Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

Stainless-steel shackles, even high-quality ones like this Wichard bow shackle, don’t belong in the anchor rode, in our opinion.

Anchor Shackles Round II

Our search for high-strength shackles yields some surprising data.

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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