A Better Soft Shackle
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DescriptionI make and use a lot of soft shackles to attach my jib sheets. The normal soft shackle is rather difficult to open and to milk closed. With age, it gets every more difficult to use. The alternative Kohlhoff style looks a bit insecure although under load it is perfectly secure. This version is a bit of a hybrid with hopefully the best properties of both. The eye is easy to open but can only be opened just enough to fit the stopper knot through it. Almost any slight force will close it quickly. The basic construction is a pass through eye, a shackle section of about 2 1/2inches for the 5/32 line below, 3 inches for 3/16, a pass through lock and then a bury of the other strand into a body section of about 5 1/2 inches, another pass through and finally a diamond knot.
This shackle is very secure. I can pull on the part of the shackle that tends to open the eye and yank as hard as I want on the shackle and it won't come undone. The only way I can get it undone is to open the eye and push the diamond knot through while holding the eye. The slightest force closes this shackle. You don't have to milk it closed.
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