It sounds like your current
lazy jacks system is of a poor design. As, sadly, most are. But a little common sense & ingenuity can remedy such.
And my "apologies" for the attached Sermon. I'm just trying to pass on a bit of what I was fortunate to be schooled in.
With a set of custom DIY lazy jax, you'll Never have any problems with snagging on them. Regardless of what you're doing with the main.
My first pair cost me $20, including; the blocks on the spreaders, the mast cleats
, strap eyes on the boom, 3-strand nylon, & a 6-pack, for when I was splicing them.
This was my first time making a set, BTW. But I chose the DIY route
as; I was 22 & "poor", plus I'd looked at the $150 kits @ West Marine
, that many of my dockmates had/were getting, & knew that I could build something better, on the cheap
Especially as I both often saw, & heard, complaints & horror stories from folks with the OEM kits. And it was obvious from where the legs of their jax were located, & how few legs that there were, that they wouldn't capture the sail well. In addition to their being designed so that the angles built into them would be snag prone, via their geometry & locations of their attachment points.
To make your own: Simply put the blocks on the spreaders about 1' away from the mast. And splice the jax in a Crescent Shape, starting at about 70% of the way towards the boom's aft end.
I spaced the legs on mine so that they were about 2' apart. So, say, 6 of them on the boom of my Ranger
33', at the time. My 1st boat.
And the strap eyes are for the boom's underside, where you tie (& tune/adjust) the legs of the lazy jacks to.
When going sailing, I'd loosen them only slightly, prior to leaving the dock
. Taking the mainsail cover off at the same time. Never really needing to bother with sail ties, due to the spacing of the jax legs holding things in place. Though sometimes I'd throw a couple of ties onto the sail, at day's end out of old habit. And the only time that the jax got adjusted, was to re-tension them after the sail cover was on, & the boat was put to bed
Ah, & the sail had standard plastic slides (slugs). And with the jax, I could literally let go of the halyard
, & the sail would drop onto the boom, flaking itself on the way down, with no need for any assistance.
So that I could give a total newby the task of; hoisting, dropping, or reefing the main, & it was a no brainer for them to get it right; sans drama, with a little verbal guidance.
BTW: Be VERY
careful using a powered winch
on anything. But especially when hoisting sails. As with a second's inattention, you'll be shopping
for a new main.
And Do Not
put the halyard into the self tailing
jaws of the winch when operating it via electro-mechanical power.
Rather, tail the line by hand, as if it were a non self-tailing winch. So that you can Feel as well as see, any snagging, or problems when hoisting the sail/tensioning the halyard. And thus, be able to instantly desist from hoisting things, if your hands or eyes detect any problems.
For if you're tailing it by hand, you can let the drum spin all day, under power, but if you're not pulling on the halyard's tail, then the line (& the sail) won't be moving at all.
Also, don't fall into the trap of watching the winch or your hands, while operating things. Watch the sail the whole time.
As until you've hard wired proper line handling techniques when using a winch, into your muscle memory, via practice on a standard winch. Power winches have as many dangers as they do advantages. Both to you/your hands, as well as the gear
If you tail a powered winch as delineated above, you still get to skip the grinding part, for all but the last 2'-4' of the hoist. But you greatly lessen the odds of damaging anything, due to not being able to feel the sail's feeding throughout the hoist.
It's, sadly, a common mistake.
Proper tailing technique truly is a safety
thing, for many reasons. And at times it can literally save your life. And no, I'm not joking or using hyperbole.
The reasons behind such are explained in the linked post.
And while it's quite a read, it's worth the time, IMO. Especially as most folks will never get the expert level of coaching that I did over the years. breaking load of main halyard
Also, here are a few lazy jacks links, gleaned via a Custom Google
search of this site https://cse.google.com/cse?siteurl=w...LIZED&gsc.sort