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How To Install Lazy Jacks - Cruising World

One of the most important innovations for shorthanded sailing is, arguably, lazy jacks, so named because the sailor using them can simply let go of the halyard. As an added bonus, the person on the helm never has his or her vision blocked by the sail. The sail then drops into a nice basket on top of the boom ready for furling or reefing—no sail wrestling involved. Installing Lazy Jacks In the glory days of sail, the British sailors were known as jack-tars, and with a flurry of shouted commands from the quarterdeck, they could have a huge sail furled or reefed in seconds. Source: