Originally Posted by PaulfromNWOnt
I wonder though, given the price of everything else we do to our boats, is an extra dollar of line going to be that detrimental?
I dunno. I consider myself a cost-conscious sailor, and I do hate throwing away bits of line that are too short to use. If you're making many soft shackles, it would add up... to like, $10.
Anyway I can't think of any other reason that the total line length is relevant, since you can always trim the tails at any point.
Actually, no, that's not true. If you try to use a piece of line that is too short
, then you won't be able to make the shackle at all. So actually it's a minimum
length of line.