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Re: Winter Storage - City Island or Port Washington?

You can make the EZ jack system yourself if your are so inclined, It is the best design I have seen for getting them out of the way and not having to modify your sail cover. Additionally you can rig them so that you can deploy them from the cockpit. This is a great help when you singlehand as you dont have to go up on the foredeck until you get back to the dock or anchorage.


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Re: Winter Storage - City Island or Port Washington?

Hi Guys,

Thanks for suggestions. I will investigate tomorrow to see if the lazy jacks can be pulled in towards the mast. I did find a line that eased them but it's not really that helpful. As you guys have pointed out, it would be better to be able to pull them in out of the way.

The sail slugs are metal and not plastic. I think I'll just need to head up better and deploy the autopilot next time. Maybe some more McLube will do it.

Caleb, at the moment she's on a mooring in Port Washington Harbor. I got a deal on it for a 1 month stay until end of Oct.

I got to haul soon and also learn how to winterize. This weekend I'm going to turn all fawcets on and drain the fresh water tanks ready for anti freeze. Also I'm going to get the holding tank pumped.

What are the thoughts about leaving her uncovered during the winter season?

I do have a fairclough cover but not frame (long story) they quoted me $1100 for a new frame. Cannot use shrinkwrap and she is awlgripped and shrinkwrap against awlgrip is a no no.

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Re: Winter Storage - City Island or Port Washington?

Last Saturday was a brisk wind, practice raising/lowering your main in more benign conditions using your autopilot...will give you time
to deal with a snag until you set up your lazy jacks like you want.
Suggest don't force sails up/down/in/out with winch.
If Port Wash. is convenient for you and looking for a less expensive yard that you can do own work, talk to Gulfway think @42 ft(but they want to paint bottom).
I will be taking my boat tomorrow from my mooring to one of their slips where I'll sail out of for another 6 weeks or so.
You have a great cover and will be able to do a lot of work over the
winter with it on. I have a similar cover and in the dead of winter if
there is some sun out it is comfortable to work. Sometimes with
propane heater(vented) sometimes not.
I made a frame out of PVC piping years ago and is real cheap and
easy to install, should be pictures on sailnet or cruisersforum or
PM me if interested.
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