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Quick Release - Snap Shackles

I have a new Potter 19. It did not come with (Quick Release Pins - Snap Shackles) for the mainsheet to boom, forestay, or boom vang.

Should I buy quick release pins or snap shackles? (is there a difference?) Where can I buy them?

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I would not use any kind of 'snap' shackle on rigging (someone bumps it and the rig comes down). And using one on a main sheet would only be a good idea for the boom end. As the one that attaches to the boat could be snagged by a rouge sheet and released unintentionally. I'd stick with screw shackles.

If you want, a simple lashing will attach the mainsheet to the boom rather well. Cheaper than a shackle.

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With a trailerable boat where you have the rig up and down, I can certainly see wanting to quickly connect/disconnect the rigging, so some snap shackles may be the way to go.


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I..... And using one on a main sheet would only be a good idea for the boom end.....
We use one on the mainsheet, on the traveler attachment. This allows us to disconnect and move the sheet (off of our mid-cockpit traveler) to the rail to open up the cockpit for socializing.

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You can buy snap-shackles from any marine supply store like WM (West Marine)

Would could also buy on ebay.

Some people use Steveston Marine or Defender.

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If you decide to go with snaps, then at least tape them closed on the rig.

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