Anchor Shackles: The $15 Insurance Policy
Pairing a small-diameter chain with a big anchor often requires using two shackles. This setup shows (from left) a 56-pound (25-kilogram) Manson Ray anchor, a 1/2-inch Titan D shackle, a 3/8-inch Titan bow shackle, and 10-millimeter G30 chain.

Anchor Shackles: The $15 Insurance Policy


We’re always amazed how a sailor can spend months agonizing and wringing his hands over which anchor to purchase, and then, when he finally shells out $700 or much more for the anchor, he’ll attach it to a shackle that has no business being on a boat.

We’ve plowed through the topic of shackles in several recent issues, but we haven’t looked specifically at anchor shackles for more than a decade. Choosing a properly sized, high-quality shackle is important, but it’s also essential to be familiar with proper use.

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