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How to Choose and Use a Trigger Sailboat Shackle | Expert Advice

Trigger release shackles come in various sizes and configurations that are ideal for jib or spinnaker halyards, spinnaker sheets and guys, and tack lines; or jobs where you would want to release the shackle under load.  More efficient than the snap shackle, the trigger shackle has a streamlined design with no external parts to catch, so they run smoothly. The release mechanism, the trigger, is located inside the housing of the shackle making it very unlikely that it will catch […]

How to Choose and Use Sailboat Snap Shackles | Expert Advice

Snap shackles come in a variety of sizes and configurations, and are generally used for halyards, sheets, guys, and tack lines, along with a few specialty applications.  The beauty of a snap shackle is the easy open and release function. Let’s take a closer look. HOW DOES IT WORK A few basic components are found on every snap shackle. The hinged bail, the shackle body bail to which your line is attached, a spring loaded plunger pin with a pull […]

How to Choose and Use Soft Shackles | Expert Advice

There are dozens of shackles you can use on a boat; screw pin, key pin, trigger, J-Lock just to name a few. Recently there is a newer style of shackle that’s been added to the mix. These shackles are collectively referred to as Soft Shackles. Soft Shackles have quickly grown in popularity as the technology for low stretch line like Dyneema and Spectra have advanced. The primary benefit of this shackle is weight reduction without loss in breaking strength. The downside is diminished durability but for most people this is an acceptable trade-off. Our […]

How Tylaska Spool Shackles Work | Expert Advice

While it may look like a spool for your mother’s sewing machine it most certainly is not. A Spool Shackle is yet another light-weight shackle option for sailboats looking to keep things simple and decrease weight. Unlike a conventional knots on halyards, sheets, or outhauls, a spool shackle will not jam up. It will remain easy to fasten and unfasten, even after being under high load. Spool Shackles have exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. The key to the magic of its strength is the line that you use. […]

SOAK Dogbone Shackle | Expert Review

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

How to Lash a Harken T2 Ti-Lite Soft Attach Block | Expert Advice

Here, an APS Rigger shows you how to properly lash a soft attach Harken T2 block using an APS Dyneema Shackle Loop (DSL). Background: Harken’s T2 Soft Attach Blocks represent the first blocks with no fasteners, rivets, or other metal parts – making them incredibly light. These blocks paired with soft shackles will give you lightweight, high performance without compromising strength. Whether you call them soft shackles, softies, or loops – it’s clear that spliced Dyneema shackles are quickly becoming the norm […]

APS Dyneema Shackle Loops (DSLs) | Expert Review

Often called soft shackles, softies, or loops – Spliced Dyneema Shackles are quickly becoming the norm on high performance race boats. Their safe working load-to-weight ratio was a popular characteristic that landed these puppies on an America’s Cup boat holding the mainsheet to a padeye. Sailors like these loops because they are extremely light, they won’t scratch up the boat, and besides looking slick – they’re flexible and can be fastened just about anywhere. Soft shackles can replace traditional shackles […]

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Tylaska Locking Snap Shackle and Spring Loaded Clevis Pins | Expert Advice

Favorite vendors, friends and customers both old and new, the Annapolis Boat Show is the place we see them all. It”s also the time and place we get to see some new and unique products. This year I got to catch up with Tim and Dianne from Tylaska and, as usual, they didn”t disappoint me and they had something new and unique to show me. Check these out… On the left you”ll see what looks like a standard snap shackle. […]