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Ianphot
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Post by Ianphot » Mon May 14, 2007 10:42 am

Am I alone in hating shackle rings? They seem to be designed to frustrate and annoy, especially on a cold wet day when fingers are less than nimble and the little blighters ping off into the grass! Is there any reason other than cost for using these and can I safely replace them with screw or captive pin shackles?

Rupert
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Post by Rupert » Mon May 14, 2007 1:09 pm

You are not the only one...
Screw shackles have a habit of undoing at vital moments, so not too good on your shrouds. For some reason the constant slight flexing can loosen them. You can always tape them up, but then you are left fighting insulation tape with cold hands instead.
There are shackles made with either a fold over bit on the end or very expensive push fit ones- take out a mortgage and visit your local chandler! It is much cheaper to keep a supply of spare rings
Rupert

Garry R
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Post by Garry R » Mon May 14, 2007 2:26 pm

I also find many of the shackle rings small and fiddly. I did get some which were a bigger diameter than the normal ones and they aren't quite so bad. I find that the simple split ring type rather than the key ring style are easier and once they are clipped on they are more or less in position. Sadly can't remember where they came from so I am now frustrated by forgetfulness rather than arthritis!!!!!!!!!.

Garry R
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Post by Garry R » Mon May 14, 2007 4:01 pm


Ianphot
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Post by Ianphot » Mon May 14, 2007 6:03 pm

The ones in question are attaching my genoa so as these are tightened each time I sail there should be no problem using a screw or toggle clevis. Thanks for the replies!

Ian

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Post by Pat » Tue May 15, 2007 12:46 pm

There's also a safety pin style clevis clip. Easy on and off but point needs taping.
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