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Cam and SD, thanks to you both for your advice. Would you use thimbles for the eyes on the shackle or just just the eye splice?
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IMHO, I think you'll get less chafe if you have the line directly spliced tightly to the shackle, as you would in a chain-rope rode splice. The additional movement allowed by the thimble isn't really needed, since you'll have the shackle to handle the movement. The splices will still need to be inspected regularly. The thimbles could become a source of chafe as well.

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Since we use dock lines...they already have loops spliced in and we just put the loop directly on to the shckle. Have no real chafe issues over 5 years of use since the shackle is smooth and it is lubricated under use by the water ...but it is probably getting time to replace them.
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The silicon tape I've seen wears through, balls up and chafes off, much faster than old-fashioned butyl tape, which is pretty quick to go too. I wouldn't put much faith in either one in an anchor line, some scrap leather from a shoe repair shop or a thrift-store purchase probably would do much better.
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I like the dock line idea. I already put the eye splices in them so we'd be able to let these lines do double duty. So... two 50+' 3/4" lines with eye splices at one end. The eye splices are secured to an anchor shackle which is secured to a chain hook. All led back to the mooring cleats on the foredeck with chafing gear where appropriate.

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