Features September 2014 Issue

Mainsail Halyard Shackles

From bronze to stainless to Dyneema, PS searches for the best

A mainsail halyard shackle needs to be as reliable as an on/off switch on a table saw. Itís a one-act pony thatís counted on to perform perfectly each and every time. These essential shackles fly under the radar and have become so much a part of every sailorís routine that they are simply taken for granted. They terminate mainsail, mizzen, and foresail halyards aboard sailboats ranging from dinghies to mega yachts. We become so familiar with the hardware, that idiosyncrasies like a slightly bent clevis pins, damaged threads, or a misshapen stamped fork opening are tolerated.

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