Building Our Own Lazy Jacks

I decided I wanted lazy jacks. After trying to gather a mainsail that was spread out over the entire pilot house or a mizzen across the boomkin in rolling seas while sea sick, they were darn necessary! How nice would it be to just drop the sails?!

Michael & the sea

So thus making up my mind… how to go about building them? Nadejda had them at one time as our booms had the eye straps to attach to. With four points on each side of the boom a simple triangle system with additional ropes of sliding thimbles seemed good to me. Yet at the time looking through West Marine & the images that I could find on Google, none of them matched with what I was thinking. Was I wrong, missing something? I mean I am new to all of this. Not being able to figure out a reason why not trial and err was in order.

We bought a spool of 1/4″ double braid, stainless thimbles, blocks & shackles. I wanted to splice in the thimbles as I had the tools & enjoyed doing it in the past. The blocks we’d attach near the first spreaders & the shackles were for taking the whole apparatus down in the future when the grinder comes out & we work on the booms. (Did I mention that I hate grindings?)

Earlier this month we met Dean & Kopi of the S/V Martha Rose. When we talked about our need to complete the project soon, Dean offered to show me his as he’d worked through his a couple times to get what he wanted. When he uncovered them, they looked similar to what I was thinking. He adjusted his from the boom & I was planning on the mast. It put a smile on my face to know that I was thinking in the right direction. I’m sure we will go through modifications also as we get to know what we like & what we need.

Today we spent the entire day building them as the day of departure is looming & we wanted them on before we go. It was an ideal day to spend splicing as the cold, wet, windy weather only wanted to be taken in small doses. Our first few were done with the directions near as it had been months since we’d last done one. It was monotonous & amazingly exhausting work completing 28 splices, it made us realize why someone would pay to have it done. As soon as one set was done we’d go hang them up. They looked about what we thought they should look like. We”ll test them out once we put the sails back on. There is something satisfying about doing as much as you are able on your own.

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