Stainless Steel and Galvanised Shackles
Selecting the appropriate shackles for your boating needs requires considering factors such as the working load capacity, material, size, and intended application.
Stainless steel shackles are popular for their corrosion resistance and durability. Galvanized steel shackles are also a solid choice. Both are suitable for harsh marine environments.
D or Dee shackles are named because of their distinctive D-like shape. Their design allows for easy attachment and detachment, making them a versatile choice for various applications on boats and yachts.
Bow shackles have a bow-shaped design and feature a larger, rounded body and a threaded pin. Because of their rounded shape, Bow style shackles are much better at taking angled and lateral loads. This is why they are most commonly used as anchor shackles and in mooring applications.
Snap shackles are designed for quick and easy attachment. This makes them an excellent choice for a sailboat rigging, spinnaker handling, and jib sheet attachment.
Soft shackles, made from Dyneema®, serve as a fantastic substitute for steel shackles. They are lightweight and robust and can be safer than typical steel types.