It depends. On larger boats the furler is usually installed around a headstay.
On some smaller boats the furlers can be attached at the tack and head of the sail, and there is no stay to speak of.
Our boat has a genoa furler with the foil extrusion and furling hardware clamped around the headstay wire. We also have a staysail with the furling hardware attached to the sail.
Our old Melges 24 had the furling hardware attached to the jib, as does our 11.5 sailing pram.
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