Discussion in 'Cruising Sailors' started by Pilgrimtex, Mar 30, 2017.
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Just out of curiosity, where would you want to use a soft shackle?
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).
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?
I'm a fan of bowlines honestly... but that's a conversation for another thread.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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