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Old 25-07-2014, 07:33   #1
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Doyle Stackpack Question...

I have a doyle stackpack on my boat. I find the battens in the sail seem to always get hooked on the lazyjack lines holding the sail bag. Is this normal, or should I unhook them before raising the main.
Yes i am pointed directly into the wind when raising. It's a pain to try and raise from the cockpit then run up to get them unstuck.
Any advice or tips would be great. Also should I have the front piece that raps around the front of the mast off too?
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Old 25-07-2014, 07:44   #2
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Re: Doyle Stackpack Question...

I used to just have to time pulling the sail up so that the battens would go past the lines etc as the boat rocked. That was a lot less trouble that taking the lines off.
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Old 25-07-2014, 09:02   #3
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Thanks Don, that's pretty much what I do, but its a pain. There has to be a better way.
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Re: Doyle Stackpack Question...

I was dreading the idea of removing my lazy jacks just for this very reason.

Now that I have, I can't believe I waited so long.




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Thanks Don, that's pretty much what I do, but its a pain. There has to be a better way.
not really so a big pain that it is worth spending any time "fixing" far as I'm concerned
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Re: Doyle Stackpack Question...

We just loosen the jacks before raising the sail, so that they aren't quite as tight in.


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Re: Doyle Stackpack Question...

I lower my lazy jacks to the top edge of the stack pack and leave them down until just before I lower the mainsail. I don't like the sail rubbing against them the entire time I am sailing. Of course, you will need to have your lazy jack lines run down to a low level in order to accomplish this.
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Loosen just one side, sail just off the wind so the sail & battens goes on that side. If you can't loosen one side, pull the aft ones forward. Motor slower when heading into the wind. Timing is everything.
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I have a doyle stackpack on my boat. I find the battens in the sail seem to always get hooked on the lazyjack lines holding the sail bag. Is this normal, or should I unhook them before raising the main.
Yes i am pointed directly into the wind when raising. It's a pain to try and raise from the cockpit then run up to get them unstuck.
Any advice or tips would be great. Also should I have the front piece that raps around the front of the mast off too?
I agree this is really annoying. I have solved the problem by adding sheets leading back to the cockpit for collapsing and setting the lazy jacks from the cockpit. Before I haul the main halyard, from the cockpit, I collapse both lazy jacks, from the cockpit, raise the main and then, from the cockpit, restore the lazy jacks to their raised position.
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I have a doyle stackpack on my boat. I find the battens in the sail seem to always get hooked on the lazyjack lines holding the sail bag. Is this normal, or should I unhook them before raising the main.
Yes i am pointed directly into the wind when raising. It's a pain to try and raise from the cockpit then run up to get them unstuck.
Any advice or tips would be great. Also should I have the front piece that raps around the front of the mast off too?
put small blocks out on the spreader and then run the lazy jacks through them( will spread the lazy jacks apart and make it easier to raise the sail)
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Great tips thanks.
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Re: Doyle Stackpack Question...

A loop of fine bungee will hold them forward when you ease them somewhat.

Another trick is lead them not to the mast but rather to mid spreaders so that there is a wider gap.

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Another trick is lead them not to the mast but rather to mid spreaders so that there is a wider gap.

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