Soft Shackles

“Marlin Spike Seamanship” like electrical systems, has never clicked with me. I can do all of the important knots for sailing, Sheet Bend, Rolling Hitch, Bowline, etc. and have completed a few rough looking  three strand eye splices, but the double braid stuff and the decorative wrap never seem to work out.

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The Main Sheet was always too big for the blocks on Santosha and never ran smooth so this year I though myself into learning splicing. I managed after a couple of attempts to splice an eye in the new mainsheet, and turned my attention to something i had only read about but never seen, Soft Shackles.

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These seem like a great idea and look very nautical, so armed with 20′ of Dyneema, and some new Uni-Fids in hand I set to it.

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It was very simple until the knot… this was my fifth attempt, don’t try after a few glasses of wine…

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Now I have the hang of it I will be trying some more rope work, I need the whip my wheel and I have always wanted a monkeys fist heaving line….

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There are many instructional videos out there but this one worked for me:

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