July 2014 Issue
Tylaska Tops in Snap Shackles
Quick-release snap shackles do double duty on the halyard.
Snap shackles have become as familiar to sailors as pots and pans are to a harried chef. From dinghies to mega yachts, the function of these ubiquitous bits of hardware remains consistent. Each affords a quick and reliable means of making that all-important halyard-to-sail junction. The absolute minimalist might say that a bowline can do the same, afterall, isnít it the favored means of attaching sheets to the clew of a sail? The knots-for-snap shackles debate loses out, however, when it comes to hasty halyard swaps, not to mention the release of a loaded spinnaker guy. And even if youíre not quite ready to label these shackles as essential hardware, they certainly do make life on the foredeck a whole lot easier.
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