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    continous furler line - hardware in the cockpit

    Here is a photo showing my setup. The pair of cleats that are empty are for the inner forestay that wasn't installed when I took the photo. The set that has the blue & white furler line is the headstay. A similar setup is on the port side, for the sprit.
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    continous furler line - hardware in the cockpit

    I have 3 Karver continuous line furler setups with 8mm Marlow MGP Furler 50 line on my Express 37. I have 2 Harken Cam Cleats close together for each one. The furl side has a Harken Extreme angIe Cam Cleat Fairlead on the Cam Cleat, while the lazy side has a standard Flairlead on the Cam Cleat. I snap both lines in, tensioned a bit, to protect from unfurling. To unfurl, I snap both out and get the furler to start turning but once the sail starts opening, the furling line slacks and doesn't move, so no block and bungee needed.The tail is 6-7' long so i can furl while standing with the tiller between my knees. No tangling yet. I sail singlehanded, with a structural furler headstay, inner fore stay, and sprit. Use the right furling line and not just something you have. While furling singlehanded, you may feel like you need 3 hands. You'll figure it out.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Dogbones

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