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Keeping shackles on halyards and other challenging positions

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What is the issue?
Changing sails quickly or in boisterous conditions can result in the halyard shackles being lost overboard.

Why address this?
Stainless steel shackles are expensive and in racing conditions a lost shackle could delay a sail change and cost a race result.

How to address this?
‘Mouse’ the shackle onto the halyard splice with whipping line as presented in figure 1 and 2. This will stop a shackle falling off a halyard.
A pin lanyard keeps it attached to the body of the shackle. The light line twists a little as the threaded pin is screwed in. If you wish you can add a small fishing swivel to prevent this but it is not necessary.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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