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An easy enhanced soft shackle

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  1. catalanc

    catalanc

    Joined Mar 23, 2015
    188 posts, 43 likes
    Catalina 22 MK-II
    US Dillon, CO
    Just out of curiosity, where would you want to use a soft shackle?
     


  2. weinie

    weinie

    Joined Sep 6, 2010
    1,298 posts, 264 likes
    Jeanneau 349
    US port washington, ny
    Use it to attach a block anywhere where you need a little more freedom of movement than a steel shackle provides.
    Spinnaker or jib sheets with eye splices in them.
    I leave one attached to the end of my boom for the halyard to attach to (in lieu of a topping lift).
     


  3. catalanc

    catalanc

    Joined Mar 23, 2015
    188 posts, 43 likes
    Catalina 22 MK-II
    US Dillon, CO
    OK. Thanks for the quick reply. I had heard about putting them at the jib sheet ends. I currently use a single jib sheet with a cow hitch in the middle. Soft shackles better?
     


  4. weinie

    weinie

    Joined Sep 6, 2010
    1,298 posts, 264 likes
    Jeanneau 349
    US port washington, ny
    I'm a fan of bowlines honestly... but that's a conversation for another thread.
     


  5. catalanc

    catalanc

    Joined Mar 23, 2015
    188 posts, 43 likes
    Catalina 22 MK-II
    US Dillon, CO
  6. genec

    genec

    Joined Dec 30, 2010
    188 posts, 57 likes
    Pacific Seacraft Orion27
    US HP: San Diego, M: Anacortes
    I like the cow hitch too... makes the jib clew slide over the stays'l stay easier than a bowline would.

    I could however see using soft shackles for blocks to change the lead angle for the jib sheets. Seems like a great use.
     


  7. colemj

    colemj

    Joined Jul 13, 2004
    51 posts, 22 likes
    -Manta Catamaran -Manta 40
    US Mystic, CT
    If you don't need to remove or change the jib sheets often, I can't see anything easier or better than a cow hitch. That is what I've always used. I guess the downside is that if you ever chafe or damage one leg, you need to replace the whole thing.

    Like mentioned earlier, we also use a soft shackle to connect our bridle to the anchor chain.

    Mark
     


  8. oldlaxer1

    oldlaxer1

    Joined Dec 19, 2014
    53 posts, 13 likes
    Tartan 30
    US Baltimore
    Thanks Mark. I was just thinking of adding an "emergency" anchor on my stern rail but didn't want to leave the chain and rode attached because I have no easy way to get it into the lazarette and don't want to put more holes in the boat. A simple soft shackle would be a very quick way to attach the rode and deploy the anchor in an emergency.
     


  9. colemj

    colemj

    Joined Jul 13, 2004
    51 posts, 22 likes
    -Manta Catamaran -Manta 40
    US Mystic, CT
    To clarify, we use a soft shackle to attach our bridle (snubber) to the chain - not to attach the chain to the anchor.

    However, quickly attaching the rode to the anchor in an emergency situation like you describe would be fine, although I would consider that a short-term usage only.

    Mark
     


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  10. oldlaxer1

    oldlaxer1

    Joined Dec 19, 2014
    53 posts, 13 likes
    Tartan 30
    US Baltimore
    Hopefully any "emergency" requiring a quick deployment of the stern anchor is short lived! I would have a standard shackle on the anchor in the event my emergency wasn't quite that time critical. Thanks for the input.

    John
     




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