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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. This is how I did it.
  2. Stack pack or not?

    Not the best photos, but it does show the white Lazyjack bag. Here's the bag holding a triple reefed Main.
  3. Stack pack or not?

    My Express 37 has a lazy jack bag like the IMOCAs do, no PVC stiffeners, and two line slab reefing, no ties. I can reef and shake my carbon main while kneeling at the companionway in the dark, water flying, in a minute or 2. Sail just lands in the bag,nice & tidy. I never need to even stand up. I don't notice any noise, or flapping. It works perfect for me, as I sail singlehanded offshore all the time, but not buoy racing. Worked flawlessly on the 2016 SHTP and SH back to Dana Point. I sewed it myself using Textilene/Phiffertex fabric and it has velcro straps that wrap around the boom, no hardware. After 4 years, the old one had frayed straps, so I made another. The sail cover can be a pain, but so what, I wouldn't have a boat without it. It's going to make the round trip to Hawaii and back again in 2018.
  4. Dogbones

    Here is a photo of the toggles I use on my E37.
  5. Dogbones

    Pakala, my Express 37, uses 1/2 carbon fiber rod as toggles/dogbones lashed & epoxied to dyneema covered loops for all headsail & reaching sail sheets. Each toggle setup has a velcro strap wrapped around the loop as a keeper. Similar design to those used on Volvo 60s for their sheets. Soft shackles for all halyards except the main. 10,000 miles including 2016 SHTP & return to Dana Point, and none shook free. Cheap. Make them yourself. Good therapy. And they look cool.
  6. I have them on my primary winches on my Express 37. I sail singlehanded almost exclusively. Very handy when close tacking singlehanded. They would be replaced with the same thing if they broke.
  7. Iridium Go

    I have the package with external antenna from Predictwind on our Express 37. Unit is wired to the house bank. Getting GRIBs from PW is sometimes spotty, but you can't use PW once the race starts, so I tried SailMail's Airmail 3.5. It works great, even when sitting at the dock in Marina del Rey. I use the Iridium $125/month subscription, so data is unlimited and 150 min of talk too. Airmail 3.5 works off my windows laptop so the GRIBs can be easily imported by Expedition. An iPad, with a bluetooth keyboard, is used with the Iridium Mail & Iridium Go apps for email, texting, & Phone. I also have a Bluetooth Mic/Headset that connects to the iPad for phone calls. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy way to deal with satcoms, but it is just as slow as a handheld sat phone. Iridium Go is not a Fleet Broadband connection by any means. You cannot surf the web, but can send & receive 60-100k files, text, position reports, and voice calls. Others have brought up that if you have to abandon ship, it isn't the best choice for grab & go. They have a point. However, in a cost / benefit analysis, the connection plans that are available make it a very attractive choice compared to the connection costs for a handheld and the gadgets you need to get a handheld to connect to your laptop. I am a paying enduser, not a spokesman for any company.