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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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Lazy Jacks: Lov'em or Leave'em?

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I have them primarily because I singlehand.
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I almost exclusively singlehand and eventually will get around to putting some on. And a jiffy reef.
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I want them because I single hand also.
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I only love em when dropping the main.

Maybe you should have the question

"do you love and hate your lazy jacks?"

On a busy river with a shipping channel like where I'm at, just the time it takes to drop the main without jacks can be dangerous for the singlehander!
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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.
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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.
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They're a pain in the butt when raising sail but they're great when dropping sail.
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lazy jacks are?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Roller furling is ?!?!?!?!?!?!
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I singlehand most of the time and wish I had them. Hope to add this summer. I added jiffy reefing last summer and don't know why I didn't add that earlier.
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