Posted by: Dan Sprague | April 10, 2012

Lazy Jacks

Lazy Jacks

Lazy Jacks are lines you rig on each side of your main sail and are designed to help control the mainsail as it is dropped by cradling it on the boom.  The sail stays over the boom and not all over the deck and cockpit. This lets you see better and keeps the sail out of the way and you can move along the side of your deck without walking on the sail.  Another system, called a Dutchman, does the same thing.

To store your sail on the boom, begin at the leech and pull the sail aft, flaking it on alternative sides of the boom and use sail ties to lash it to the boom. Once lashed put your sail cover on. This prevents ultraviolet degradation of the sails.

Lazy Jacks and Dutchman rigs may require a special sail cover.

Lazy Jacks and Dutchman

A lazy Jack setup lets the mainsail drop and be held on the boom.

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