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I really prefer my boat to be kept simple and uncluttered. I've learned that the larger you go, the more difficult it is, to keep things simple.

I'm on my third and largest boat and taming the mainsail on this boat is quite a task, especially when singlehanding in tight or windy places, so I've finally buckled and I'm going to give lazy jacks a try. I discovered the primary legs made of small wire with small Ronstan blocks, in a locker, left by the PO. I've bought the line that runs from the blocks, down to the boom and a friend is visiting on Sunday, who will go aloft to connect the primary legs to the mast. I've verified that all the necessary fittings are still on the boom.

I'm really hoping this is a "Wow, I should have done this sooner" kind of moment and not a "Why the hell did I do this?" kind of moment.

My friend has a sister ship with the Dutchman system, so we'll be able to compare two examples of the same boat with each type of capture system and determine if either one is superior. I plan on having a new mainsail made in a year or two and this will help me make an informed decision about which capture system to use.
My boat came with the Dutchman. I honestly didn't know much about it when I first got the boat. After a few adjustments I find it is a great system. I had to add zippers to the mainsail cover (my first sewing attempt that turned out pretty decent). Even when I had to drop the main in a semi emergency while heading downwind it pretty well captured it and kept it contained so I could focus on the a$$hole on the motoryacht that caused the problems in the first place. My buddy has lazy jacks on his Columbia 40 which has a huge main and I find they work really well too. A little more adjusting but once you get the routine it works well. Good luck.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Cold this morning here in Fernandina Beach right on the Florida/georgia border. It was only 59 degrees and isn't only to get into the 70s today. It's because you guys and your stupid snow and cold air that you let get away for your area.

Don't blow air up my rear, be useful and blow it at the sails!
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Cold this morning here in Fernandina Beach right on the Florida/georgia border. It was only 59 degrees and isn't only to get into the 70s today. It's because you guys and your stupid snow and cold air that you let get away for your area.
No, blame Canada. They left the door open again, as usual. I swear, those guys are like a 5 year old that stands with the fridge door open, trying to decide what snack to eat. Take a picture, already!

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I learned, the hard way, a bit about using lazy jacks. I constructed and installed my own, and pretty much mimicked several of the boats that at my marina. The very first thing I learned when using them the first time was that I made a mistake when I attached the top lines to the mast. When you are single handed sailing which is the case for me most of the time, it is often difficult to keep the boat pointed directly into the wind with dropping the sails. If the lazy jacks are tight, there's a good chance that you will hang up the sail on the battens as it falls. Works much better when the jacks are a bit loose.

When I told a friend, and fellow sail netter, about this problem, he said you can easily solve this problem by attaching the top of the jack lines about halfway out the spreaders, thereby keeping a neat funnel that will not hang up when the sail is dropped, and it will not abraid the sail if left in place. When the weather improves, that will be the very first thing I fix after resealing the toe rails and stanchions. Then, the rub rail and some hatch seal work will have to be done before the old tub goes in the water. Sure wished I lived someplace warmer - this stuff would have been done back in December.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Just launched last Friday and brought my Lippincott 30 to her marina in Galesville. Finally got to my toe rails after four years of owning the Shady Lady. After doing them with the Starbrite three step clean, brighten and stain system, I wish I did it sooner as they look great. Now that they look good, I need to paint the decks (have researched KiwiGrip on here and plan on using that). Just need the darn weather to cooperate!
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Just launched last Friday and brought my Lippincott 30 to her marina in Galesville. Finally got to my toe rails after four years of owning the Shady Lady. After doing them with the Starbrite three step clean, brighten and stain system, I wish I did it sooner as they look great. Now that they look good, I need to paint the decks (have researched KiwiGrip on here and plan on using that). Just need the darn weather to cooperate!
Looking good! Glad to see my old boat is in good hands!

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Just launched last Friday and brought my Lippincott 30 to her marina in Galesville. Finally got to my toe rails after four years of owning the Shady Lady. After doing them with the Starbrite three step clean, brighten and stain system, I wish I did it sooner as they look great. Now that they look good, I need to paint the decks (have researched KiwiGrip on here and plan on using that). Just need the darn weather to cooperate!
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Just launched last Friday and brought my Lippincott 30 to her marina in Galesville. Finally got to my toe rails after four years of owning the Shady Lady. After doing them with the Starbrite three step clean, brighten and stain system, I wish I did it sooner as they look great. Now that they look good, I need to paint the decks (have researched KiwiGrip on here and plan on using that). Just need the darn weather to cooperate!
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Just launched last Friday and brought my Lippincott 30 to her marina in Galesville. Finally got to my toe rails after four years of owning the Shady Lady. After doing them with the Starbrite three step clean, brighten and stain system, I wish I did it sooner as they look great. Now that they look good, I need to paint the decks (have researched KiwiGrip on here and plan on using that). Just need the darn weather to cooperate!
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Now they're predicting snow even on Monday. The problem with the winter lasting so long is that it means that we have to spend that much more sailing time dodging motor-boaters, like these guys:

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