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2008 Jeanneau 39i S/V Grace
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I use them for just about anything. I have one on my main that replaced a shackle to the sail slide, I use one on my Genny tack, and here is a strange one:
When I added purchase to my ancient (1968) traveler setup, the car had a line with stopper knots running through a SS tube mounted to the car. I replaced that with two shackles on either side attaching them with a soft shackle that was perfectly sized.
Here is the old setup:

And the new:

The only drawback, as stated earlier, is that they require two hands to fasten. But, for things that don't need constant changing, I love the yuppie bastards.
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