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- 16/02/2012 at 9:55 pm #4402FundoctorMember
I was down the club fitting out our new (old) Mk2 and a guy came along and suggested we fit lazyjacks as per yachts. Said it would make reefing easer afloat. Is this something done by other Wayfarers. We are mainly planning to cruise the boat,
W900217/02/2012 at 12:27 pm #10641No DisgraceMember
When I bought my ‘other boat’ (27ft Albin Vega) I sailed for one season with lazyjacks, and then removed them. Too much faffing around with bits of string, and I didn’t think the mainsail was really big enough to need controlled in this way. With a Wayfarer, the mainsail is tiny by comparison, so I really doubt there is any benefit- unless you actually enjoy having extra bits of string to play with 🙂17/02/2012 at 1:28 pm #10642adminMember
In my bigger boat experience lazy jacks are normally used in combination with a stack-pack which is a sail cover permanently fixed to the boom that unzips along its top and has stiffeners (maybe plastic tubes or battens) along the length of the boom so that the main drops into the cover and flakes itself so that you just zip the bag closed over the top.
I suspect all the windage of the stack-pack plus the extra rope that forms the lazy jacks and holds the stack pack open is just going to be too much on the smaller size of the Wayfarer. Normally I am an enthusiast for clever gizmos and cunning tricks but I would not use lazy jacks, I have enough rope to deall with as it is.04/03/2012 at 8:24 am #10713FundoctorMember
Thanks guys – I think the dude who recommended this was not experienced in the ways of dinghy cruising. Went out I will think what it would have been like to have had them in place – but there are rather a lot of lines already and even on yachts have noted the battons can snag on the jacks.
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