Lazy jacks are an essential part of sailboat rigging that helps to control the mainsail when it is lowered and stowed. They consist of lines or webbing that are attached to the mast and run down to a point on either side of the boom. In this tutorial, we will discuss how to make a lazy jack sail using HTML styling elements to make the content engaging and organized.
- 1. 4 lengths of 3/16″ diameter line or webbing (approximately 10-15 feet long each)
- 2. 2 small stainless steel shackles
- 3. Sailmaker’s needle and waxed thread
1. Attach the Lines or Webbing:
To start, attach one end of each line or webbing to the mast just above the height of the boom using a small stainless steel shackle. Make sure they are evenly spaced on both sides of the mast.
2. Secure the Lines to the Boom:
Next, run each line through a fairlead near the front of the boom and secure them with another shackle on each side. This will keep them in position while sailing.
3. Create Loops for Easy Adjustment:
To allow for easy adjustment, create loops at regular intervals along each line by tying a small overhand knot. These loops will be used to hold up the lazy jacks when not in use.
4. Attach Lazy Jacks to Sail:
The final step is attaching the lazy jacks to the sail.
Start by sewing small stainless steel rings to the sail approximately 1/3 of the way down from the head of the mainsail, using a sailmaker’s needle and waxed thread. Attach one ring to each side of the sail.
5. Run Lazy Jacks Through Rings:
Once the rings are securely attached, run each line or webbing through the corresponding ring on each side of the sail. This will ensure that the lazy jacks are properly aligned and functional.
Tips and Considerations:
- 1. It is important to adjust the tension of your lazy jacks correctly. They should provide enough support to control the mainsail when it is lowered but should not interfere with raising or lowering it.
- 2. Regularly inspect your lazy jacks for any signs of wear and tear, especially at attachment points and along their length. Replace any damaged lines or webbing promptly to maintain their effectiveness.
By following these step-by-step instructions, you can easily make a lazy jack sail for your sailboat. Remember to regularly maintain and inspect your lazy jacks to ensure their proper functioning. Happy sailing!