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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:57 pm
by evanwellens
So our spin halyard went aloft again. Was wondering if someone can reccomend a good replacement for the snap shackle , like the one used on the main halyard . Same with the spin sheet shackle ( in this case it's a continous sheet ) again would like something more reliable. We tape things , but sometimes the tape fails or covers the release and our whole game is blown. Any suggestions would be really great !!

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:01 am
by prexelius
For the sheet we have been using a Tylaska SP6 snap shackle.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:01 pm
by evanwellens
Do you have to tape it ?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:12 pm
by kcpilotpat
We changed to a soft shackle a couple of years ago for the halyard and clew on the spin. It hasn't failed us yet and i really like that there are not metal parts banging on the mast.

Pat ... h9ydn_pyj8

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:27 pm
by danieljcpa
Does anyone use soft shackles?

If they work, they would be great for Spin sheets...not sure about how they would work for halyards...but there are no sharp edges.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:37 pm
by evanwellens
So with soft shackles there's no swivel. Does that inhibit the releasing of twists on your sets ? I love the idea!! Especially on light days where every ounce of lost weight helps keep our chute out of the water.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:54 pm
by prexelius
There is nothing to tape on the Tylaska snap shackle. The release trigger is on the inside.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:13 pm
by 115302
We have had only one snap shackle release on the spinnaker halyard in about 1000 hoists in the last ten years when taped properly. The trick is to re-tape every day. We use 3M Plastic Colored Tape. I believe a swivel is necessary on the spin halyard attachment to help prevent hourglasses.

No shackle is required for the spin sheets. Strip the ends of your spin sheets, use a yoke or Y as pictured in this link, and use a bowline to tie to the clew. It is lighter than a shackle and is less likely to catch on the forestay during a jibe. ... nakerSheet

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