Re: Lazyjacks

The Costas (
Fri, 26 Nov 1999 12:09:00 -0800

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The line (of the loop) went from the static mast line; down through a
padeye; up to a ring tied to the end of the moving mast line; down through
the other padeye; back up to the static mast line. This was a nice system
as the two lines on each side of the sail trapped most of the sail when the
LJ line was hauled in. I'm not sure on the terms, but Bruce's system acted
like a topping lift/lazy jacks combined.

>You have pretty well described the lazy jack I use. It's not asymmetrical
>though, because the line is free to run under the boom, so it equalizes. I
>didn't know Bruce was using something similar. I'm not too clear on why
>there would be two padeyes under the boom unless he is using two loops
>under the boom.
>In the photo at
><>, it I
>look very close, I think I can see a pair of lazyjack lines supporting the
>boom and sails on Bruce's Aillte, which is the P15 rafted out in the
>foreground. In the background of the same photo is Manatee, with her spars
>and orange-and-white sails hauled up out of the way, supported by the lazy
>P14 #234, Manatee
>Mountain View, CA
>>Do any of the PY's remember how Bruce Little had his LJ set up? As I can
>>recall he had an 1/8" line tied in a loop that went under the boom and up
>>two lines that were attached to the top of the mast, one to a padeye, and
>>the other through a cheek block and down to a cleat on the side of the
>>The looped line passed through two padeyes on the underside of the boom.
>>>From the gooseneck, one padeye was at about %25 and the other about %66
>>the length of the boom. I remember him telling that during the testing
>>phase he taped the padeyes to the boom so he could move them. He said
>>he tried different locations (for the padeyes) and lengths of line (for
>>loop) until he got it right. The rig was adjustable although asymmetrical
>>when used as only one side of the loop was raised or lowered. That didn't
>>seem to be a problem as the rig worked fine.