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I linked to a PDF on the Locked Brummel Splice above...
BTW, I'm not a big fan of using shackles on the clew of a headsail, as it can be a very dangerous thing if the headsail is flogging around... I'd rather get hit with two bowlines or a lark's head knot than a metal shackle.
If you want a way to quickly change a headsail but not use a shackle, you can always do a racked splice and add a short spliced racked pigtail to lock the line in the clew.
Originally Posted by johnnyandjebus
Thanks for the replies.
I would consider going without the shackle but I do find it handy when changes sails, storm to 100% jib etc. The boat does not have furling, hank on only and is a contessa 26.
Tager can you expand a bit on what is meant by racking seizing?
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