One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small rope extending vertically from the topping lift to the boom for holding a fore-and-aft sail when it is being taken down.
- ‘The fully battened main has lazy jacks which make raising and lowering the sail a simple task.’
- ‘Additionally, the lazy jacks prevent the boom and sails from falling all over everyone in the cockpit.’
- ‘With lazy jacks it might make sense to run the main halyard and topping lift aft to the cockpit.’
- ‘You simply lower the halyard, let the sail settle between the lazy jacks into the cover, and zip the cover closed.’
- ‘The lazy jacks contain the bunt of the sail, so there's no need to tie off the individual reef pendants.’
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