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Shackles for the Mainsail

I am refitting a San Juan 23 and the previous owner had used BIG galvanized bow shackles to secure the main to the slugs. I am having a really hard time finding stamped shackles half inch by one and a quarter. Lots of cast shacles and the like for $$$$$$$ each. Heck, I need 20 of them. Been to West, Defender and the lot. Anybody got any "local knowledge"?

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Most sail slides I've used have shackles made of Plastic.
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Try "www.sailrite.com/Categories/Shackles?range=11%2C20%2C20"
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Thanks to all for your advise. SailDog, I had not found your source, although I had found the Chinese company who makes those shackles, just no US vendor.

Fair winds to all and thank you again.

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I will repeat the link I provided above, in case you missed it.

Plastic shackle

You really should replace those galvanized shackles on your sail slides with plastic. Metal would just prematurely wear the slot on your plastic slides. Plus, they only cost .80 each.
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Thanks TrueBlue

I tried those shackles and they I would have preferred them, but they are too small. The main on my San Juan has a luff rope and a piece of reinforcing that results in my needing a fairly wide opening, then there is the 3/4 inch distance to the grommet. So I need a minimum 1/4 x 1 inch flat shackle. By the way, I have 20 of those plastic shackles for sale, or free to anyone who might need them.

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