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One possible drawback of the soft shackle, if you use your spinnaker pole downwind on your headsail.
If you put eye splices into your sheets and connect them with a soft shackle they can easily become jammed in the jaws. Naturally enough this will depend on the relative size of your sheets the eye is much more likely to get caught up in the pole jaws, where a bowline creates a much larger obstruction.
I noticed this on a boat we crewed on during a few twilights this year.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
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