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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 #21 of 45 Old 02-11-2009
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I voted 'have em and love em" but technically they are EZ Jax, not Lazy Jax by name. The difference being they are easily stored away after the sail is tied.

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Love 'Em

As a mostly single hander I wouldn't be without them. As others have stated, there needs to be a method to get them out of the way when raising the main. I made mine myself. Got most of the blocks at the JSI swap meet and the line at West Marine Outlet. Total cost about $25
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Jacks

Lazy jacks and a roachy, full batten main on my C&C 34. MMMHMMM. Great for a singlehander...especially if you pull em forward before you raise the main.
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I have lazy jacks, jiffy reefing and a stack pack sail cover on my Bendy also. I don't know how the rest of you guys live without them.
Same on my Beneteau. I'd be up the creek without them when single handing. The stack pack was a great addition by the previous owner.

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Paloma has lazy jacks, but they are just one more thing to get in the way in bad weather.

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With fond memories of George Carlin, they're "more STUFF". If I had to dump the main AND work midships on a clear deck all at once...I suppose I could appreciate them. But I was taught to flake a main as I lower it, and if I have to dump it, I can still pick it back up when there's time.

Its just the "more stuff that can go wrong" that I try to avoid. As another George said, "Less is more".<G>
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Folding lazy jacks

No problems hoisting The main if the lazy jacks can be taken to The mast before hoisting and they do not bother while sailing. To spread them before dropping sail do not take but seconds. It requires small blocks each side of the spreaders, some 25 cm. from the mast, through which run the LJ's halyards.
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With a big low aspect sail like mine life without Jacks would be alot less fun,,, I have only one set on right now port side and they give me an extra hand
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I like lazy jacks, but as others said, they can be a pain when raising the main. What I have found works pretty well is to motor ahead at full speed into the wind, which helps keep the apparent wind dead ahead.
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