Snap Shackles popping open?

Parma

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So I've had snap shackles pop open on me at least 3 times. Spinnaker sheets, zero sheets, etc. Is this typical or am I somehow being a ditz? When I look at the shackle and the incident the only thing I can think is NFW.

 

Left Shift

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Why aren't you tying your sheets on?  Or using soft shackles.  

Why do you want flying bits of heavy metal banging around and popping open?  Unless you really hate your bow girl.

(You could make things even worse and go search out an old pair of J-Locks, I suppose.)

 
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casc27

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Sounds like your snap shackle wants to be free...so set it free in the rubbish heap!

 

Sail4beer

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As left shift noted, why not tie off with stopper knots? They don’t pop open and are easy to release and lighter than stainless on those light wind days!

 

P_Wop

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With donkeys' years on big boats I never had a shackle pop open.  Not even on a broaching IOR maxi when there was the world's supply of stainless steel and wire thrashing round off a flogging kite clew.

My only suggestion is either to upgrade to a better grade of snapshackle (Tylaska) or go for the soft alternative. 

Soft ones aren't quite so easy to trip if the fewmets hit the windmill, but then again what are knives for?

 
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silent bob

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With donkeys' years on big boats I never had a shackle pop open.  Not even on a broaching IOR maxi when there was the world's supply of stainless steel and wire thrashing round off a flogging kite clew.

My only suggestion is either to upgrade to a better grade of snapshackle (Tylaska) or go for the soft alternative. 

Soft ones aren't quite so easy to trip if the fewmets hit the windmill, but then again what are knives for?
Each time we try to make something Idiot Proof, they come up with better Idiots!  I, for one, don't want to be out at the end of a pole for a peel with a knife that cut through a Dyneema soft shackle!  I have enough of an issue with a dull fid!  Even Tylaska shackles can get a little grumpy if not kept clean and lubed!  

 
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Left Shift

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Each time we try to make something Idiot Proof, they come up with better Idiots!  I, for one, don't want to be out at the end of a pole for a peel with a knife that cut through a Dyneema soft shackle!  I have enough of an issue with a dull fid!  Even Tylaska shackles can get a little grumpy if not kept clean and lubed!  
Ah...memories.  The last stand of the Tylaska shackle on a spinnaker guy.  The heavy weather, hang-upside-down-out-at-the-end-of-the-pole and spike-away-the-old-kite peel to the 1.5 oz. runner. 

I wonder why we don't do that anymore?  

 

Countryclub

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Tylaska halyard shackles as they wont bang off when they hit the  the spreaders , I have older sparcraft ones retired to the Cruiser still kicking after 40 years. 

 

ctutmark

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If they are plunger pin style shackles, entirely possible the pin has become bent, only takes a little bit of bend. This will cause the shackle to open on its own. It never gets better

 

Crash

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Do you have lanyards on the release?  Sometimes the lanyard is watch getting caught, causing pin to pull and shackle to open....

 

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