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Re: Cool, soft way of attaching jib sheets
I found a source of Amsteel last summer. At $10.00 / pound for mil ends I started using it for all sorts of things. It's ease of splicing, knot holding, low stretch, amazing strength, abrasion resistance and light weight has made it my favorite new toy. I gave soft shackles as stocking stuffers to my kids this past Christmas. Ha! (They are all adults). I just, last week, replaced the boat cover's support structure with an Amsteel ridge line and web. Now the entire 30' cover and structure fits into my Saab's trunk. You gotta love it. No more chain for twitching logs. No more meat hooks on the winch "cable". I love it. I did replace my life lines with it.
It hadn't occurred to me to use a soft shackle for my jib sheets until your post. Thanks! Now to splice eyes in the sheets.