If we were to buy a lazy jacks kit for a boat our size we could easily spend over $350.00. Ever the DIYers, we decided we were going to save $330.00 and make our own. To be fair, we had most of the items needed to put a set of snazzy and Chance-approved lazy jacks together and only needed to buy one block and the line. Even if we had to buy all the individual parts, this project wouldn’t of cost more than $60.
Lazy jacks are a set of lines that attach to your mast and help you fold or flake your sail easier when you let it down. You could easily sail without them, but for a $20 investment they will make our cruising life so much easier. The main items you need to make your own set of lazy jacks similar to the ones we made are line, small blocks, O rings or D rings, eyelets and some stainless screws.
On Chance we pride ourselves on being bright, colorful and out of the ordinary. (Why else would we quit our great jobs in a bad economy and sail away?) Due to this fact we picked a lime green paracord for our lazy jacks. It screams, “Hey, look at me!” and “I know how to have a good time,” instead of “I’m plain white line, just like the rest, and I like to blend in.” Paracord is what they use when you skydive so it is absolutely strong enough for our purposes. We could of easily used 1/4″ line as well, but the store we got the line at didn’t carry it in lime green. Clearly our priorities are in line.
The sad thing is that now that we have these new fancy lazy jacks in place I can’t use our new sail cover that I made. I was already going to have to make some adjustments for our mainsheet purchase system, but now I have more things to consider. For now, we’re just placing the cover over the sail and securing it with some fancy bungees. If that doesn’t scream “sophisticated sailing vessel” I don’t know what will. I think all I am going to to end up doing is taking out the bottom zipper and adding some straps that go under the boom until I can make us a proper sail bag someday way in the future when I have time.