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Matilda 20 Combined Lazy Jacks & Sailcover

Brooks Northern recently sent in this picture of his combined Lazy Jacks and Sailcover arrangement which he and a sailmaker came up with.

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The boom/sail cover incorporates lazy jacks to help guide the dropping mainsail into the cover.  

On each side of the mast, a 3/16"  line runs from the spreader fitting down to a loop in the bottom portion of each "jack."  When not being used as lazy jacks, the upper lines are clove hitched to a small bronze padeye on the front of mast for storage. 

The bottom portion(s) of the lazy jacks are permanently attached to straps sewn onto the sail/boom cover. Each bottom portion has a tied loop to which the upper line connects to form the lazy jack.  The boom/sail cover was made with three straps, but I only use two: one near the center of the boom and one closer to the mast.  Additional straps at the ends of the sail/boom cover attach to the boom-end fitting and to the mast.

To drop and stow the sail, (1)the ends of the cover are tied to the boom end fitting and  the mast. (2) the top portions of the lazy jacks are attached to the loops of the bottom portions with slipped half hitches (so they can be easily popped loose) to form the lazy jacks. (3) I drop the sail about four feet and start closing the zipper at the boom end, then lower the sail as I guide and pack the sail into the cover, closing the zipper as I go.  The battens lie flat against the boom and stay in their pockets.  (4) When the sail is packed, I pop the top portions of the jacks loose from the bottom portion loops and hitch them to the mast padeye.  The covered boom and sail stow inside the cabin alongside the starboard quarterberth.

The lazy jacks are not needed when raising the sail. I mount the boom to the mast and attach the topping lift and halyard. Next, I feed the sail into the mast's sail track, unzip about a third of the cover,  haul up a bit of sail,  then completely remove the boom/sail cover, and haul away.

With this arrangement, the mainsail goes up or down in just a few minutes and the cover keeps everything clean and tidy.  My jiffy reefing stays in place, too,  which saves another several minutes of rigging if I didn't use the boom/sail cover.

Last updated  26 February, 2007 - Matilda Owners Association.