Lazy jacks and/or sack pack on a WS28?

  • October 01, 2011 11:26 AM
    Message # 713129
    So my mainsail cover is getting worn out, and in the next 18 months before I set off on the big trip I am gonna replace it.

    Does anyone use lazy jacks or a sack pack on their boat?

    I have used sack packs before on cats, but don't know if reefing will be an issue on the WS.

    I am going to run the main halyard to the cockpit, and put a furler on the jib.  Maybe even run the stay-sail halyard to the cockpit.

    Looking for ideas to make single handed life easier.
  • October 01, 2011 1:52 PM
    Reply # 713182 on 713129
    Sean Steinberg wrote:So my mainsail cover is getting worn out, and in the next 18 months before I set off on the big trip I am gonna replace it.

    Does anyone use lazy jacks or a sack pack on their boat?

    I have used sack packs before on cats, but don't know if reefing will be an issue on the WS.

    I am going to run the main halyard to the cockpit, and put a furler on the jib.  Maybe even run the stay-sail halyard to the cockpit.

    Looking for ideas to make single handed life easier.

    If you run the main halyard to the cockpit, you should also consider leading all the reefing lines to the cockpit, otherwise you will be making trips back and forth between the mast and the cockpit as you put in and shake out reefs.  Depending on how your reefing is set up you will likely have to go to the mast to put the reef cringle onto the gooseneck hook even if you lead everything aft.  If you leave everything at the mast it can all be handled at the same time in the same place. 

    I have found different colored lines help eliminate some of the confusion when reefing in nasty conditions.

    Kevin

    28/58

  • October 07, 2011 10:47 AM
    Reply # 717376 on 713129

    Thanks.

     

    I will still have the winch and cleat on the mast, so jumping to the mast to reef should not be an issue.

     

    Just wondering how much the sack pack would effect tieing the reefing lines?  The sack packs I have used I have never had to reef.

  • October 07, 2011 7:33 PM
    Reply # 717691 on 713129
    Deleted user

    We've been looking into the same thing lately, and found a lazy jacks system that seems quite simple, and can be retracted!  Best of both worlds?  Check out http://slowflight.net/upgrades/lazyjacks_how-to.html  We haven't tried it yet, but we're in the process of getting the fittings to give it a bash.  Hope this helps,

    Meaghan & Fagin

  • October 08, 2011 4:50 AM
    Reply # 717889 on 713129
    Deleted user

    Meaghan & Fagin

    Thanks for the link on the Lazy Jack system. I think that I may modify my system when its time to replace the lines. In the meantime, here is the link to the system on Rhapsody that works quite well but does not retract.

    http://rhapsody.flashcardsbyme.com/Lazy_Jacks.html

    Werner

  • October 08, 2011 11:09 AM
    Reply # 718013 on 713129

    Now I may have been doing something wrong on the boats I have sailed with lazy jacks, but I never had to adjust any lazy jack lines?

     

    Main goes up.  Then main goes down.  The last jacks help guide the main into the sack pack.

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