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SOAK Dogbone Shackle | Expert Review

8/2016 NOTE: This product is currently out of production.  check out our other dogbones here

SOAK Dogbone

These shackle alternatives are super simple, lightweight and easy to use. In the video below I will show you our preferred method for using the SOAK Dogbone Shackle. There are certainly other ways to use this clever invention but the method shown below is how we intend our custom rigging that utilizes the dogbone (like our J70 tackline) to be installed.

The best uses for a dogbone shackle that we have found are for main halyard attachment, outhaul attachment, and spinnaker sheet and tackline attachment on boats under 27’. The dogbone comes in 3 sizes;  #8 for 1/8” line or smaller, #10 for 1/8”-3/16”line, and #12 for 3/16”-1/4”line.

The sky is the limit with these little gems and if you can think it up, we can probably make it for you. We have seen the dogbones used all over the place from reefing lines to attachment of running back turning blocks, to securing an outboard lead for jib reaching. Give us a call with your idea for using dogbones, and our customer service team and riggers will be happy to make you a solution that fits your needs. Enjoy!

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  1. I want to use dogbones for spinnaker sheets. The line core is 5/32 spectra but some of my kites have rings with an inner diameter as great as 1.25". Can you recommend what dogbone size you use based on ID of the ring and not just line size?

  2. In the case of the Halyard/headboard application, we have routinely used simple small stopper ball in the same fashion on dingys. any reason to prefer a dogbone over the stopper ball?

    thanks for the helpful tips

    • We think the dogbone has a few benefits over a stopper ball and knot although in reality they’re both very similar. First of all a dogbone is spliced which will retain more of the line’s original line strength (versus a knot). A splice is also more permanent which allows you to have more easily repeatable settings should you adjust the halyard tension. A metal dog bone with a splice will be more durable and last longer than a plastic stopper ball and a knot. Less critically, a dog bone is arguably more secure because the loop you put around the dogbone is less able to slide over and off a dogbone than it might potentially on a stopper ball, however unlikely.

      Thanks for the question and Happy Sailing!

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