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#31 Dr Dave

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:10 AM

Hi,

An option to ponder possibly, is what I did to my previous yacht (Beale 37 Entropy) many years ago

I got the rigger (Reef rite in Kerikeri who were excellent) to weld some 1" tube both sides of the boom to create a park bench. It was simple and relatively cheap to do

I attached the lazy jacks to the tube  (ran then forward when sailing)

With an external track and bat cars it meant I could easily hoist/lower and sail her single handedly

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:11 AM

I disagree. It was the second best thing I fitted to my Boat. 

What was the best thing you fitted to your boat?

 

On the stack-pack question, what do you do with it while sailing? My main question is around it flapping and driving me insane.


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 07:06 AM

Second attempt. I followed the instruction from Sailrite as a guide to plotting, which was quite over sized in my case, because the sail sits very high on the mast due the great clearance between the boom and the end of the mast track. Version one looked ugly, also had quite a bit of slack and was flopping a lot. I trimmed the bottom (400mm on the front and 0mm on the other other end) and this is how I ended up with. I was planing to make the front cover with a hood to cover the tip of the sail, but actually I found another solution (while I typing this post) I can lift the boom on its track roughly the same amount as missing on the top. It is a bit of work every time, but I have to do it when I stow it for a longer period not every time for example on a weekend or overnight trip. I'll check it later this week. Anyway, thanks for help from members, with tips and suggestions, I'm kind of happy with the result and a very few thing on it what I would change (on the next one).

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 07:49 AM

Looks fine. My only comment is the lazy jacks - one going further back would be better, to help the aft end of the sail stay in the bag when dropping sail....
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Posted 30 October 2017 - 08:42 AM

I knew it... actually I used two of the six pulleys somewhere else and that's why I decided to leave like this until next time. 


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 01:10 PM

Next time has arrived (the aft section of lazy jack is supported now), but I still did not finished the front cover yet. Too much nice weather to go sailing rather the spending time on the sewing machine.

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 01:31 PM

What was the best thing you fitted to your boat?

 

On the stack-pack question, what do you do with it while sailing? My main question is around it flapping and driving me insane.

Best thing I did was disconnect the stack pack from the lazy jacks because it just was unacceptable flapping around there while sailing.

 So what we have is a bag that lives on the boom inside the jacks. we just roll it and tuck it in a bit each side and it disappears along the boom.

 drop the sail as usual inside the lazy jacks , shake the cover out and zip it up  no problem. No wear or chafe  issues, must be close on 5 years old now.

 

 I'll tell you for free what they don't tell you about stack packs though. They have a zip along the top and rainwater accumulates like you will not believe. The rainwater produces slime in your lovely sail if you leave it for a few weeks, winter say.. So its worth putting a lot of extra effort into getting that flap oversized and well overlapped to mitigate that. I have to top my boom up when we leave the boat just to beat that problem.


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#38 jonathan

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 07:57 PM

great advice right there!


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#39 Vorpal Blade

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 09:52 AM

Another solution to the pooling issue on stackpacks is simply to ease one side of the lazy jacks off so there isn't a horizontal surface on top.


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 05:03 AM

I have not much flapping, even in fresh breeze. In short run, I'll leave it on, possibly when I go for longer trip I can lower it and tie to the boom. I'll see. Water ingress, hmmm possible but I'll try use the boat more often than a few weeks. 


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