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SD - that is what the procedure is called. My students chortle every time I teach them them how do it.
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SD - that is what the procedure is called. My students chortle every time I teach them them how do it.
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With knots instead of shackles, it will be a little difficult to blow the guy in hurry when necessary (and sooner or later it will be necessary).
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For the speed and convenience of a shackle without the flailing metal, I use this...
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Guys (no pun intended here), we're talking about spin gear, not jib sheets. To the OP, how big is your boat? If you're sailing a one design with a small kite, sure, tie it on. Some folks even like barrel shackles though they're not my fav by any means. If you're on a larger boat, if you haven't had already, you will have a moment when the chute needs to come down now. That means quicky blowing a sheet or guy and sometime under load. If you're tied on, you only have the option of a knife, and line is expensive. Shackles for both halyard (your fordeck will love you) and sheets/guys. If you're tying things together, you're also limiting your take down options, yet alone thinking of doing a peel. In windier conditions, I wouldn't want to do a letterbox drop without being able to disconnect things in an instant. Just MHO
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The soft shackles are great, but only if you know it's going to be a light air day. And if that's the case, just tie them on. Soft shackles can't be released under load.

Spin gear needs to come off the chute quickly. And if the halyard shackle popped open, buy the foredeck a roll of tape, tell him to put one wrap around the halyard shackle when they hook up the kite. This works on 95%+ of boats. Other boats use trigger shackles (boats with a big budget).

If you're worried about weight on the sail, strip your sheets back to where they hit a winch or a crew members hand. You can also tapper sheets. My spin sheets are 5/16" with cover, then go to 1/4" w/ cover, then go to 1/8" dyneema and no cover. Very light.
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