and this is more a rigging issue than a Jack design problem) my reefing lines ALWAYS fall outside of the bag, and so I've got to manually stuff these into the bag before it can be closed.

But, all things considered, I'm happy enough that I aint gonna be taking the Jacks off to replace them with something else.
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The real key to loving them is making them collapsible so when raising the main you can pull them forward so battens etc hanging up is a non issue. Have sailed on boats without this set-up and not near as easy as ours. When dropping just pull them back out and away you go. It also means you don't have as many slots in the sailcover.

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The real key to loving them is making them collapsible so when raising the main you can pull them forward so battens etc hanging up is a non issue. Have sailed on boats without this set-up and not near as easy as ours. When dropping just pull them back out and away you go. It also means you don't have as many slots in the sailcover.
I sail a lot of different boats. Many have lazy jacks. A system set up as above is a dream. Those that cannot be stowed forward can be a nightmare.

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Like others have said, we like them for dropping the main. We have to watch for catching battens on the way up though.

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I have the lazy cradle system from Sailcare. Basically it's a set of lazyjacks with the lower section made of elastic. I deploy them before dropping the main, and stow them as I put the sail cover on. They're never in the way because they stay at the mast until I need them.


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I too single hand and they keep the sail off the deck and out of the line of sight when dropping the main. I made my own and they work good but not perfact. Roller headsail is great for single hand too.

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Ours are removable, set up on shock cords off the rig except when dousing the main. This gets away from most of the hassle during raising the main and also allows use of a conventional mainsail cover.

We primarily use them to prevent the main from dropping all over the dodger and scratching the ($$$) lexan windows.

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We use the Dutchman and have had pretty good results with it as a replacement for lazy jacks that we used on other boats. Both work reasonably well. The Dutchman requires pretty precise set-up and adjustment, but when done correctly, it is really convenient.

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We use the Dutchman and have had pretty good results with it as a replacement for lazy jacks that we used on other boats. Both work reasonably well. The Dutchman requires pretty precise set-up and adjustment, but when done correctly, it is really convenient.

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I have them, but find that it is difficult for me to flake the lowered sail
single handed.
I intend to switch to a Dutchman's system.
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