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Old 09-04-2021, 14:26   #16
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

What would be the best line to use for the lazy jacks, considering ours is a ketch and the main mast is only 34' tall.
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Old 09-04-2021, 14:43   #17
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

Another thing to think about, get a zero friction device for your mainsail track. I have the Tides mainsail track that will come down in a few seconds even with stress on it. I never have to pull my sail down and stuff into the bag.

It comes down very fast. I think it is a safety device.
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

I used regular 1/4" halyard line from a small catamaran I had.
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Old 09-04-2021, 15:07   #19
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

Go straight to a stack pack lazy jack system. Lazy jacks are fine by themselves but the stack pack combination especially with full battens will transform your sailing. Just ease off the lazy jacks when sailing, they wont touch the sail. If you secure the rear of the stack pack to the topping lift the stack pack will just hang parallel to the boom while sailing. Check out Youtube for examples. Here is mine on a 30 footer.

I made this video a few years ago on my old yacht to demonstrate how the lazy jacks don't effect the mainsail while sailing.
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Old 09-04-2021, 15:50   #20
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

We had the Dutchman system on our Pearson 303, and loved it. No reservations.
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Old 09-04-2021, 19:30   #21
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

One other nice thing about the Dutchman is that reefing is real easy. You really donít have to tie the reefing points, unless it is blowing really hard.
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Old 10-04-2021, 04:55   #22
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

Thanks for your input, everyone. So, a bit more analysis needed on my end to follow up on these informative replies. I will also look into the Dutchman system.
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Old 10-04-2021, 05:00   #23
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The right solution is first full battens and a good sliding track system, then lazy jacks.


agree and this is also the right setup for a stack pack
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Old 10-04-2021, 05:11   #24
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

.Good point. I have battened main, The sliders and track need some work, the stack pack would be a good idea. The sale cover is relatively new and very roomy and I would think could be modified into a stack pack of some sort.
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Old 10-04-2021, 07:57   #25
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

On my Pearson 30, we have SS rings found a 10 pack on Amazon, and a 3/16 line for lazy jacks. No problems and It was easy enough to make.
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

I just installed lazy jacks last week and went out for the first time. they were a PITA ,went forward to reef and the jacks got all tangled or crossed with the other lines and halyard. . There was gale warnings forcasted and I wanted to test my storm sails. I have a trysail on a seperate track. I changed my mind because the jack lines were too much hassle. I hope I get this figured out to be more easy. They are great 90% of the time when the weather is good. Today I raised the storm sails in the harbor slip and the lazy jacks are going to be a problem in a storm I hope some of you can offer some suggestions.
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

Once you have raised the sail, it helps to tighten up the lazy jacks so they are taut. That way they are not so likely to foul anything.
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Re: Best Lazy Jack System for 30' Pearson, single-hand?

The best lazy jack system is retracted until you are ready to drop the main. The lines should be hooked near the goose neck, placed there after you have flaked down the main. That way you eliminate chafe on the main and keep every thing clear if you want to use a trysail.
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I just installed lazy jacks last week and went out for the first time. they were a PITA ,went forward to reef and the jacks got all tangled or crossed with the other lines and halyard. . There was gale warnings forcasted and I wanted to test my storm sails. I have a trysail on a seperate track. I changed my mind because the jack lines were too much hassle. I hope I get this figured out to be more easy. They are great 90% of the time when the weather is good. Today I raised the storm sails in the harbor slip and the lazy jacks are going to be a problem in a storm I hope some of you can offer some suggestions.
There's lots of different ways to rig lazy jacks--now you just have to find the right way. It could be as simple as moving the mast attachment point up or down (I had to do that), or leading the falls to a different location. Where everything lands on the boom can also be changed, as well as how many legs you need. I would hoist the storm sail, then rig up lazy jacks in a way that they don't interfere with its operation.
Know also that if anything ever is going to tangle or twist, it will invariably do so when it's blowing dogs off chains, and enough practice doing it in benign conditions will help you sort it when things get thick.
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Once you have raised the sail, it helps to tighten up the lazy jacks so they are taut. That way they are not so likely to foul anything.
Oh dear! This is the complete opposite of what I do - I slacken the LZs off a bit so they don't chafe the sail - or even change the shape of the sail which they will do if they are tight. But my LZs run up through a pair of small blocks on the mast. Some people put those blocks out on the spreaders - I suppose for this reason?
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