When is the last time you dropped a shackle in the water and it floated? Last summer, I lost one of of these overboard and I simply scooped it up with a boathook. Now you can replace a heavy steel shackle with one made from high-tech Samson line. This shackle is constructed from Amsteel Blue (Dyneema SK-75), which is as strong as steel at a fraction of the weight. With this soft shackle, you don't have to deal with dropped rings, or pins that come out. It has a sliding eye splice that opens up to slip over a button knot. Simply milk the cover back up to fasten securely. No matter how much load you put on, a small tug on the string opens the eye when tension is released.
Soft shackles are available in a variety of line diameters, with breaking strengths from 1000 to over 5000 lbs. Custom size loops are made to order for other applications such as downhaul systems, boom bails, and pigtails. If you want a different size or special configuration, just ask.