Soft shackles

Whenever you find yourself waiting for fuel water separators to arrive in the mail and it's raining, it may be a good time to learn how to make soft shackles.

Soft shackles are loops of dyneema line that can take the place of metal shackles.  for example, rather than use a metal shackle at the clew of a flapping Jib sail, one of these shackles would make for  a less lethal arrangement.

there are quite a few You tube tutorials on soft shackles but here is the one offered by Colligo Marine :

soft shackles

here are a few of my practice shackles.  These should be good for 5,000 lbs tension. ( enough to lift a small car )

after making three using the tutorial, I can now make them on my own without Youtube.........give a man a fish and he has fish for a day,  teach a man to make soft shackles and he can sit around all day eating microwave fish sticks and making soft shackles.


grinell smith said...

Build a man a fire and he's warm for a night. Set a man on fire, and he's warm for the rest of his life.