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Old 19-05-2017, 12:28   #16
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Re: What should a stack pack/sail pack/ lazy bag cost?

I have just a little sewing experience but I just completed the Sailrite sailpack kit and it came out great. I used their 19' boom kit that was $381 and spent no more than an additional $20 - I used my existing lazy jacks.

Their instruction video is great and you could easily DIY using that. Also, I'd give them a call and see if they will do a modified kit for you - 19' boom is their largest off the shelf kit. Or you could just work out the bill of materials from the video.
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Old 19-05-2017, 15:33   #17
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Re: What should a stack pack/sail pack/ lazy bag cost?

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I have a 63' mast and 21' boom....currently the mainsail has a labor intensive cover that is no fun to put on if the winds up. Any ideas what a bag system should cost? Is it possible to diy?
I have a 50' Gulfstar Ketch-- year ago I got a quote locally (Portland Oregon) at $4.50 per boom foot for the stack pack construction, though I would be responsible for the mast monkey work to do myself or hire out as he would only to the Pak Creation..
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Old 19-05-2017, 18:53   #18
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Re: What should a stack pack/sail pack/ lazy bag cost?

Hi, mrybas,

Yes, you can make one yourself. The fabric, zip, PTFE thread and webbing is the main cost. You could do it on a home machine, although I gotta admit, I had the hots for an LSZ-1, got one used, and justified the cost to myself that what we saved by doing it ourselves paid for the machine. It is all straight stitching, so fairly easy. If you've never sewn anything, first find some fabric scraps, and practice sewing straight lines, using regular thread. Then, practice some with the PTFE thread. It bothered me to waste so much, but it took a little fussing to get the tension adjustment correct.

Our mast is 65 ft., boom is 19 ft., so similar size. Our boat is our only home at this time, and so we needed a marina with a wide dock to do our layout. It was sewn below, in the saloon.

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Re: What should a stack pack/sail pack/ lazy bag cost?

Sailrite is a good direction to go. For my other boat I bought their video and then purchased the bits and pieces. Some from Sailrite and others locally. In hindsight I think I would have been better off to buy the entire kit from Sailrite. My ((now X-Wife)) did all the sewing and it was a piece of cake. The sewing is not difficult at all. It is like anything else... Pay attention to your layout and move slowly step by step.
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Re: What should a stack pack/sail pack/ lazy bag cost?

Thanks for the encouragement, I think I'll go the sailrite route. I always wanted to learn how to sew anyway!
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Thanks for the encouragement, I think I'll go the sailrite route. I always wanted to learn how to sew anyway!
Great outcome! Good on ya, mate!

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Re: What should a stack pack/sail pack/ lazy bag cost?

I really wish we had battens in our mac pack. It looks like a sock that won't stay up.
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Re: What should a stack pack/sail pack/ lazy bag cost?

A nice thing about doing it yourself, with or without a SailRite kit, is you can make modifications as you please. My peave with the SailRite instructions is you end up with a pack that is "thick" at mid boom. This is necessary (with their directions) to accommodate the large volume of sail at the mast as the top of the pack is cut to be a straight line. However I like a more svelte look.

I changed the design so that the batten pockets are still straight, which makes getting your lazy jacks adjusted properly much easier, but made the top portion of the pack that normally all lies horizontally on top of the sail such that it is curved to add volume in the meter or so nearest the mast. It was pretty satisfying to DIY and end up with a "custom" product.
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