Anchor Shackles Round II

Anchor Shackles Round II


In this report, we continue our investigation into shackles, re-testing one shackle that fell below the maker’s specifications, Canada Metal Pacific’s black-pin Titan shackle, and testing for the first time a widely used shackle from West Marine. We also offer our initial findings on two stainless-steel shackles: the Tecni-lift 316 bow shackle and a “no-name” stainless-steel shackle marked “Hong Kong,” which is representative of the many generic stainless shackles you’ll find in hardware stores and some chandleries.

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  • Systems & Propulsion

    Monitoring Your Marine Battery Bank

    Two recent tests graphically demonstrated the importance of monitoring state of charge in a boat’s batteries. hese tests demonstrated that a sealed battery’s capacity will be reduced over time, if it’s never brought back up to a full state of charge. But just how...

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  • Belowdecks & Amenities

    Best Marine Toilet Papers

    When testers dismantled Practical Sailor’s test holding tanks—the site of years of experiments with holding-tank chemicals, sanitation hoses, and vent filters—we hoped that it was the last hands-on contact we’d have with marine sanitation systems for a long...

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  • Boat Maintenance

    Winch Grease Corrosion Tests

    When it comes to most mechanical things—like wheel bearings on a car—“it’s miles that wears ’em out,” as my grandfather used to say. And while there are many reasons why 200,000 miles on a modern car is less remarkable than 75,000 miles was in his day,...

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