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Lazy Jacks and racing

Discussion in 'Catalina 30' started by Jimski, Jun 27, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Parsons


    Joined Jul 12, 2011
    683 posts, 274 likes
    Catalina 36
    US Bay City, MI
    Every casual race boat around here (larger than an open dingy or Lightning) has lazy jacks, and seem to not have any performance problems. As @Jackdaw said, if you're REALLY serious (guessing not, if you chose a Catalina 30), you'd have your large crew roll your carbon-fiber sails before storing below. It seems a shame to have anything you have on your boat unavailable to you for casual or single-handed sailing.

  2. John Tubb

    John Tubb

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    981 posts, 269 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Guntersville, AL
    How open is the stack pack when closed up? What I mean is that my current cover uses snaps along the bottom and is open to let the spiders and wasps get inside. I could see investing if it better sealed up the sails and helped me prevent spiders from making a home.

  3. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,259 posts, 1,017 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS

  4. Jimski


    Joined May 20, 2015
    25 posts, 2 likes
    Catalina 30
    US Seabrook
    I do strive to NOT be too serious. If winning ever becomes more important than having a good time then its past time to call it quits. My Catalina 30 is my first and according to my wife the only sailboat I will ever own. I bought it thinking I would upgrade after a few years to something in the 34-36 foot range to more comfortably sail offshore.

    Now I think the C30 is a great boat and capable for all my purposes. I did my first offshore race a few weeks ago and took 2nd place in non-spin. A C&C 115 beat me out by only a few minutes corrected time. My crew and I were very happy with our performance.

    I usually race in cruising club class. I dont think can be competitive in non-spin without spending serious money on kevlar sails. I am not going to do that. I am trying to balance out what I can do to the boat to make it easier to sail and hopefully a little faster without breaking the bank. I do not want to do anything that would slow me down though. Leisure sails are also important. I've had crew mutiny and inform me we were not going to use the main on a leisure sail because they didnt want to hassle with flaking it upon return. Thanks to the inputs here I am going to more forward installing lazy jacks.

  5. Apex


    Joined Jun 19, 2013
    826 posts, 113 likes
    Oday 28
    US Traverse City
    Lazy jack lines can be pulled forward to the gooseneck, so alongside mast and boom. very easy

  6. thinwater


    Joined Mar 26, 2011
    2,203 posts, 514 likes
    Corsair F-24 MK I
    US Deale, MD
    Mast steps and min-fridge? Not a racer :snooty:. Might as well tow a dinghy.

    Just funnin' you!

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