Anchor Shackles: The $15 Insurance Policy
Limit your shackle search to load-rated, brand-name products.
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.