Members' Online Book: Sail Handling and Rigging Made Easy, Chapter 21 of 36

Lazyjacks—Mainsail Handling Made Easy

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Other sailors are often surprised that Phyllis and I set, reef, and strike Morgan’s Cloud’s 600 square foot mainsail without resorting to complex gear like roller furling masts or booms.

But actually, it’s pretty easy using the simple gear that we have installed and fine tuned over 22 years and well over 100,000 miles.

Setup

The core of our system is our lazyjacks. In my opinion, any boat over about 45 feet that will be sailed short handed needs lazyjacks. Having said that, many of the systems we see out there are way too complicated. Here’s all you need:

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John

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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